Global Television to launch in high definition in Calgary and Edmonton

                     Canwest Now Leads the Industry with
             High Definition Transmitters in Five Major Markets

                     Global first Edmonton station in HD

    TORONTO, May 26 /CNW/ - Global Calgary and Global Edmonton will launch in
High Definition this June, joining Global BC, Global Ontario and CHCH. With
these additional two HD transmitters, Canwest now has more stations
broadcasting in High Definition than any other Canadian English broadcast
    The HD launch in Edmonton marks a significant milestone as Global becomes
the first local station to transmit in High Definition.
    "Global's mandate is to deliver the ultimate viewing experience for
television fans, and our HD expansion into the key Calgary and Edmonton
markets reinforces this commitment," said Barbara Williams, Executive Vice
President, Content, Canwest Broadcasting.
    With the majority of Global's primetime programs available in High
Definition, even more Canadians can now enjoy their favourite shows such as
House, Survivor, 24, The Simpsons, Bones and Entertainment Tonight Canada in
premium HD quality. Television service providers within the footprint of each
transmitter must now carry Global Calgary and Global Edmonton in HD and
provide simultaneous substitution of US HD signals.
    For additional information on Global's HD series, please visit:

    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,
History, 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, and
the United States.

For further information:

For further information: For media inquiries, please contact: Grace
Park, Publicity Manager, Canwest Broadcasting, (416) 967-2484,; Jacqueline Kendall, Publicist, Canwest Broadcasting, (416)

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