Shaw Media

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Shaw Media Inc.
Type Subsidiary
Industry Media
Predecessors Western International Communications
Canwest Global
Alliance Atlantis
Founded 2010 (through acquisition of Canwest)
Headquarters Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Area served Canada
Key people Paul Robertson, president
Owners Shaw Communications
Divisions Television

Shaw Media is the television broadcasting division of Shaw Communications. Shaw Media owns the Global Television Network, which broadcasts nationally via 13 television stations, as well as 19 specialty channels including Slice, HGTV Canada, Showcase, Food Network Canada, and History.


The Canwest logo

Canwest, formerly a major Canadian broadcaster and newspaper publisher owned by the family of Izzy Asper, filed for bankruptcy protection in October 2009. This was widely blamed on the debt incurred when the company acquired the Southam newspaper chain in 2000, and then most of the properties of Alliance Atlantis in 2007, the latter in partnership with Goldman Sachs Capital Partners.

Former logo 2010-2012

In May 2010, Shaw announced an agreement with Canwest's lenders and with Goldman Sachs Capital Partners to acquire the Canwest broadcasting properties for C$2.0 billion; the deal was approved by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) on October 22 of that year,[1] and completed on October 27. Canwest's newspapers and other publishing assets were spun off earlier in 2010 to form Postmedia Network, a new company led by National Post CEO Paul Godfrey.

The new division was named Shaw Media, reviving a name previously used for a separate set of media properties owned by Shaw prior to 1999, when the latter group was spun off as Corus Entertainment.[2] Despite both companies being controlled by the Shaw family, Corus and the present Shaw Media remain independent, separately-managed entities.

The only asset sold off since the formation was BBC Kids to Knowledge Network Corporation on May 12, 2011 after the CRTC approval on April 29, 2011.

On November 5, 2012, Shaw Communications announced a new corporate logo which was promptly introduced on all its media platforms.[3]

On September 2, 2014 Paul W. Robertson, the president of Shaw Media since its creation, died of cancer aged 59.[4]


Shaw Media operates twenty specialty channels, two community channels and one pay-per-view channel, including Slice, HGTV Canada, Showcase, Food Network Canada, National Geographic Channel, Lifetime, BBC Canada and History, among others.

The Global Television network broadcasts via 13 television stations, reaching:


  1. ^ "Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2010-782". Retrieved 2012-05-06. 
  2. ^ Corus Entertainment (1999-06-10). "Shaw Communications' Broadcast Properties Take on New Corporate Identity". Retrieved 2010-10-27. 
  3. ^ "Shaw Media new Corporate logo". Channel Canada. Retrieved November 5, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Shaw exec Paul Robertson dies at 59". CTV News. 2014-09-03. Retrieved 2014-09-12. 

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