The Global Television Network
(more commonly called Global
) is a major English
network in Canada. It first signed on in 1974
as an Ontario
-only independent channel, but went almost nationwide in 1997
when stations owned by Canwest[?]
were renamed. There are still large areas of Canada where Global is not available, most notably Newfoundland
. In 2001
Global started a national newscast. Global airs almost exclusively United States
-produced programming, and has been criticized for not producing enough of its own shows and being too cheap.
Hit shows currently airing on Global include Friends, Frasier, Will and Grace[?], The Simpsons and Everybody Loves Raymond.
Regional stations that have been absorbed into the Global network included:
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