Canwest launches national internship program for students with disabilities



    TORONTO, July 15 /CNW/ - Canwest announced today the launch of the
Canwest Internships for Students with Disabilities, an initiative that marks
the company's ongoing involvement in an industry-wide effort to address the
under-representation of persons with disabilities in the media.
    "Canwest values inclusiveness and is dedicated to reflecting the
diversity of the communities we serve and represent," said David McCauley,
Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Canwest Broadcasting. "By improving
access to training and skills development opportunities for the disability
community, the Canwest Internships for Students with Disabilities will
encourage better participation of persons with disabilities in the broadcast
industry and ensure that our broadcast system accurately reflects the presence
and portrayal of all people in Canada."
    The annual internships - valued at approximately $10,000 each - will be
awarded to five Canadian students with permanent disabilities each year for
the next seven years. Recipients in pursuit of a career in broadcasting will
receive a challenging opportunity to work in private television with three- or
four-month paid internships at one of Canwest's broadcast properties (Global,
E!, or Specialty).
    The Canwest Internships for Students with Disabilities are open to
Canadian citizens with a permanent disability who are currently enrolled in -
or have been accepted to and will be attending full-time studies at - an
accredited Canadian post-secondary institution in the field of broadcasting or
journalism. Fully completed application packages and all accompanying
documents must be submitted by midnight August 31st 2008. Applications will be
reviewed by a cross-Canada panel that includes representation from Canwest and
the broadcast industry. For an application form and a complete listing of
terms and conditions, please visit
http://www.canwest.com/careers/internship.asp; any additional
internship-related questions may be forwarded to
disabilityinternships@canwest.com.

    About Canwest Broadcasting:

    Canwest Broadcasting operates two conventional television networks,
Global Television and E!, and twenty-one 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: Lauren Wilson, Manager,
Community Relations & Public Affairs, Canwest, lawilson@canwest.com, (416)
967-2485

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