Canwest Publishing Inc. Appoints New Publisher for The Edmonton Journal



    EDMONTON, Jan. 14 /CNW/ - Dennis Skulsky, President and CEO of Canwest
Publishing Inc., today announced the appointment of John McDonald to the
position of Publisher, The Edmonton Journal.
    "John brings a wealth of experience and exceptional business acumen to
The Journal and I'm delighted that he will be joining our organization," said
Mr. Skulsky. "Well respected for his strong leadership and people skills, I'm
confident he will continue to build on the strong heritage and success of the
paper, while positioning The Journal to compete in a rapidly evolving
multi-media environment."
    Mr. McDonald most recently served as Area President for Verizon
Information Services, a subsidiary of Verizon Communications Inc., a Fortune
100 company. In this position, Mr. McDonald was responsible for nearly 1000
employees in sales, marketing, sales operations, labour relations, finance,
human resources, customer care and public affairs. Prior to that, he held the
position of Senior Vice President of Sales, overseeing Verizon's 5,200-person
sales organization and generating over $3.7B of revenue annually.
    "While attending university in Ottawa, I developed a true fondness for
this country and am thrilled to return to Canada to join The Edmonton
Journal," said Mr. McDonald. "I'm also looking forward to working with such a
talented team and for the opportunity to contribute to the continued growth of
such a prestigious news organization."
    John received his MBA from Babson College in Massachusetts, his Masters
degree from Carleton University in Ottawa, and his Honours BA from Boston
College in Massachusetts.
    The only Canadian newspaper to receive a Pulitzer Prize, The Journal has
a long history of providing quality journalism to its readers. The Edmonton
Journal is the top circulated daily newspaper in Alberta and is proud to play
a vital role in the Edmonton and northern Alberta communities.

    About Canwest Publishing Inc.
    -----------------------------

    Canwest Publishing is a division of Canwest Global Communications
Corp.(www.canwest.com; TSX: CGS and CGS.A). An international media company,
Canwest is Canada's largest media company. In addition to owning Global
Television, 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: Tammy Bender, Public Relations Manager, (416)
442-2177, tbender@canwest.com

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