Former media mogul and convicted felon Conrad Black will be once again a media spectacle. Moses Znaimer’s Zoomer Media announced Tuesday that Lord Black will be the host of a new one-hour current events television talk show.
The eloquent and brazen bestselling author will begin airing “The Zoomer – Television For Boomers With Zip” on the Vision TV channel sometime in the late spring or early summer. The weekly 26-episode show will take on the point of view of those aged 45 and over, according to promotional material from the media company.
Each episode will feature a roundtable discussion with co-host Denise Donlon, a former CBC Radio executive. It will also see Black interview the world’s leading intellectuals to talk about issues of the day. At the end of the episode, it will have an editorial segment called “Talk Black,” where he gives his opinion on the matter discussed. Some of the topics include gun control, the justice system in Canada and the United States and the economic collapse.
Black’s show has been in the making for the past five months and just finished shooting its pilot episode in Toronto on Saturday. Znaimer noted in an interview with the Canadian Press that Black was the perfect candidate for the job.
“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,” Znaimed explained in Miami, 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 garnered media attention when he was convicted in 2007 for fraud at a Chicago court and was sentenced to six years in federal prison. He served only 42 months in a Florida jail and returned to Canada this past summer. Digital Journal reported on his second public appearance since his release.