After 27 years, the pioneering show Fashion Television is no more. Jeanne Beker, who has been the host since the show premiered in 1985, tweeted “So surreal. This dream is over: After 27 glorious years, FT production ceased today. So sad to see some of my closest colleagues move on.” In a follow-up tweet, Beker noted that she would continue to work with Bell Media, which has owned Fashion Television since 2007. During its tenure FT spawned its own fashion-dedicated television channel and was syndicated in over 130 countries.
Fashion Television was created by producer Jay Levine, who also stayed with the show throughout its run, with Beker joining on as an enthusiastic host after seven years with Citytv’s The New Music. The team’s forward-thinking focus on behind-the-scenes access brought the world of supermodels, fan-toting designers and outrageous haute couture into Canadian living rooms. “I was introduced to the world of fashion by Jeanne Beker on Fashion Television. I was captivated by Jeanne’s passion and enthusiasm,” says FLARE‘s editor-in-chief, Lisa Tant. “She made the untouchable world of style feel accessible and energetic.”
“Over the years, I’ve become friends with Jeanne. She’s as warm and friendly as you see on TV,” Tant continues. “I admire her dedication to her job – she’s always the first backstage to interview a designer and now quickly Tweets about it. I’m excited by how she’s going to dazzle us next.”
Official Statement from Fashion Television:
As many of you have heard, production on Fashion Television has been suspended; the company thanks founding producer Jay Levine for his dedication to the series for more than two decades and wishes him well in his future endeavours. The series remains on the air.
The iconic Jeanne Beker remains with Bell Media and the company looks forward to an exciting future with her, including the development of new projects.
Above all, we’d like to thank the fans who tuned in over the last 27 years. Big things are still happening in the world of fashion and Bell Media remains committed to the genre and to continuing to grow FashionTelevisionChannel.