Sophie Thibault is eager to take control of TVA Nouvelles at 5pm and 6pm.


Sophie Thibault took advantage of the summer to recharge the batteries and relax as it should be, the autumn promising to be busy for the new head of the TVA Nouvelles antenna 17:00 and 18:00 as the election campaign approaches.

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The expert journalist is still inhabited by the landscapes of the Anticosti Island – where she indulged her passion for photography, in particular the magnificent Vauréal Falls – but also by the breathtaking views of Mont Blanc, in the Alps, which she was lucky enough to see with his own eyes.

“The sun was shining throughout my vacation,” she told the QMI agency, with a smile in her voice.

In the last week, Sophie Thibault has multiplied meetings and rehearsals in view of her big return to the Nouvelles TVA, set for 5:00 pm and 6:00 pm next Monday. She promises a new opening sentence to celebrate the occasion, she who succeeds Pierre Bruneau.

“I can’t wait to have both hands in it for real,” he hinted, noting that he is happy with his new program. For 26 years, in fact, she has had “atypical agendas” for weekends or evenings, so she already savors the happiness of having dinner at home, but also of being in the midst of several people.

“I realize how lonely I’ve always been all these years. […] I was off everyone’s schedule.

Journalist for 34 years at TVA, he wants to bring his color, his tone and even bet on the good news “because there are limits to what people can absorb as a concentrate of bad news”.

Discussions and climate adapted to climate change

Among the novelties, Mario Dumont will participate in a daily discussion with another speaker, be it Philippe-Vincent Foisy, Paul Larocque or Emmanuelle Latraverse. And Félix Séguin, of TVA Sports, will be in attendance every day, Sophie Thibault says she particularly appreciated their collaboration during Guy Lafleur’s national funeral.

“For the weather segment, we want to work harder on it, not just because it’s the formidable Colette [Provencher]but because time now passes through the environment and the consequences of climate change ”.

The furniture will not be changed immediately – apart from a few elements – but in a few months. “It will be fantastic if what I saw happening on the plans materializes.”

The Lisa LaFlamme affair

Speaking of the firing of CTV National News host Lisa LaFlamme, Sophie Thibault says she is “overwhelmed and sorry.”

“Judging from what has been leaked in the media, it is a power struggle that has cost him dearly.”

It actually looks like M’s new gray hairmyself LaFlamme allegedly disturbed CTV News chief Michael Melling, with whom he would have more trouble regarding viewing his bulletin.

“Lisa LaFlamme is a reference: she has had a remarkable career, she has taken on her choices and this hateful conclusion saddens us all. She left in spite of her with great dignity: she has all our sympathy ”.

TVA has been relying on Sophie Thibault since 1988. In 1990, during the Oka crisis, she began to shine at the controls of special bulletins, and the channel appointed her in 2002 as presenter of TVA Nouvelles de 22 heures. At that time, no woman before her in North America had been at the helm of a major news bulletin.

More women on the screen

Sophie Thibault is also delighted with the growing role of women in the media.

“I am absolutely delighted with this significant development in the profession. Our media must best reflect the society we live in: the fact that women can take their place, at all levels of the pyramid, guarantees a much more balanced coverage. It adds a voice and a different reading of the news and the choices to be made every day. It took a long time to get there, but the trend is heavy and we collectively win, “she said.


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