Tuesday, October 7, 2003
champion of Israel"
death smites Israel Asper, Canadian
newspaper dictator, at 71]
Attention News Editors:
Global Communications Corp
WINNIPEG, Oct. 7 (CNW)
- CanWest Global Communications Corp and
the family of I .H. Asper O.C. O.M. Q.C.
are sad to announce the passing this
morning of Israel Asper, Founder
and Chairman of CanWest.
Mr. Asper was admitted to St. Boniface
Hospital Winnipeg at approximately 9.30 am
this morning and he passed away shortly
after in the presence of his immediate
family, wife Babs Asper, sons David and
Leonard and daughter Gail.
Mr. Asper retired from his position of
Executive Chairman of CanWest in January
2003, to devote more of his time to his
many philanthropic pursuits, including in
particular the establishment in Winnipeg
of the Canadian Human Rights Museum.
Mr. Asper remained active in the
company as Chairman of the Board. In
anticipation of Mr. Asper's retirement,
the Company initiated an orderly
transition of management with the
appointment in 1999 of Leonard
Asper as President and Chief Executive
Officer. Mr. Asper's successor as Chairman
will be addressed by the Board in due
The company feels a sense of profound
loss on the passing of our founder, who
distinguished himself as a visionary
business leader, a caring leader in his
encouragement and financial support of
worthy causes, and as a champion of
Israel. Funeral arrangements will be
announced by the family.
CanWest Global Communications Corp.
(NYSE: CWG; TSX: CGS.S and CGS.A;
www.canwestglobal.com) is an international
media company. CanWest, Canada's largest
publisher of daily newspapers, owns,
operates and/or holds substantial
interests in newspapers, conventional
television, out-of-home advertising,
specialty cable channels, radio networks
and web sites in Canada, New Zealand,
Australia, Ireland and the United Kingdom.
The Company's program production and
distribution division operates in several
countries throughout the world.
new agency, well funded, threatens
existence of Canada-Israel Committee
and Canadian Jewish