Global to premiere Crime Beat TV series based on podcast

Global TV is set to premiere what it’s billing as the first original podcast to debut as a TV series on a Canadian network.

Crime Beat (13×60) will make its television debut March 7. Hosted by Global Calgary crime reporter Nancy Hixt, the television adaptation – like the podcast – will take an indepth look at some high-profile cases.

Nancy Hixt

The pilot episode explores the 2011 Calgary homicide of six-year-old Meika Jordan. In addition to stories from Hixt, Global says the series will showcase the work of other Global News journalists, including Antony Robart, Rumina Daya, Alan Carter, Catherine McDonald, Caryn Lieberman and Eric Sorensen.

“The instant success of the Crime Beat podcast worldwide speaks to the way listeners connect with Nancy Hixt’s compassionate approach to investigative journalism. In developing the podcast for television, we were able to build on the concept, and utilize the talents of our most experienced Global News crime reporters across the country to share the deeply human stories they covered in real-time,” said Troy Reeb, EVP, Broadcast Networks, Corus Entertainment. “Curiouscast, Corus Entertainment’s podcast network, is proud to have Crime Beat become the first Canadian series to go from podcast to broadcast on a major Canadian network.”

First released in March 2019, the Crime Beat podcast boasts more than 3.5 million downloads, according to Apple Podcasts data provided by Corus.


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