Global News And Canwest News Service Select Ipsos Reid As Pollster Of Record

Partnership Provides Canwest Mediaworks With Access To National Polling Capabilities And In-Depth Research

Friday, October 21, 2005

Toronto, ON – Global News and CanWest News Service today announced that they have selected Ipsos Reid as their pollster of record. This agreement will enable Global News and CanWest MediaWorks papers across the country to take a leadership role in tapping into the issues that Canadians care about most.

“The partnership is a great fit,” said Gerry Nott, Editor-in-Chief, CanWest News Service. “Ipsos Reid has an extensive national reach to support our network of newspapers and television stations across the country, providing us with the ability to poll in all provinces. We will also be able to supplement our print and television coverage by sharing more detailed research and polling results with our audiences via our online newspaper sites and web properties such as canada.com.”

“Ipsos Reid is a leader in public polling on politics, policy, and consumer issues and trends,” added Steve Wyatt, Senior Vice President, News and Information for CanWest MediaWorks. “With this partnership we’ll be able to ensure we provide consumers with the most comprehensive and scientifically accurate background for all news stories and trends, plus ensure we’re in tune with public perceptions and concerns.”

The agreement provides CanWest News Service and Global News with original polling as well as access to Ipsos’ regular weekly polling and surveys and research on a wide variety of topics. The news teams will also have special access to Ipsos’ in-house experts such as Dr. Darrell Bricker, President of Public Affairs and John Wright, Senior Vice President.

“We look forward to this partnership with Canada’s largest combined news property,” said Darrell Bricker. “Our combined resources and brands will provide Canadians with reliable insights and trustworthy assessments about what people in this country think about and need to know” he said.

About Global Television
Global News is a division CanWest MediaWorks Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of CanWest Global Communications Corp, (CanWest) (NYSE: CWG; TSX: CGS.SV and CGS.NV, www.canwestglobal.com). CanWest, an international media company, is Canada’s largest media company. In addition to owning the Global Television Network, CanWest is Canada’s largest publisher of daily newspapers, and also owns, operates and/or holds substantial interests in conventional television, out-of-home advertising, specialty cable channels, Web sites and radio networks in Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Ireland.

About CanWest News Service
CanWest News Service is a division CanWest MediaWorks Publications Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of CanWest Global Communications Corp, (CanWest) (NYSE: CWG; TSX: CGS.SV and CGS.NV, www.canwestglobal.com). CanWest, an international media company, is Canada’s largest media company. In addition to owning the Global Television Network, CanWest is Canada’s largest publisher of daily newspapers, and also owns, operates and/or holds substantial interests in conventional television, out-of-home advertising, specialty cable channels, Web sites and radio networks in Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Ireland.

For more information on this news release, please contact:
John Wright
Senior Vice President
Ipsos Reid Corporation
416.324.2900
john.wright@ipsos-reid.com

Ipsos Reid
Ipsos Reid is Canada's market intelligence leader and the country’s leading provider of public opinion research. With operations in eight cities, Ipsos-Reid employs more than 300 researcher professionals and support staff in Canada. The company has the biggest network of telephone call centres in Canada, as well as the largest pre-recruited household and on-line panels. Ipsos Reid’s Canadian marketing research and public affairs practices are staffed with seasoned research consultants with extensive industry-specific backgrounds, offering the premier suite of research vehicles in Canada—including the Ipsos Trend Report, the leading source of public opinion in the country—all of which provide clients with actionable and relevant information. Ipsos Reid is an Ipsos company, a leading global survey-based market research group.

To learn more, please visit www.ipsos.ca.

Ipsos
Ipsos is a leading global survey-based market research company, owned and managed by research professionals. Ipsos helps interpret, simulate, and anticipate the needs and responses of consumers, customers, and citizens around the world.

Member companies assess market potential and interpret market trends. They develop and build brands. They help clients build long-term relationships with their customers. They test advertising and study audience responses to various media. They measure public opinion around the globe.

Ipsos member companies offer expertise in advertising, customer loyalty, marketing, media, and public affairs research, as well as forecasting, modeling, and consulting. Ipsos has a full line of custom, syndicated, omnibus, panel, and online research products and services, guided by industry experts and bolstered by advanced analytics and methodologies. The company was founded in 1975 and has been publicly traded since 1999. In 2004, Ipsos generated global revenues of € 605.6 million ($752.8 million U.S.).

Visit www.ipsos.com to learn more about Ipsos offerings and capabilities.


Global News And Canwest News Service Select Ipsos Reid As Pollster Of Record

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