Streamlining Local Production Enables Stronger Focus on Local Content
Generation, Generates Substantial Operational Efficiencies
TORONTO, Oct. 4 /CNW/ - CanWest MediaWorks Inc. today announced it is
developing state-of-the-art Broadcast Centres at its stations in Vancouver,
Edmonton, Calgary, and Toronto to support the production needs of its local
television stations across Canada. This progressive approach to local news
production will enable CanWest's news programs to immediately begin their
transition to high definition and will improve the operational efficiencies of
its Global and E! stations across the country.
CanWest will be using the latest in broadcast technology, including
digital newsroom systems and virtual sets, to create a state-of-the-art look
and feel to its newscasts across all stations, large and small. Through the
development of a sophisticated broadband network CanWest's local television
stations will now be able to share content of interest to Canadians, by
Canadians, faster than ever, across its entire operations.
News staff in each market will continue to generate local content. All
content will be delivered to a Broadcast Centre and packaged into a program
format for air. Local anchors will continue to deliver the news from their
"We are working towards becoming a leading edge, HD-ready operation by
upgrading our equipment to meet the demands of the changing broadcast
environment," said Christine McGinley, Senior Vice President of Station
Operations, CanWest MediaWorks. "This innovative redesign of our local
conventional television stations will result in significantly improved
efficiencies across our broadcast operations."
"With this dramatic new technology, we will ensure our long term success
as a home-grown news gathering operation," commented Steve Wyatt, Senior Vice
President, News and Information Programming, CanWest MediaWorks.
Approximately fifty new staff roles will be created in total in
Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, and Toronto to enable these Broadcast Centres to
manage the additional workload, while staffing levels in other markets will be
reduced. Once the new system is fully implemented, overall staffing levels
will be reduced by approximately 200 positions across the country.
The first Broadcast Centre is planned to be opened in Vancouver in Spring
2008, with the other three expected to be operational over the next 18 months.
About CanWest MediaWorks Inc.
CanWest MediaWorks Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of CanWest Global
Communications Corp. (TSX: CGS and CGS.A, www.canwestglobal.com), an
international media company. In addition to owning the Global Television
network, CanWest is Canada's largest publisher of English language daily
newspapers, and also owns, operates and/or holds substantial interests in
conventional television, out-of-home advertising, specialty cable channels,
Web sites and radio networks in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Turkey,
Indonesia, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the United States.
For further information: Betsy Chaly, Director of Corporate
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