|Predecessors||Western International Communications
|Founded||2010 (through acquisition of Canwest)|
|Headquarters||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Key people||Paul Robertson, president|
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.
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.
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, 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. Despite both companies being controlled by the Shaw family, Corus and the present Shaw Media remain independent, separately-managed entities.
On November 5, 2012, Shaw Communications announced a new corporate logo which was promptly introduced on all its media platforms.
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:
- BC (CHAN Vancouver)
- Okanagan (CHBC Kelowna)
- Edmonton (CITV)
- Calgary (CICT)
- Lethbridge (CISA)
- Regina (CFRE)
- Saskatoon (CFSK)
- Winnipeg (CKND)
- Kenora (CJBN)
- Thunder Bay (CHFD, affiliate)
- Toronto (CIII)
- Montreal (CKMI)
- New Brunswick (CHNB Saint John)
- Halifax (CIHF)
- "Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2010-782". Crtc.gc.ca. Retrieved 2012-05-06.
- Corus Entertainment (1999-06-10). "Shaw Communications' Broadcast Properties Take on New Corporate Identity". Retrieved 2010-10-27.
- "Shaw Media new Corporate logo". Channel Canada. Retrieved November 5, 2012.
- "Shaw exec Paul Robertson dies at 59". CTV News. 2014-09-03. Retrieved 2014-09-12.
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