After 60 years of radio, Philippe Bouvard will bow out

After 60 years of radio, Philippe Bouvard will bow out
After 60 years of radio, Philippe Bouvard will bow out

Philippe Bouvard, a pillar of French radio, is preparing to bow out after an exceptional career in terms of longevity. At 94, the journalist announced on RTL on Sunday that he would end his weekly column next January, thus marking sixty years 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, it will not be bad enough, and then to listen to the others and to be silent,” he explained this Sunday on RTL, in reference to the retirement that he refused for a long time. “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,” he said.

This decision comes after a radio career that began in 1965 at Radio Luxembourg, which became RTL the following year. Régis Ravanas, president of the station, stressed that his career had “revolutionized radio”. “Philippe belongs forever to the RTL family,” he added. Gauthier Hourcade, director of programs at RTL, paid tribute to him by calling him a “erudite pioneer of humor on the airwaves”, with a “lively, independent and impertinent spirit”.

Book in preparation

Creator and emblematic host of “Grosses Têtes” since 1977, Philippe Bouvard has made this show one of the most popular in France. The concept is simple: its guests, personalities, must find the answers to “glues” posed by the listeners.

In 2014, after 37 years at the helm, he left his place to Laurent Ruquier, called to rejuvenate the show. A reluctant transition, since the host had “never listened to it since”, as he explained in December to Var-Matin. “It was not me who made the decision (to stop) but I accepted it. The announcement of this abandonment, because it is one, is heartbreaking,” he declared.

In addition to “Les Grosses Têtes”, which earned him a conviction for provoking racial hatred following a riddle in 1996, Philippe Bouvard also marked listeners with “Allô Bouvard”, broadcast on weekends until summer 2020, and continues to share his thoughts in a column for the monthly VSD. At the same time, he is preparing his 70th book, entitled “Retirement? Not an end of life, but the beginning of a new existence.”

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