Banff fest kudos to Duke

Emmy Award-winning multi-hyphenate feted

TORONTO — Biz veteran Daryl Duke has been tapped to receive the John Drainie Award at the Banff Television Festival.

“Mr. Duke is a lifelong champion of Canadian broadcasting and an outspoken supporter of Canadian culture,” said ACTRA prexy Thor Bishopric. Canada’s largest actors’ union, ACTRA is the presenter of the award. “The impact of his tremendous career as a director and producer has been felt not only in Canada, but around the world.”

An Emmy Award-winning writer, director and producer of features, docs and TV shows, Duke has a career spanning more than 50 years.

His accomplishments include “The Silent Partner,” “Tai Pan,” and the 10-hour miniseries “The Thorn Birds,” one of the most-watched TV dramas in the U.S. and Canada. He is also the founder of Vancouver station CKVU, where he served as prexy, CEO and chairman of the board for its first 12 years, until 1988.

The John Drainie Award, presented annually to a person who has made a distinguished contribution to Canadian broadcasting, will be given during Banff TV Fest’s 25th anni tribute to Canada on June 14.

Other recipients include W.O. Mitchell, Pierre Berton, Lister Sinclair and Barbara Frum.

Duke presided over the Banff international jury in 1997.