Daryl Duke

Daryl Duke is one of Canada’s foremost film makers and broadcasters. In a career that has spanned half a century he has worked extensively in both public and private broadcasting.

As a film maker he has produced and directed award winning films, television dramas and documentaries both in Canada and in the United States where he worked for all three of the main U.S. networks and for most of the major studios in Hollywood. His ten hour mini-series, “The Thorn Birds”, ranks among the most watched dramas ever broadcast in the United States and continues to be seen throughout the world.

A native of Canada and a graduate of the University of British Columbia (UBC), Mr. Duke began his career as a film editor, writer and director at the National Film Board of Canada. He produced the first programs for the CBC’s Vancouver station when the Corporation began its television service on Canada’s west coast in 1953. Later, as a producer and director for the CBC in Toronto, Mr. Duke was connected to such landmark public affairs series as “Close-Up”, “Quest” and “This Hour Has Seven Days”, as well as drama series such as “Wojeck” and “Quentin Durgens, M.P.”

Though his work kept him abroad in many countries of the world Mr. Duke maintained his interest in Canadian broadcasting. In the mid-seventies he was the founder and major shareholder in CKVU-TV, Vancouver’s independent TV station. He was CKVU’s chairman and CEO for twelve years.

In recent times Mr. Duke has been an outspoken critic of the cutbacks and administrative changes which are threatening the role of public broadcasting in Canada. Mr. Duke feels the CBC has become too much a commercial broadcaster programmed from central Canada. He is particularly opposed to the reduction of the CBC’s programming in the regions.

Mr. Duke is a member of the board of directors of BC Film, the agency funding the support of Canadian film activity on Canada’s west coast, and is a member of the steering committee of the Friends of Canadian Broadcasting.