May 26, 2022

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Claude Bernatchez hangs Premier Huer’s microphone

Claude Bernatchez hangs Premier Huer's microphone

Claude Bernatchez, serenely, informed the audience of his decision a few moments later.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Sandra Lalancet

This decision is mine. Taking her was not so easy. But it has been thought of for a long time, has matured for a long timeHe explained to his listeners, many times in tears.

I have been thinking about my professional future for many years. The new challenges I want to embrace, I look forward to how to return to an exciting job that will allow me to learn a little more about life and the world.

This feeling of being useful and changing in your community is so rewarding and I will always be grateful to you for allowing me to experience it.

A quote from Claude Bernatchez, in the broadcast of the First Hour program

Brilliant career

Highly acclaimed by his colleagues, Claude Bernatchez has had an outstanding career in radio-Canada since 1988.

He was a radio and television presenter in Edmonton, Toronto, Montreal, and Trois-Rivieres before returning to his native Quebec.

Waking up at 3:30 every morning, which imposes a monastic life on you, manages the fatigue that has become a lifestyle, on weekends when Monday mornings are never enough to be fresh and ready. I’m not tiredHe added before multiplying thanks to his many colleagues over the years.

I have not found it yet [ce que je vais faire], But I hope this leap I am making in the vacuum allows me to get there. I don’t want to become an animator looking forward to retirement.

Since 2016, Claude Bernatchez and his team have topped the list of most listened to morning shows in Quebec. In the spring, the Morning Show took pole position for the sixth year in a row.

Claude Bernatchez at the Radio-Canada studio in Quebec

Claude Bernatchez (center) and the entire “Premier Huer” team celebrated the poll results in June, leading the program to the ninth consecutive Numeris poll.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Sandra Lalancet

Many tributes

Praise quickly flowed from his colleagues as well as from his loyal listeners and the political class.

Claude has been a part of the daily lives of people in the Quebec area for almost two decades and we are saddened that he left the animation of this program which was appreciated by the listeners.Julie Lemieux Underline, Regional Director for Radio-Canada in Quebec. But it is very common that he wants to have a different rhythm in life and adapt to new challenges after so many years.

From the bottom of our hearts we thank him for his dedication, his professionalism, his toughness, his humor, his interviews.

A quote from Julie Lemieux, Regional Director of Radio-Canada in Quebec
Claude Bernatchez Accreditation for Quebec 84

Claude Bernatchez is deeply in love with Quebec City. Here we see his accreditation for Quebec 1984

Photo: Radio-Canada / Alice Chiche

Quebec Mayor Bruno Marchand also paid tribute to him on his Twitter account.

Morning monument to Claude Quebec. How nice to spend our many mornings in your company. Great respect for the man, the presenter and the tough journalist. The rest is up to you, I think for sure.He wrote.

I miss your voice, clarity and sweetness, very intelligent. Thanks for all these years and a great way to the futureA trusted listener, commented Liz Lachans.

How big a void this departure of Claude Bernatchez is. His voice for many moons was part of the beginning of our day. He will definitely be missed! Claude Thank you for your presence and your professionalism.

A quote from Suzanne Bedard, first hour listener

The last was on June 23rd

Claude Bernatchez will host his last morning show on Thursday, June 23 and take advantage of the summer break to reflect his involvement with Radio-Canada.

The man who comes after him will be revealed in the summer.

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