This is pretty outrageous. CTV is going to be looking for the same treatment, and they'll likely get it, along with any other OTA station.
I don't know what it is about Global, but everytime I watch one of its stations, the picture just seems dark and awful to me.
This is just one of the reasons why media consolidation moves the market from equilibrium. Canwest should have just gone into liquidation. The few useful bits of the company (Food & HGTV) would have been snatched up, and the rest of the recycled crap would have been gone. <End Rant>