Global News takes Canada's Pulse



    
        DISCOVER HOW CANADIANS FEEL ABOUT THE ECONOMY, H1N1, GUN VIOLENCE,
                 THEIR SEX LIVES, LOCAL ISSUES AND MUCH MORE

     GLOBAL NATIONAL AND LOCAL NEWSCASTS LAUNCH A WEEK-LONG DIALOGUE WITH
            CANADIANS ON-AIR AND ON-LINE STARTING MONDAY, SEPT. 7

       For additional information, please visit www.canwesttvmedia.com.
    

    TORONTO, Sept. 3 /CNW/ - Global News asked thousands of Canadians to
share their thoughts in a coast-to-coast survey about public issues and
personal concerns. Their feedback will roll out all next week in Canada's
Pulse, an in-depth analysis of what Canadians are thinking, beginning on
Monday, September 7, 2009 on Global National, local newscasts, and on-line.
Viewers will find out where the happiest Canadians live, which city is very
pleased with their mayor, where the fear of H1N1 is highest, and how we stand
on local issues, among many other subjects. Canada's Pulse will tell Canadians
a lot they didn't know about each other.
    Canada's Pulse was conducted by Global News in partnership with
Ipsos-Reid and was designed to capture opinion on national issues and also
provide a response to local concerns in all regions of the country. On Monday,
Global National anchor Kevin Newman launches the coverage with results divided
into topics deemed paramount in the mind's of Canadians. Here are the five
main subjects with just one of the talking points:

    
    Monday, Sept 7     The Economy          Is the stimulus package working?
    Tuesday, Sept 8    Health               Concern about H1N1
    Wednesday, Sept 9  Crime & Safety       Personal safety issues
    Thursday, Sept 10  Sex & Relationships  Who's happy? Where?
    Friday, Sept 11    What Makes Us Tick   Our likes, dislikes and habits.

    Following Global National each night, all local newscasts will analyze
details of the Canada's Pulse results from their cities. Viewers will be in on
some startling and controversial findings. Here is a sampling of topics:

    Global BC          With a surge in gang violence, is crime a big issue in
                       Vancouver?

    Global Calgary     What public official gets a much higher approval
                       rating than the mayor?

    Global Edmonton    What about that high-speed rail link to Calgary?

    Global Saskatoon   What are Saskatoon residents so resoundingly
                       optimistic about?.

    Global Regina      Anyone in favour of a new domed stadium?

    Global Winnipeg    How do Winnipegers rate their sex lives?.

    Global Toronto     Torontonians and the federal government-a fair deal?.

    Global Montreal    What's the number one issue facing Montrealers? .

    Global Maritimes   Is Halifax really a safe city?
    

    Troy Reeb, Senior Vice-President of News and Current Affairs says that
Canada's Pulse will now be an annual Global News feature. "Global News is
committed to opening the conversation with Canadians about what is happening
in their world," he said. "This poll is an ideal way of reflecting those
opinions and concerns, and because it is aimed at both large-theme issues of
national importance and at issues on a municipal and provincial level, it
really encompasses much more feedback than most surveys."
    More Canada's Pulse! Canada's Pulse results will be available on the
newly launched News.GlobalTV.com site, where they can be examined from a
national perspective while the local pages break down the findings pertinent
to each region. Users can have their say and weigh in on the survey online
with forums that allow them to discuss poll results, including key findings
from their city of region. The local sites will also feature all of the
results coverage of the local questionnaires. A live blog with an Ipsos-Reid
expert will allow viewers further discussion and breakdown of the poll.

    About Canwest Broadcasting:

    Canwest Broadcasting operates Global Television and eighteen of the
country's most popular specialty channels, including HGTV, Mystery TV,
National Geographic Channel, Showcase, History Television, Food Network 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 and web sites in Canada, New
Zealand, Australia, Indonesia, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the United
States.





For further information:

For further information: For media inquiries, please contact: David
McCaughna, Publicist, Global News, (647) 338-2485, dmccaughna@canwest.com

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