Conrad Black To Host New TV Show

Newspaper publisher ventures into television world.

Jennifer Coxby Jennifer Cox

ZoomerMedia recently announced plans to give newspaper mogul Conrad Black a hosting position on his own weekly talk show.

Tentatively called "The Zoomer — Television for Boomers With Zip," Black will share the spolight with Denise Donlon, a TV and radio buff, on the show that will likely air in the spring.

"He's one of the most learned men in the country. He's a well-established historian of serious stature. He's a witty conversationalist," ZoomerMedia head Moses Znaimer said in an interview with The Canadian Press Monday from Miami, Fla., where he is promoting the show at an international television sales conference. "He has views on just about anything. If you are ever giving a dinner party – this is the guy you want to invite."

Black, who was born in Montreal, headed the third largest newspaper chain in the world until he was charged with fraud and served jail time last year. He was released in May 2012. He's also a published author and was inducted into the Order of Canada in the early 90s.

“I give an editorial opinion and interview somebody and there are going to be a couple of panels. It only takes a couple of hours to shoot. It’s certainly not a full-time job,” Black told The Globe And Mail. “But it’s a bit of a marquee show for them and I will have a lot of people that I know in this and other countries who are fairly prominent who will be happy to be interviewed. We should make it moderately interesting.”

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