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Former French TV presenter Jean-Pierre Bernard dies

Former French TV presenter Jean-Pierre Bernard dies

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His family told AFP that the French TV memorial, the former presenter of the TF1 newspaper at 1 p.m., died Wednesday. He was 71 years old and had lung cancer. Jean-Pierre Pernot made his mark on the French audiovisual scene, highlighting regional traditions in his famous midday newspaper.

Jean-Pierre Bernaud, former presenter of the 13 Hours of TF1 programme, died at the age of 71, announced, Wednesday, March 2, to AFP, Muriel Bilge, the agent of his wife, former Miss France and TV presenter Nathalie Marcouille-Bernaut.

“The father of Tom, Lou, Olivier and Julien died of lung cancer” in the afternoon, she said. The disappearance was confirmed by the journalist’s former employer, TF1 TV channel.

honoring tradition

Small-screen star Jean-Pierre Bernaud presented TF1 with a 13-hour run for over thirty years, between 1988 and 2020. He made his mark there, honoring the many reports on French tradition. The journalist continued to host a program on LCI.

The Midday News is hugely popular and has broken audience records, followed at its height by five million viewers, with an audience share regularly exceeding 40% and a huge gap over the competition.

President Emmanuel Macron responded in a tweet on Twitter: “Jean-Pierre Bernard lived in the heart of our homes.” “For thirty years, he made an appointment at 1 p.m. with French men and women to send them the latest information, but also his passion for France, our regions, and our heritage. We will never forget him.”

Thick eyebrows, glasses and a deep voice, Jean-Pierre Bernard was proud to be the first TV presenter to create a network of correspondents in the region. To ‘have a newspaper less Parisian’, ‘less institutionalized’ and ‘go see the people at home’.

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He came to the head of JT in 1988, after 13 years in TF1, imposing his style, with his themes and magazines, and those of France’s tradition, artisans, cafés and heritage. Forty minutes of newspaper, Monday through Friday, without a prompt. He will not leave the one o’clock bulletin until 2020, the latest of which is watched by more than eight million spectators.


“Twenty years ago, I was the only one who talked about storms. For others, it was cliched. Today, when somewhere two centimeters of snow falls, there are four subjects at 8 pm. In France 2.” Each morning, instead of constantly checking the news channels, he devoured the front pages of the regional press “to see what the weather looked like”.

Controversial Notes About Immigrants

Critics did not stop him. Biologist François Just saw in this newspaper a “certain populist”: “We see Pernod as a person who turns towards tradition, the boycott. But he always promotes in his speech the interests of the taxpayer, the small against the great, the interests of the taxpayer. The boycott against Paris.”

On November 10, 2016, the star journalist went off broadcasts. “There is no longer a place for the homeless, but at the same time the immigrant centers continue to open,” he said in the transitional period between two reports published by his newspaper.

The sentence that earned him a torrent of criticism. The Lycra group was outraged and the CSA issued a “call to order” against it, deploring “the wording chosen by the journalist, which is likely to suggest that immigrants would enjoy the privileges of public authorities.”

with AFP