Canwest Broadcasting appoints Kenton Boston as Vice President of Global National News



    Names Neill Fitzpatrick as Global National Executive Producer

    VANCOUVER, Aug. 19 /CNW/ - Canwest Broadcasting announced today the
appointments of Kenton Boston to the position of Vice-President of Global
National News and Neill Fitzpatrick as Global National's Executive Producer.
    Boston's new responsibilities as Vice-President of Global National
include providing strategic editorial direction to the Global National
management team, developing the Global News network identity across Canada,
and overseeing the launch of Global National's four new foreign bureaus.
Boston reports to the Senior Vice-President of News and Current Affairs,
Troy Reeb, and was most recently Global National's senior executive producer.
    As Global National's new Executive Producer, Fitzpatrick oversees the
day-to-day operation of the national newscast, working closely with the
management and editorial team to further develop the newscast's competitive
edge and its distinctive editorial and production style. His responsibilities
include overseeing Global National's online presence and liaising with Global
News affiliates, foreign bureaus and news partners in the sharing of
resources.
    "We are pleased to have two of the industry's best talents to lead our
award-winning Global National team into the next era of electronic
journalism," says Troy Reeb, Senior Vice-President of News and Current Affairs
at Canwest Media Inc. "More Canadians than ever have come to realize that
Global National stands for reliable reporting and provocative storytelling.
Along with our award-winning anchor Kevin Newman, Kenton and Neill are the
perfect team to take the Global National brand to new heights, especially with
the launch of four new foreign bureaus."
    Boston joined Global National in February 2005 as Executive Producer,
bringing with him more than 21 years experience in both radio and television
journalism. During his tenure as executive producer and later senior executive
producer, Boston took Global National from third position, behind news
juggernauts CTV and CBC, to become the most-watched national newscast in
Canada.
    Prior to joining Global, Boston worked at CTV for ten years, holding a
variety of senior positions including that of senior producer for the
network's flagship morning show, "Canada AM." A graduate of Seneca College,
Boston started his broadcast journalism career in radio at CKO Radio in
Toronto.
    Fitzpatrick joins Global National from Global Edmonton where he was most
recently the news director for the last two years. In his senior management
role at Global Edmonton, Fitzpatrick grew the station's ratings to become the
number one television news station in central and northern Alberta.
    Throughout his illustrious career, Fitzpatrick has worked as a reporter,
anchor, producer and managing editor since 1980. He has been with ITV and
Global Edmonton for more than 25 years. He recently completed his Masters of
Professional Communications degree at Royal Roads University in Victoria.

    About Global National:

    Global National with Kevin Newman offers Canadians an early evening
national news alternative with a distinctive voice and approach to the day's
top stories. (www.globalnational.com) The multiple award-winning half-hour
newscast was recently voted Best Newscast by the Radio and Television News
Directors Association of Canada and the Academy of Canadian Cinema &
Television (Gemini Awards). Global National is broadcast live seven days a
week at 5:30 p.m. (6:30 p.m. in the Maritimes) with news bureaus and
correspondents in every major city in Canada; Washington, D.C.; London, U.K.;
Beijing, China; New Delhi, India and Jerusalem, Israel.

    About Canwest Broadcasting:

    Canwest Broadcasting operates two conventional television networks,
Global Television and E!, and twenty of the country's most popular specialty
channels, including HGTV, Mystery TV, National Geographic Channel, Showcase,
Slice(TM) and TVtropolis. Canwest Broadcasting is a division of Canwest Media
Inc.

    About Canwest Media Inc.

    Canwest Media Inc is a subsidiary of Canwest Global Communications Corp.
(www.canwest.com; TSX: CGS and CGS.A). An international media company, Canwest
is Canada's largest publisher of paid English language daily newspapers and
owns, operates and/or holds substantial interests in conventional television,
out-of-home advertising, specialty cable channels, web sites and radio
stations in Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Turkey, Indonesia, Singapore, the
United Kingdom and the United States.





For further information:

For further information: Media contact: Yvonne Chiang, (604) 422-6736,
ychiang@globaltv.com

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