Mission Accomplished - Global and Virgin Radio's '24' Ultimate Fan Marathon successfully concludes at 71 hours and 2 minutes



    

         RYAN GRECH OF MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO SETS NEW WORLD RECORD FOR
         'CONTINUOUS TV VIEWING' & WALKS AWAY WITH $24,000 CASH PRIZE

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    TORONTO, Jan. 9 /CNW/ - It's a wrap! 71 hours and 2 minutes is how long
it took for Mississauga's Ryan Grech to put his stamp on a new world record
for 'Continuous TV Viewing' and be awarded the $24,000 grand prize in Global
and Virgin Radio's 24 Ultimate Fan Marathon Contest.
    Ryan officially won the cash prize today at 6:47pm EST, and held on for 1
hour and 2 minutes more to claim the world record title at 7:49pm EST.
    "'24' is a fan favourite and we truly wanted to celebrate its long
awaited return to primetime. This adventure did not disappoint," said Jamie
Schouela, VP, Marketing Strategy, Global Television. "The contestants gave it
their all, and Ryan impressed us beyond our imagination - we're absolutely
thrilled for his success."
    Kicking off on Tuesday, January 6, the marathon concluded this evening at
Yorkdale Mall as Ryan, the only remaining contestant of the original nine,
stopped after nearly viewing the first five seasons of '24', consecutively.
    The previous official record for this category in the Guinness Book of
World Records was 69 hours and 48 minutes.

    
    CONTESTANT ELIMINATION & PRIZING DETAILS:

    -  As of 5pm EST Wednesday, January 7th... Victoria Cox bowed out
    -  As of 3am EST Thursday, January 8th... all 8 remaining contestants
       have passed the 36-hour mark and have won a Sharp Blu-ray DVD Player!
    -  As of 3:43am EST Thursday, January 8th... Matt Clark fell asleep and
       was eliminated
    -  As of 5:07am EST Thursday, January 8th... David Lin fell asleep and
       was eliminated
    -  As of 10:50am EST Thursday, January 8th... Essie Sahin fell asleep and
       was eliminated
    -  As of 3pm EST Thursday, January 8th... 5 contestants passed the
       48-hour mark and won a 19" Sharp AQUOS LCD television
    -  As of 3:01pm EST Thursday, January 8th... Murtz Jaffer bowed out
    -  As of 6:30pm EST Thursday, January 8th... Bradley Goldstein bowed out
    -  As of 9:05pm EST Thursday, January 8th... Sylvie Lamoureux fell asleep
       and was eliminated
    -  As of 3:41am EST TODAY... Marni Hefner fell asleep and was eliminated
    -  As of 6:47pm EST TODAY... Ryan Grech surpassed current world record
       and wins $24,000 cash prize
    -  At 7:49pm EST TODAY... New World Record holder, Ryan Grech, withdraws
       from marathon contest
    

    24 Season 7 begins with a 2-night, 4-hour premiere starting this Sunday,
January 11 - 8pm ET/PT on Global. The premiere concludes the following evening
on Monday, January 12 - 8pm ET/PT.
    Subsequent episodes of 24 will broadcast Mondays - 9pm ET/PT, starting
January 19.

    Global Television is a Canwest Broadcasting network.

    About Canwest Broadcasting:

    Canwest Broadcasting operates two conventional television networks,
Global Television and E!, and eighteen 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.

    About Virgin Radio 999

    Virgin Radio 999 Toronto launched in August of 2008 and was the first FM
Virgin Radio station in North America. The station is owned and operated by
Astral Media and licensed from Virgin Radio International, one of the fastest
growing companies in Richard Branson's Virgin Group. Virgin Radio 999 is a
Contemporary Hit Music station that focuses on playing upbeat current and
recent popular music, delivering high profile personalities and non-stop
entertainment to Torontonians every day of the week. For more information
please visit www.virginradio999.com

    About Sharp Electronics of Canada Ltd.

    Sharp Electronics of Canada Ltd. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sharp
Corporation of Osaka, Japan, a worldwide developer of the core technologies
integral to shaping the next generation of home entertainment, appliance and
digital office equipment systems. A world leader in Liquid Crystal Display
(LCD), Sharp is the developer of the SharpVision(R) line of projection
products and the revolutionary AQUOS(R) LCD Televisions and has won numerous
awards for the technology behind the AQUOS(R) line. Sharp continues to
demonstrate its home entertainment leadership by advancing technologies such
as High Definition Television (HDTV) and front projection technology. Sharp
Electronics of Canada Ltd. is located in Mississauga, Ontario. For more
information, visit www.sharp.ca

    
    AQUOS is a registered trademark of Sharp Corporation.


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For further information: Media Contacts: Nikki Lamb Tudico, Publicity
Coordinator - Global and E!, (416) 934-7829, ntudico@canwest.com; Grace Park,
Publicity Manager - Global and E!, (416) 967-2484, gpark@canwest.com


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