Global News Breaks Political Talk Show Conventions with the Launch of The West Block with Tom Clark

Refreshing Take on National Current Affairs Program
Launches Sunday, November 6

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TORONTO, Nov. 2, 2011 /CNW/ - Global News announced today the launch date of its new national current affairs program The West Block with Tom Clark, hosted by the revered broadcast veteran and Global News' Chief Political Correspondent. The engaging, provocative and informative program launches this Sunday, November 6 at 11am ET/10am PT/12pm AT.

Airing weekly from Parliament Hill, The West Block with Tom Clark will cut through the spin and political jargon to make issues accessible to all Canadians. The program will circumvent political talking points and engage in down-to-earth conversations that will enlighten viewers on all the hot-topic issues making waves across the country. The West Block with Tom Clark will also go behind the scenes and show the real, unscripted moments on Parliament Hill to give viewers an insider glimpse of day-to-day life in our nation's capital. Viewers can also join the conversation and weigh in on topics via Skype, Twitter, Facebook and email.

"The West Block with Tom Clark gets viewers involved by focusing on the issues they care most about, then demanding answers to these concerns directly from those in charge," says Troy Reeb Vice President, Global News. "Tom and the West Block team will give Canadians the chance to sidestep stuffy, one-sided political baffle-gab to get straight to the answers from the country's top politicians and thought leaders."

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. His career has seen him interview every prime minister since Pierre Trudeau, cover every federal election campaign since 1974 and report from six war zones.

The West Block with Tom Clark airs Sundays at the following times:

            10am - Global BC, Global Edmonton, Global Calgary
11am - Global Regina, Global Saskatoon, Global Winnipeg, Global Toronto, Global Montreal
12pm - Global Maritimes

Global Saskatoon, Global Regina, Global Winnipeg, Global Toronto and Global Montreal will also air respective local provincial affairs program s each Sunday following The West Block with Tom Clark.

Global Television is a Shaw Media network.

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