Global News: The Definitive Source for Inauguration Coverage.

     Global National Anchor Kevin Newman to Report Live From Washington
                               January 18-21.

           Canadian Youth Ambassador Named Special Correspondent.

  to Feature Exclusive Up-To-The-Minute
                               Online Coverage.

       Live Two-Hour Special Directly Prior To Inauguration Ceremony.

    TORONTO, Jan. 14 /CNW/ - Next Tuesday, January 20th marks the most
anticipated Presidential Inauguration in US history. After an election that
had the whole world watching, Barack Obama will be sworn-in as the 44th
President of the United States, and Global News will be there, with the most
comprehensive news coverage in Canada.
    "Global News will be Canada's No.1 destination for extensive Inauguration
coverage," said Troy Reeb, SVP, News and Current Affairs, Global Television.
"From the on-air newscasts and our pre-ceremony special to our local coverage
and the Global National website, Global News will provide Canadians with
expansive and up-to-the-minute information on one of the biggest political
events of the year."
    Anchoring Global National live from Washington, Kevin Newman, along with
Washington Bureau Chief Eric Sorensen, and correspondents Paul Johnson and
Mike Armstrong, will offer unprecedented access to the must-attend political
affair of 2009, and context into what it means for Canadians. From the
millions-strong crowds and frantic last-minute preparations, to the pomp and
circumstance that will usher change into the White House, Global National will
provide Canadians an all-access pass to the most glamorous event in
international politics. Starting Sunday January 18th, Global National will
feature daily reports of the Inauguration-related happenings in the US capitol
during its regular telecast(*). Coverage will include interviews with experts,
including Obama biographer David Mendell, as well reports from the various
events surrounding the Inauguration, and extensive coverage of the main
    From the celebrity endorsements to the parties in the streets, the
election evoked unparalleled political fervour from young Americans, and
Global National's special correspondent will report on the Inauguration
through the eyes of this next generation. Alexandra Rutwind, a Canadian
university student invited to attend the Inauguration as part of a conference,
will report exclusively for Global National and offer a first-person account
of the Inauguration from the point of view of a young Canadian. Invited by the
Obama camp, Rutwind will have the privilege of attending coveted and
little-known events like meetings with Colin Powell and invite-only galas,
while offering viewers a glimpse into these exclusive engagements.
    On Tuesday morning at 11 am ET, a two-hour live Global News special will
air directly prior to the Inauguration. Hosted by Kevin Newman, whose
seven-year tenure anchoring ABC News provides an unrivalled understanding of
the issues on both sides of the border, the special will feature former
ambassador to the US Derek Burney, political expert Melissa Hausman, and
President of the Ontario Black History Society, Rosemary Sadlier, all of whom
will shed light on what makes this Inauguration the most momentous in US
history, and how it will impact Canada.
    As well, in keeping with the digital culture that helped Obama win with
the voters, the Global National website will feature wall-to-wall Inauguration
coverage. The site will feature interactive live blogs, where users can blog
alongside the news team, as well as streamed news coverage from 11 am ET on
the day of the Inauguration and continuing throughout the afternoon.
    For online coverage, visit

    (*) Global National airs 5:30 pm local time in Ontario, BC, Quebec,
        Winnipeg, Regina/Saskatoon, Calgary/Edmonton/Lethbridge and 6:30 pm
        local time in the Maritimes.

    About Canwest Broadcasting:

    Canwest Broadcasting operates two conventional television networks,
Global Television and E!, and twenty-one 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.
(; 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.

For further information:

For further information: Media contacts: Rupinder Gill, Publicist,
Global National and Ontario, (416) 934-7853,; Jane Collins,
Publicity Coordinator, Global National and Ontario, (416) 967-2471,

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