“The World Turned Upside Down”: Space for fiery debates this Friday on TVA

He has since worked on his return to television, refining the concept of his debate and news set The world turned upside downStéphan Bureau is eager to jump into the arena at TVA this Friday.

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The journalist and host wants to do “useful work” by enabling Quebecers to learn or relearn how to debate.

“Feverishly”, as the first 90-minute meeting presented live, the 58-year-old communicator wants to have open, direct and frank discussions, in short, in an environment that is more conducive to civilized exchange than on Twitter.

“It’s easier to stay focused, hate yourself from afar, and assume the worst than risk saying, ‘Here’s what I think, do you have a better idea?'” he said at the QMI Agency last Friday when he unveiled the decor installed in Studio A of the TVA building in Montreal.


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He believes that while the show will feature heated debates, it will “show that you can’t die and have fun” by sharing ideas.

In his opinion, “the discussion space has shrunk” in Quebec during the pandemic. “Apart from inciting violence and hatred, or spreading outrageous lies, we all agree that opinions, differing visions, and critical scrutiny can be heard without being threatening, without telling the other, “Shut up!”

employees, guests and the public

Stéphan Bureau will surround itself each week with four employees rotating in a group of eight, namely Yasmine Abdelfadel, Biz, Gregory Charles, Louise Deschâtelets, Sophie Durocher, Raed Hammoud, Guy Nantel and Richard Martineau.

At the first meeting, Yasmine Abdelfadel, Louise Deschâtelets, Raed Hammoud and Guy Nantel will cross swords on various topics decided mid-week so that they can do their homework. Since we are there live, it is not impossible to change a topic at the very last minute and even during the broadcast to stay up to date.

The host will also conduct three interviews, including one with the guest of the week. To break the ice, Fabien Cloutier makes himself available to the game, even spectators and netizens can give their opinions and comments.


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long conversations

When he left ICI Première at the end of summer 2021, Stéphan Bureau did not expect to host a debate and current affairs a year later.

“We had discussions with TVA and it didn’t work out because it didn’t fit into my schedule. And in October 2021 the phone rang again, a call I hadn’t expected. Here we started talking. We did two pilots that were pretty good in the spring but not for many reasons, starting with the fact that we had created a distance setting during a pandemic. You needed binoculars to see the guests which was very frustrating. We also wanted publicity. We went back to the drawing board and gave birth to this project,” he said.

Produced by Sphère Média in collaboration with Quebecor Content, the program The world turned upside down is broadcast every Friday at 8pm on TVA and repeated every Saturday at the same time on LCN.

Different approaches


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The actress and columnist protocol Louise Deschâtelets says her participation in the “gets her out of her comfort zone a little bit much”. Wrong world. “Given my age and the experiences I have, I think I can bring a more detached element of reflection into what is happening in society. Today we react spontaneously due to social networks. I might have a different opinion there [on peut] speak calmly to one another without being enemies.”

Loco Locass singer and writer Biz had reached out to be a part of the show and the production had their sights set on him as well. He speaks of a “perfect marriage, free and informed consent”. “The format, the proposal with Stéphan Bureau, that was very important to me. I’m allowed to be what I am, be my skin color, be the Quebec guy defending the French language, independence, regions, First Nations, all with my tone, humor and historical perspective. It is an extremely rare forum.”

For her part, the columnist of protocol Sophie Durocher ‘wishes we could talk in the whites of our eyes without yelling names’ on the show. “The intention is not to destroy the person who doesn’t think like you do, but it’s not master key no longer. I’ll tell the other one he’s in the field, but with a smile. When I write a column that gets people talking, I see a difference between the reaction of people on social media, the rowdy minority, and the people who write to me and are respectful.

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