The news of Fashion Television’s cancellation was first tweeted Wednesday afternoon by its iconic host, Jeanne Beker. “So surreal. This dream is over: After 27 glorious years, FT production ceased today.” A statement from the show’s parent company, CTV Bellmedia, soon followed. For the rest of the day it made headline news crawls in office building elevators nationwide.
Why was this lifestyle news trending on Twitter across Canada ahead of Charles Manson’s parole denial? Because when it launched in 1985, Fashion Television was a series ahead of its time that shaped a couple of generations of fashion cognoscenti and civilians alike, and made a name for itself well beyond our borders.