Whether you are a diehard fan who can’t stop tuning in on a daily basis or you have only ever seen shows while surfing through the channels for something to watch, chances are you’ve seen a segment or two on QVC. This home shopping network features a wide array of hosts selling items that range from jewelry and silverware to clothing and luggage. If you have tuned in to QVC at any point during the last quarter-century, you no doubt have seen the familiar face that millions of people who shop from the comfort of their couch know as Jane Treacy. Jane Treacy and QVC have been partners since the corporation’s inception, and few people associated with the network are more recognizable or notable than this QVC legend.
What is QVC?
QVC—which stands for “quality, value, convenience”—is a multinational organization that was launched in West Chester, Pa., on June 13, 1986, by Joseph Segel. Although the network originally got its start in the United States, it currently can also be viewed in places as far-reaching as the United Kingdom, Germany, Japan and Italy. The company is currently owned by Liberty Media and is still headquartered in West Chester, where it operates a $100 million studio complex on 80 acres of land.
When QVC initially was launched in 1986, the network only broadcast live from 7:30 p.m. ET till midnight and all day on Saturday and Sundays. Due to its popularity and success, these broadcast times were expanded in January 1987 to include live programming 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The network reaches millions of households around the globe on a daily basis, giving them quick and convenient access to an assortment of products sold by brand-name companies known the world over.
Jane Treacy and QVC
Jane Treacy is one of QVC’s original program hosts, and she has been with the network on and off since it was first launched in the middle of the 1980s. While earning her bachelor’s degree in telecommunications from Kutztown University in Kutztown, Pa., Treacy began her career in broadcasting at CNN. She eventually moved on to become an assistant producer at WNEP-TV in Scranton, Pa., and later became the host/producer of a show called Real to Reel, which aired on WJAR-TV in Providence, R.I., in 1985. After returning to Pennsylvania to host Real to Reel for a Philadelphia television station in 1986, she joined QVC that same year at the age of 24 and has been with the company, with the exception of a few years, ever since.
Jane, who maintains her own blog on QVC, is best-known for hosting a segment called “Shoe Shopping with Jane,” which highlights products ranging from flats and slip-ons to boots and platforms. In addition to “Shoe Shopping with Jane,” Jane’s other popular segments include “Jane’s Rock Stars,” “Now That’s Cool! With Jane” and “Enjoyable Entertaining.” While on the air, Jane interacts with viewers who call into the show to purchase items and performs a series of product demonstrations to market the products to the general public who can order them by phone or online. Jane has a husband, Sean, and two daughters, Cara and Deirdre.