Philippe Bouvard retires, 60 years after his arrival on RTL

Philippe Bouvard retires, 60 years after his arrival on RTL
Philippe Bouvard retires, 60 years after his arrival on RTL

At 94, Philippe Bouvard announced this Sunday that he will cut off his microphone in January.

The journalist will retire on the occasion of his sixtieth birthday on RTL.

He wrote a weekly column on the station.

His voice has accompanied listeners for six decades. At 94 years old, Philippe Bouvard announced this Sunday June 23 that he would retire in January. The tireless journalist still wrote a weekly column on RTL, a “record mondial”, depending on the station.

The founder of “Grosses têtes” cuts the microphone

“There is a temptation, which is not a temptation of laziness, but a temptation of record, and that is to go until January 1st, that will not be bad enough, and then to listen to others and be silent”, explained the public entertainer, creator of “Grosses têtes”. Date on which he will have established a “double record.” “60 years of radio and 60 years of RTL”as he justified it to his favorite microphone. “I would really like to have this one, because, I won’t hide it from you, I really liked the radio, and the radio did it well for me”added the journalist.

If we could hear him on Sundays at 6:40 a.m. in “Les portraits de Philippe Bouvard”, a program which looked back on moments which forged his career, the name of the man who started in 1965 on Radio Luxembourg remains especially attached to that of “Grosses heads”. After having hosted one of the most listened to shows in France for 37 years, this pillar of RTL had to reluctantly leave his place in 2014 to Laurent Ruquier, called to rejuvenate the show, which he did not “never listened to it since”, as he explained in December to Was-Matin.

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In a press release, the M6 ​​group radio praised its emblematic figure and its “record mondial” of “the host who has done the most seasons on a station”. His career has “revolutionized radio”, estimated the president of RTL, Régis Ravanas, quoted in the press release. “Philippe knows that he belongs forever to the RTL family”, he argued. The program director, Gauthier Hourcade, paid tribute to a “erudite pioneer of humor on the airwaves” at the“quick-witted, independent and impertinent”.


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