Kevin Newman holds the trophy he won for best news anchor at the 2006 Gemini Awards. ((Richard Lam/Canadian Press))

The anchor of Global TV's national evening newscast is resigning.

Kevin Newman sent an email to staff saying his last night at the helm of Global National will be Aug. 20. Newman has been the show's anchor since it debuted in September 2001.

Newman decided to leave because he felt the newscast needed a change, not because he was offered a post at another network, Canwest broadcasting president Peter Viner said Friday on the company's website.

In his resignation email, obtained by The Canadian Press, Newman says he will spend some time on "rest and creative renewal" when he leaves Global National.

From the Archives

Watch video of Kevin Newman hosting CBC's Midday in 1993. The topic: "INTERNET."

Newman has worked for CBC, CTV and U.S. network ABC in his nearly 30 years in journalism.

Global TV's parent company, Winnipeg-based Canwest Global Communications, entered bankruptcy protection last year. Cable company Shaw subsequently struck a deal to acquire Global and Canwest's other TV assets.

With files from The Canadian Press