Pierre Bruno began his final week at the helm of TVA Nouvelles from 5pm to 6pm, 46 years after his appointment at Télé-Métropole.
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It is a historic moment. Historic for the news anchor, of course, who has shown diligence and professionalism on a daily basis and lives for nearly half a century – an achievement – but also for the general public losing a reassuring figure and to his colleagues saying goodbye to a memorial on June 16.
When he arrived in September 1976, before the election of Rene Levsk’s first government, the editing room was barely a few square meters in size. Flyers were not directed by an antenna head as it is today. Pierre Bruno helped provide the channel with a moral code, and over the years, after quickly becoming the No. 1 against Radio Canada, the Victoriaville journalist brought credibility and rigor to VAT news.
For 46 years, the state company has put it against 17 different anchors, according to its calculations. The competition even offered him a Golden Bridge twice, in 1990 and 2001, so he could move to the big brown tower on René-Lévesque Boulevard East. He preferred to stay on the same antenna because he was having “crazy fun” at TVA.
“It was planned that I left for a long time. I announced it on March 24 because rumors started to emerge and I wanted to tell it myself to the viewers, who were always there,” Pierre Bruno told QMI.
“I’ve extended more than once, but to be 70 that’s a sign for me. I’m in good shape, I’m in my head and not taking medications. I fought cancer for five years, but it’s cured for me,” said the man who received, since the announcement Retirement, a number of messages and words of thanks for spreading the news all these years: “It’s time to enjoy life and the good times.”
QMI photo, Joel LeMay
Of all the qualities we know about him, his reassuring side with his voice and sense of connection stands out first. A 30-year-old wrote to tell me that my voice comforts him at dinnertime. Also stands out his rigor, kindness and closeness to the audience.
Au moment de l’entrevue, Pierre Bruneau ne savait pas que sa collègue Sophie Thibault allait lui succéder à la fin de l’été, mais il disait que l’heureux ou l’heureuse élue allait avoir de l’occasion “, like him.
All the sympathy he shows as a newscaster and humanitarian in him, he owes in large part to Charles, his son who died of cancer in 1988. “A year after his death, there was a pogrom pogrom. I’m putting myself in the place of my parents. The loss of Charles surely defined me. , both in my tone, in my approach, and in my sympathy, without eliciting anything from a journalist. I am a man of a head, but also a man of a heart, and my greatest achievement remains the Charles Bruno Foundation.
Pierre Bruno, who has been on the air longer than any other broadcaster, is “proud” and feels “privileged” to have a close relationship with viewers. There has been night after night and during important events, such as the explosion of the Challenger shuttle in 1986, the tragedy at Polytechnic in 1989, the crises at Oka in 1990 and the ice storm in 1998, the floods in Sagueni in 1996, the attacks of September 11, 2001 And all the electoral campaigns over half a century. Not to mention COVID-19.
In addition to his retirement, Pierre Bruno, who has just received the Medal of Honor from the National Assembly and won 23 Artis awards, is experiencing major changes in his life. He just sold his house and his wife Jennette will be packing his bags with him for several trips in 2023, the year their 50th wedding anniversary.
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