radio | Host Michel Lacombe is retiring soon

ICI Radio-Canada Premiere Host Michel Lacombe will host the final episode of his show the 21st on May 25 before retiring at the end of a career in journalism spanning more than 50 years, he confirmed Thursday.

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Simon Chabot

Simon Chabot
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Michel Lacombe, who only worked three days a week at Radio-Canada, is due to expire this spring and it has been decided not to renew. “It’s a management-sponsored decision,” the host says in the interview, though he acknowledges that at 77 he didn’t see himself clinging to his microphone forever. “I leave with a grin,” he says.

“I had a lot of fun promoting people who deserve it, like dancer Rodney Désir or the new co-director of the FTA Martine Dennewald. I’m going to miss that very much,” Michel Lacombe said of some of his show’s recent guests. He receives for the last time Judge Jacques Chamberland, who chaired the commission of inquiry into the protection of the confidentiality of journalistic sources in 2017 21on 25 May.

Nearing retirement, Michel Lacombe is serene and grateful to have had a long and fruitful career primarily in public service broadcasting. “Radio-Canada is the only place you can do big things like I’ve managed to do, both public affairs programs where you have time to dig deep and build a reputation that allows you to be yourself to reach out to everyone without being told no. »

A rich journey

Michel Lacombe began his journalistic career in the summer of 1966 in Chicoutimi, “a city of party Back then”. The following summer, that of the Expo, he joined Radio-Canada in Montreal after insisting on many occasions to a boss that he hired him to “see him less often”. Around the turn of the It debuted on Channel 10 (Télé-Métropole) in the 1970s “It was absolutely fabulous,” says the journalist, who learned a lot during this news-packed period with the big strikes and especially the October Crisis.

He became involved with the young professional association of Quebec journalists and then returned to Radio-Canada, where he worked notably as Quebec parliamentary correspondent for the public affairs program here when the first government of René Lévesque was elected in 1976. He then did international journalism on Radio-Canada television Pointin the early 1980s before returning to radio to do a morning interview with those who make the news.

At the turn of the 1990’s he made a name for himself as the presenter of the public affairs lunchtime program which was named by name noon-15 “We fundamentally reformed the public affairs programs there, with part of the telephone show, which I had a lot of fun hosting,” he recalls.

He then briefly takes over from Joël Le Bigot to animate the morning show on the station’s Montreal antenna, before being shown the door by management, who fear a drop in viewership. “It’s an adventure that didn’t end very well,” laughs Michel Lacombe today.

He returned to public affairs and then took over the helmOpen on Saturday and from Don’t believe everything they saywhose distribution ended in 2019. Since then, Michel Lacombe has stuck with the animation of 21 as well as special series dedicated in particular to the Silent Revolution, Hubert Aquin or the invention of the radio. In 2020 he also presented a summer program on generational conflicts with his wife Nathalie Petrowski ok boomer.

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