Pierre Bruneau’s retirement marks the end of an era


Pierre Bruneau starts his last week at the helm of TVA Nouvelles from 5pm to 6pm, 46 years after being hired by Télé-Métropole.

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It is a historic moment. Historical for the journalist, of course, who has shown diligence and professionalism on a daily basis and has lived for almost half a century – which is a business -, but also for the general public who loses a reassuring figure and for colleagues who greet each other at a monument June 16.

When it arrived in September 1976, just before the election of René Lévesque’s first government, the editorial office was just a few square meters. The bulletins were not driven by an involved antenna head like today. Pierre Bruneau helped equip the channel with a code of ethics and, over the years, after quickly becoming number 1 against Radio-Canada, the Victoriaville reporter brought credibility and rigor to the VAT news.


For 46 years, the state-owned company pitted her against 17 different anchors, according to her calculations. The contest even offered him a golden bridge twice, in 1990 and 2001, so that he could move into the large brown tower on René-Lévesque Boulevard East. He preferred to stay on the same antenna because he had a “crazy pleasure” on TVA.

“It was a long time planned for me to leave. I announced it on March 24 because the rumors were starting to spread and I wanted to tell the viewers myself, which have always been there, ”Pierre Bruneau confided to the QMI agency.

“I have stretched more than once, but being 70 is a sign for me. I am in good shape, I am in my head and I do not take drugs. I fought cancer five years ago, but for me it is cured. It’s time to enjoy life and good times, ”said the man who, since his retirement announcement, has received numerous letters and words of thanks for spreading the news over the years.

Photo QMI Agency, Joël Lemay

Of all the qualities we know of him, it is his reassuring side, with his voice and his sense of communication, that stands out first. “A thirty-year-old wrote to me to tell me that my voice calms him at dinner time.” His rigor, cordiality and closeness to the public also stand out.

At the time of the interview, Pierre Bruneau did not know that his colleague Sophie Thibault would succeed him at the end of the summer, but he said that the lucky or lucky woman would have the opportunity to “make her mark”, like him.


All the empathy he shows as a journalist and humanist in him, he owes in large part to Charles, his son who died of cancer in 1988. “A year after his death, there was the massacre of the Polytechnic. I put myself in the shoes of the parents. Certainly the loss of Charles defined me, both in tone, in my approach and in my compassion, without taking anything away from the journalist. I am a boy with a head, but also a boy with a heart, and my greatest achievement remains the Charles-Bruneau Foundation.


Pierre Bruneau, who has been on the air longer than any other host, is “proud” and feels “privileged” to have had a close relationship with viewers. He was there night after night and during significant events, such as the Challenger shuttle explosion in 1986, the tragedy at the Polytechnique in 1989, the Oka crisis in 1990 and the ice storm in 1998, the floods in Saguenay in 1996, the bombings. of 11 September 2001 as well as all the electoral campaigns for half a century. Not to mention COVID-19.

In addition to retiring, Pierre Bruneau, who just got the medal of honor from the National Assembly and who has won 23 Artis trophies, is experiencing major changes in his life. He has just sold his house and his wife Ginette will be packing up with him for several trips in 2023, which will mark their 50th wedding anniversary.


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