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Global News is the news and current affairs division of the Canadian Global Television Network. The network is owned by Corus Entertainment, which oversees all of the network’s national news programming as well as local news on its 15 owned-and-operated stations.

Corus also operates several talk radio stations. The same division also operates a news website under the same brand.

Although Global stations had always carried local news in various forms, the first tentative steps towards a national presence came in 1994 with the launch of First National with Peter Kent, an early-evening program focusing on national and international news but airing only in central Canada.

After acquiring the Western International Communications (WIC) group of stations, Global canceled First National in February 2001 and briefly aired the similar WIC newscast Canada Tonight in its place.

In September 2001, Global replaced Canada Tonight with a new network newscast, Global National, anchored by Kevin Newman until 2010 and Dawna Friesen since. It aired from the network’s new national news center at CHAN-TV’s studio in Burnaby, British Columbia.

The program initially aired only on weekdays. In February 2005, it launched a weekend edition anchored by Tara Nelson until 2008 and Robin Gill since.