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Global National
The 2006-present opening of Global National
Format news
Starring Kevin Newman(2001-present)
Tara Nelson (2005-2008)
Robin Gill(2008-present)
Carolyn Jarvis (2008-present)
Country of origin Canada
Language(s) English
No. of episodes N/A
Running time 30 mins.
Original channel Global
Picture format 480i
Original run September 3, 2001 – present
Preceded by Canada Tonight
External links
Official website

Global National is the national newscast of Global Television Network in Canada.

The program's weekday anchor is Kevin Newman, whose name was added to the program's title from the start of its second season. From 2001 until 2008, Newman anchored the program from Global's Vancouver station CHAN-TV using a studio shared with local newscasts. In February 2008, Newman moved to Ottawa and now anchors from a specially-built digital newsroom and studio facility in the city.[1] Global National is the only Canadian national news to be regularly anchored from the capital. The newscast's main editorial and production staff remain at CHAN-TV in Vancouver from which the Ottawa studio's cameras are controlled remotely. Similar remote-controlled greenscreen studios have been introduced at a number of local Global newscasts.

Carolyn Jarvis and Robin Gill currently share the weekend anchor position of Global National, hosting on Saturday and Sunday respectively. Formerly the position was held by Tara Nelson, who became Global's Europe bureau chief in September 2008.[2]

Global National also airs on CJON-TV (NTV) in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador.



Global National aired for the first time on September 3, 2001. Prior to its launch, Global aired Canada Tonight (which it had inherited from the WIC group of stations) for a few months; that program, in turn, had replaced regional newscasts such as First National. Weekend broadcasts began on February 26, 2005.

Until February 2006, Global National aired in different time slots across the country: 5:30 in British Columbia, 6:00 in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, 6:30 in Alberta, Ontario and Quebec, and 11:15 in the Maritime Provinces. The program is now aired live at 5:30 p.m. on Global stations in the Eastern Time Zone and 6:30 p.m. in the Atlantic Time Zone. This version of the show is then broadcast via satellite tape delay in time zones to the west (at 5:30 local time), with updates if news events warrant. The timeslot allows it to become a lead-in to local news in most of the country. While strong in Western Canada from day one – particularly in B.C., where the Global station CHAN dominates local news ratings – the timeslot change allowed it to improve its ratings significantly in Ontario. Its current lead-in in that province, The Young and the Restless, had previously given a strong ratings bump to CIII's local newscast.

Despite having fewer reporters and being a latecomer to national news in Canada, Global National has come to rival its competitors at CTV National News and CBC's The National in both awards and ratings. During most weeks since the timeslot change in February, Global National has ranked as Canada's most-watched national newscast according to the Bureau of Broadcast Measurement. This is with the caveat that only initial airings from Monday to Friday are compared; CTV still leads on a seven-day basis.[3]


Substitute anchors

Regular substitute anchors have included

Unique offerings

Global National was the first mainstream Canadian newscast to be released as a podcast. In 2006 the download was expanded to include video for playback on a video iPod.

Global National often uses VoxPolls using text messaging to conduct informal polls, the results are shown on the newscast and in the National Post.



  • Kevin Newman - Anchor
  • Robin Gill - Sunday Anchor/Primary Substitute Anchor/British Columbia correspondent
  • Carolyn Jarvis - Saturday Anchor/Correspondent
  • Francis Silvaggio - Alberta correspondent
  • Crystal Goomansingh - Manitoba correspondent
  • Mike Drolet - Ontario correspondent
  • Jacques Bourbeau - Ottawa bureau chief
  • Peter Harris - Ottawa correspondent
  • Mike Armstrong - Quebec correspondent
  • Ross Lord - East Coast correspondent
  • Shirlee Engel - Ottawa correspondent
  • Eric Sorensen - Washington bureau chief
  • Paul Johnson - Washington correspondent
  • Stuart Greer - Foreign Editor (London)
  • Tara Nelson - Europe bureau chief (London)
  • Lauren McNabb - Middle East correspondent (Jerusalem)
  • Jas Johal - South Asia correspondent (New Delhi)
  • Ben O'Hara-Byrne - Asia correspondent (Beijing)

Global National is also backed by the local Global News teams across Canada.


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