Media. Bernard Pivot died at the age of 89

Media. Bernard Pivot died at the age of 89
Media. Bernard Pivot died at the age of 89

The presenter and writer died at the age of 89, his family announced to AFP this Monday, May 6

Bernard Pivot, former president of the Académie Goncourt (2014-2019), author, presenter Apostrophes died at the age of 89, in Neuilly-sur-Seine, his daughter, Cécile Pivot, announced to AFP this Monday, May 6, 2024.

Apostrophesdictation, Goncourt, here it is in 3 words summary a life dedicated to the love of books and language. It was a Friday evening in January 1975 that Bernard Pivot invited himself into the French living room with the first of the 724 broadcasts ofApostrophes.The meeting remains unrivaled, the show will appeal 2 to 3 million viewers every week for 15 years.

Apostrophes lasts fifteen years, from 1975 to 1990, and certain extracts still have great success on the internet. So when arose in January 2020 the Gabriel Matzneff affair, author who benefited from great indulgence while he had sexual relations with minors, a March 1990 program on which the writer was a guest was widely commented on. With 30 years of hindsight, the sequence is shocking.

First journalist to join the Goncourt academy

Bernard Pivot, who turned 89 on Sunday, began his career with an internship at Progress in Lyon before working at Literary Figaro in 1958. When the weekly was closed in 1971, Bernard Pivot became the editor-in-chief of the Figaro which he left three years later after the arrival of Jean d’Ormesson. Bernard Pivot also appeared on the radio, including RTL, in the 1980s.

A book in one hand, his pair of glasses in the other, Bernard Pivot also presented the show Culture broth and organized from 1985 the Dicos d’or, a spelling championship which quickly became international.

In 2004, Bernard Pivot is the first journalist to join the Goncourt academy of which it will become the president until 2019. But the greatest pride of the one who liked to present himself as an activist for increasing the taste for life will remain to be entered the Larousse.

In April 2023, he confided nearby JDD being ill: “I left Goncourt in December 2019. My health problems started immediately afterwards, in January 2020.” Remaining silent after hospitalization in 2022, he explained: “The illness struck me at the head, seat of the brain and speech. Better to remain silent while waiting for the memory to recharge and the thought to flourish again.

By WritingEditorial Committee

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