Jeanne Beker of “FT” to receive distinguished award

Journalist icon will be honoured at Banff World Media Festival.

Jennifer Coxby Jennifer Cox

Jeanne Beker, who hosted "Fashion Television" for more than 25 years, will receive the 2012 Canadian Award of Distinction at this year's Banff World Media Festival.

Beker, who hails from Toronto and has an incredible resume of media accomplishments like being a long-time contributor on CBC and Citytv radio and television programs, was also a long-standing and beloved host of FT, which went off the air this past April. She is a judge on "Canada's Next Top Model," she is a published author, and she is now the host of FashionTelevisionChannel. "It's really humbling," she told The Canadian Press about the Award of Distinction. "I'm really surprised in some ways just because I can't see the forest for the trees sometimes. I remember early days of my career where I had to fight hard for credibility because I didn't always have it… I think the thing I'm proudest of is I made it here in Canada and I never went away. There are very few of us here. Most people who really make the big bucks leave and then they come back here and get awards. I don't think a lot of people are rewarded for staying here in this country."

The Banff World Media Festival is running from June 10-13. The Awards – also known as the Rockies – are an internationally-recognized awards program celebrating the very best in international television and digital media production. This year's line-up includes 21 genre-based categories and five interactive categories.

"I think great style has so much more to do with attitude and character than it does with the clothes you put on your back," Beker said to the CP.


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