Philippe Bouvard will cut the microphone in January 2025, after 60 years on RTL

Philippe Bouvard will cut the microphone in January 2025, after 60 years on RTL
Philippe Bouvard will cut the microphone in January 2025, after 60 years on RTL

Retirement time has come for Philippe Bouvard. “ 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 do silence », explained Philippe Bouvard on Sunday June 23 on RTL, in reference to the retirement that he refused for a long time. The host, 94, will cut the microphone in January, after 60 years on the air. 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 » justified the one who started in 1965 at Radio Luxembourg, which became RTL in 1966, before launching “ The Big Heads » in 1977 and made 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 me back », added the journalist who looks back on moments which forged his career in “ The portraits of Philippe Bouvard », Sundays at 6:40 a.m. on RTL. In a press release, the M6 ​​group radio praised its emblematic figure and its “ world record ” of ” the host who has done the most seasons on a station “.

The “RTL family”

His career has “ revolutionized radio », Estimated 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 » to the « quick-witted, independent and sassy “.

After 37 years of hosting the “ Big heads », Philippe Bouvard had reluctantly left his place in 2014 to Laurent Ruquier, called to rejuvenate the show, that he “ never listened to since », as he explained in December to Var-Matin. RTL then told him “ Hello 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.

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