Fraser, Fil

Born Felix Fraser, Fil’s lively career has had many facets, including those of broadcaster, journalist, TV Director and Administrator, as well as Radio, TV and Film Producer. Based in Edmonton, he is the author of the best selling memoir Alberta’s Camelot — Culture and the Arts in the Lougheed Years.

Fil began broadcasting as a radio operator at CKFH, Toronto, in 1951. He has since been associated with twelve different radio and TV stations across Canada, from Alberta to Quebec.

Turning to journalism in 1960, he founded and published the Regina Weekly Mirror, which chronicled the introduction of Medicare by the Tommy Douglas government. Between 1963 and ’69, Fil was a writer/editor and health educator concerning alcohol and addictions in Saskatchewan and Alberta.

In 1969 he joined MEETA, forerunner of Alberta?s Access TV Network, as Program Manager. In 1976 he produced the feature film Why Shoot the Teacher, followed in 1997 by Marie Anne, and in 1980 The Hounds of Notre Dame. All were award winners. In 1974, he organized and chaired the first Alberta Film Festival (Ampia Awards) in which his films later won several prizes. He chaired the first Commonwealth Games Festival in 1978, and in 1979 was a founder of the Banff International Television Festival.

Fil has taught extension courses on a wide range of subjects at universities in Regina and Edmonton. He has also published many articles and stories in newspapers, magazines and journals Fraser has received many awards and honours in the fields of film, television and public service. In 1991, he was inducted into the Order of Canada.

Fil is a member of the Boards of a number of national and regional non-profit organizations. In September, 2001, he delivered the inaugural lecture of the Fil Fraser Lecture Series, presented annually by the Canadian Association of Black Journalists.

He considers the highlights of his career were hosting a talk-back show on CJCA, Edmonton, 1974-1979; the Fil Fraser Show on ITV in 1974 and 1975; his appointment to the Federal Task force on Broadcasting; and his term as CEO of Vision TV, 1995-2000.

filed 2006