Global Toronto Launches a Reinvigorated News Lineup October 11, Beginning with the
Hotly-Anticipated The Morning Show
Award-winning 16x9 - The Bigger Picture expands to one hour on Saturday, October 15
Political News Powerplayer Tom Clark to Host The West Block Launching Sunday, October 16
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TORONTO, Sept. 7, 2011 /CNW/ - Global News continues to grow across the country beginning this October with the
launch of several original programs, while building on already
successful and established shows. From a re-energized Global Toronto news lineup to the expansion of the award-winning 16x9 The Bigger Picture, and the launch of the new national political program The West Block, Global News is providing innovative programming designed to keep Canadians informed
"The lineup of programs we are launching and expanding reflects our
dedication to developing the original and thoughtful news content
Canadians want and deserve," says Troy Reeb, Vice President, Global News. "As news and information play an increasingly important role in their
lives, we are ensuring that our viewers are informed of worldwide
events while staying connected to their local community."
On Tuesday, October 11, Global Toronto gives viewers returning to work after the Thanksgiving long-weekend a
fresh and expanded news lineup with the launch of The Morning Show from 6-9am ET and the shift of the award-winning News Hour newscast with Anne Mroczkowski and Leslie Roberts to a half hour
earlier at 5:30pm ET.
Global Toronto will kick-start weekday mornings with the much-loved Liza Fromer,
anchoring a welcome departure from the traditional morning news format
with a team of broadcast professionals, including Dave Gerry, Kris
Reyes, and Daru Dhillon. Later that same day, News Hour will report on the day's top headlines a half-hour earlier at 5:30pm
ET. This move allows viewers to catch the most important local news and
weather first, followed by Global National's in-depth coverage of the biggest stories happening across Canada and
around the world at 6:30pm ET. Helmed by 2011 Gemini Award-winning Best Anchor Dawna Friesen, Global National continuously garners over one million viewers a night, and the new
6:30pm ET timeslot ensures it remains Canada's first source for
national and international news.
In addition to the Toronto market, Global National will move to 6:30pm in Montreal as well, a move that aligns Global National's Toronto and Montreal timeslot with the Maritime region. Global National will continue to air at 5:30pm in all other markets west of Toronto.
The announcement of The Morning Show's launch date is the latest step in plans for additional morning news
programming on Global stations across Canada. Additional information
regarding new programs in other markets will be revealed soon.
Global News' 16x9 - The Bigger Picture enters its fourth season with a new look and new format. Beginning Saturday, October 15th, the award-winning weekly newsmagazine will expand to one hour, giving
viewers even more of the provocative stories they've come to count on.
This change in format will allow 16x9 to dig deeper, and go further to find the answers viewers are looking
for. 16x9 airs Saturdays at 7:00 pm in all markets.
Global News is pleased to announce that The West Block will debut Sunday, October 16th. Hosted by veteran journalist Tom Clark, The West Block will hold Ottawa to account like no other show. Airing weekly from
Parliament Hill, The West Block will bring the real concerns of Canadians to the politicians and
bureaucrats to demand answers. With over 40 years' experience, Clark is one of Canada's most
recognizable and respected journalists. Prior to joining the Global News team, Clark served as a foreign correspondent, bureau chief, and
national news anchor.
The West Block will air Sundays at 10am in BC and Alberta; 12pm in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec; and at 1pm in the Maritimes.
In continuing its expansion of political programming, Global News will also be launching provincial half-hour political programs in
several markets. Similar in format to Global Toronto's Focus Ontario and Global Montreal's Focus Montreal, these new political programs are slated to launch at Global Regina, Global Saskatoon and Global Winnipeg in the coming months, with specific details being announced shortly.
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million customers, through a reliable and extensive fibre network. Shaw
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