After 60 years on RTL, Philippe Bouvard will stop radio in January 2025… after breaking a record

After 60 years on RTL, Philippe Bouvard will stop radio in January 2025… after breaking a record
After 60 years on RTL, Philippe Bouvard will stop radio in January 2025… after breaking a record

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June 24, 2024 at 6:33 a.m.

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Retirement soon for Philippe Bouvard: the tireless 94-year-old journalist, who still writes a weekly column on RTL, announced this Sunday June 23, 2024 that he would cut the microphone in January 2025on the occasion of its sixtieth anniversary on the air, “a world record”, according to the station.

“There is a temptation, which is not a temptation of laziness, but a temptation of record, it is to go until January 1st, that will not be bad enough, and then to listen to the others and be silent,” explained Philippe Bouvard on Sunday on RTL, in reference to the retirement that he refused for a long time.

On RTL since 1965

“Because on January 1, I will have established the double record that I hoped for, that is to say 60 years of radio and 60 years of RTL,” explained the man who started in 1965 at Radio Luxembourg, which became RTL in 1966, before launching “Les Grosses têtes” in 1977 and making it the most listened to program in France.

“I would really like to have this one (this record, Editor’s note), because, I won’t hide it from you, I really liked the radio, and the radio gave it back to me,” added the journalist who looks back on moments that forged his career in “Les portraits de Philippe Bouvard”, Sundays at 6:40 a.m. on RTL.

In a press release, the M6 ​​group’s radio station praised his emblematic figure and his “world record” for “the host who has done the most seasons on a station”.

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“Philippe belongs forever to the RTL family”

His career has “revolutionized radio”, said the president of RTL, Régis Ravanas, quoted in the press release. “We understand his choice, but (…) 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” with a “lively, independent and impertinent mind”.

After 37 years of hosting “Big Heads”, Philippe Bouvard reluctantly left his place in 2014 to Laurent Ruquier, called to rejuvenate the show, which he has “never listened to since”, as he explained in December to Var-Matin.

RTL then entrusted him with “Allô Bouvard”, broadcast on weekends until summer 2020.

Philippe Bouvard has also written a column in the monthly VSD for four years and is preparing a 70th book, titled “Retirement? Not an end of life, but the beginning of a new existence,” according to his interview with Var-Matin.

with AFP.

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