Award-Winning Journalist Debuts as Global National Anchor Monday, September 20th

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TORONTO, Aug. 23 /CNW/ - On Monday, September 20, Global National welcomes Dawna Friesen back to Canada as she debuts in the role of Anchor and Executive Editor

"September 20 is an historic day for Global News," said Troy Reeb, Senior Vice President of News and Current Affairs for Canwest Broadcasting. "Dawna's breadth of international experience, solid foundations in Canada, along with her curiosity and tenacity, will quickly establish her as a major presence in the television news landscape. With Dawna anchoring, Global National will continue to be the dependable window on what's happening in the world for our growing audience of more than one million viewers."

A Winnipeg-native, Friesen began her news career in Canada in 1985 with postings in Portage La Prairie, Brandon, Saskatoon and Thunder Bay. She went on to work for both the CTV and CBC at the national level. For the past 11 years, she has served as the London-based correspondent for NBC News covering everything from the murder of journalist Daniel Pearl in Pakistan to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to the British Royal Family. Assignments have taken her to Africa, Middle East, Russia and across Europe. Dawna was part of the Emmy® award-winning team covering Barack Obama's election and returned to Vancouver in February to report on the Winter Olympics.

Ahead of Friesen's start, Global will be launching its most aggressive advertising campaign in the history of Global National to celebrate her arrival. A multi-city tour, where she will visit Canadians coast-to-coast, will also be rolling out through the fall.

Global National airs weeknights at 5:30pm/6:30pm Maritimes on Global and 7:30pm NFLD on NTV.

Global Television is a Canwest Broadcasting Network.

About Canwest Broadcasting
Canwest Broadcasting operates Global Television and eighteen 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.

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