Global National celebrates 20 years with one-hour documentary special

Global National will celebrate the flagship newscast’s 20th anniversary with a one-hour documentary special on Sept. 10.

Kevin Newman and Dawna Friesen sharing a moment on the Canadian Screen Awards red carpet in 2019. Friesen was named Best News Anchor, National.

Disruption: 20 Years of Global National will be hosted by current anchor and executive editor Dawna Friesen and former chief anchor Kevin Newman. The special marks Newman’s first appearance on the Global airwaves since 2010. Newman was Global National’s chief anchor at program launch on Sept. 3, 2001.

The documentary takes a look at transformative events over the past two decades, including 9/11, Canada’s involvement in the war in Afghanistan, the Arab Spring, and the global pandemic. The special will also feature stories and recollections of producers, correspondents and video journalists, including Mike Armstrong and Ross Lord, who have been with Global National since its inception.

Ross Lord

“Recognizing the ingenuity, accuracy and tenacity of our journalism over two decades is a momentous occasion for Global National,” said Ward Smith, Senior Vice President, Global News, in a release. “Disruption: 20 Years of Global National reflects the perspective of our devoted journalists who have documented the news and brought it to viewers coast-to-coast. We’re excited to look back and share this perspective with Canadians.”

Over the years, Global National has earned numerous accolades including the Edward R. Murrow Overall Excellence Award for Network Radio and Television in 2013, the first Canadian program to earn the honour in the award’s 42-year history.

Disruption: 20 Years of Global National will air at 8 p.m. MT/AT, 9 p.m. CT and 10 p.m. ET/PT on the Global network and at

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