Conrad Black to host new “ground-breaking and intelligent” TV talk show

The Zoomer, which will begin airing in Canada in March, will see Black conducting interviews and voicing opinions


Conrad Black, the disgraced former owner of The Daily Telegraph, is to co-host a new weekly Canadian talk show, which may end up being screened internationally.


Beginning in March, Lord Black of Crossharbour will join the former head of Sony Music Canada Denise Donlon to present The Zoomer, which will air on Canada’s Vision TV.

Vision has ordered 26 episodes of the new chat-show, in which Black will conduct interviews with “some of the world’s greats” and air his views on contentious issues like gun control, pension reform and (surprise, surprise) the US justice system.

Discussing the new show with Canada’s The Globe and Mail, Black said: “I give an editorial opinion and interview somebody and there are going to be a couple of panels… 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.”

He also joked that Henry Kissinger would “be happy to be our foreign-policy commentator.”

During The Zoomer’s pilot episode, which is being shown international buyers at the National Association of Television Program Executives conference in Miami this week, Black interviewed Donald Trump via Skype.

In a statement, the show’s makers ZoomerMedia said: “It is our belief that in a world of hundreds of channels and thousands of shows, there is still room for a programme whose groundbreaking mandate and intelligent style will have everybody talking about it.”

Black, who was released from a Florida prison in May 2012 after serving most of a 42-month sentence for fraud and obstruction of justice, was last in the headlines in October 2012 after getting into verbal confrontations with Sky News’s Adam Boulton and the BBC’s Jeremy Paxman during interviews on British TV.


He called Boulton a “jackass” and branded Paxman a “fool” before rounding out his brief return to Britain with a memorable appearance on Have I Got News For You.