Conrad Black to host TV talk show in Canada
Deposed media mogul Conrad Black is returning to the limelight by hosting a weekly talk show on Canadian television, his new employer announced Tuesday.
"Lord Have Mercy, Black is Back!" shouted an advertisement for the one-hour newsmagazine talk show "The Zoomer." It will air on VisionTV and is aimed at older viewers.
Black returned to Canada in May 2012 after serving more than three years prison in the United States for fraud and obstruction of justice, convictions that completed a remarkable fall from grace for a man once courted by the rich and powerful.
At its peak Black's former newspaper group was one of the largest media empires in the world, with revenues in the billions of dollars and global daily circulation in the millions.
Its titles included Britain's Daily Telegraph, the Chicago Sun-Times, Canada's National Post, and the Jerusalem Post.
According to a statement, Black will conduct a feature interview with "some of the world's greats" and offer his views on "issues that really get under his skin," including the US prison system.
Former radio executive Denise Donlon will co-host and conduct a roundtable discussion of current affairs and new ideas, "enlivened by humor, cooking and live performances."
© 2013 AFP