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Michel Drucker (“Vivement dimanche”): “My actual problem is to know when I’ll depart”

The occasion of this again to high school for you, along with your present, is the switch of “Vivement dimanche” from France 2 to France 3…
It is a lengthy story “Vivement dimanche”! Once I took over from Jacques Martin, I by no means imagined I’d nonetheless be right here 24 years later. I say “succeeded” and never “changed” as a result of Jacques Martin was irreplaceable. When Stéphane Sitbon-Gomez provided me a number of months in the past to return to La Trois, I instantly thought that it was the chain of areas. And that I come from there, from Normandy to Provence. I really feel nearly much less out of step on Three. I didn’t hesitate for a second. I’m the person of the regional day by day press. And as a former sports activities reporter, I do know France by coronary heart. I spent 15 years in stadiums each weekend. We’re broadcast at 1:30 p.m., which corresponds to lunchtime within the provinces on Sundays. What’s extra, the present is broadcast with out cuts.

Are you attentive to the audiences of this new “Vivement dimanche”? For the second, the present has decrease scores than on France 2.
No, the hearings on the finish of August and in September are all the time the identical. In 24 years, we now have all the time picked up our cruising pace on the finish of October/starting of November, as soon as the beginning of the varsity yr has handed. Nonetheless. We begin at 500,000/600,000 and ramp up.

From what stage of viewers will you be glad?
I am already so glad to be right here… The viewers on Sunday afternoon is extra of an viewers of seniors. It’s the most loyal viewers. There are additionally many younger individuals who come to lunch with their grandparents. So I do not set myself viewers figures. I have been right here so lengthy… I do know there’s some very loyal folks. After which I do know one factor, it is that I’ve by no means been a champion of the viewers, opposite to what folks suppose. By no means. I’ve all the time had good rankings. Nothing extra. And particularly no extra. I’ve all the time thought that the picture is the viewers of tomorrow. You possibly can’t have an extended profession with out a picture. To make the viewers, we all know what to do: hits, laughter and extremely in style issues. I do know one thing about it since I spent 5 years within the non-public sector on TF1. Public service will not be the identical factor.

That is to say ?
Once I acquired François Cluzet final Sunday and paid tribute to Romain Gary, I knew that Romain Gary a really explicit viewers. However this can be very necessary. What pursuits me is having each a loyal viewers and above all by no means sacrificing picture. I realized that from my brother Jean (founding father of M6, who died in 2003, editor’s notice). To make a profession over time, it’s a must to be very cautious about your picture. Public service is the picture. Whether or not it is “Le grand échiquier” by Jacques Chancel, whether or not it is Bernard Pivot, “La grande bookstore”… These are packages with very robust pictures. The very best reward I have been given just lately is when Michel Onfray stated in “Paris Match” about me: “With out him, the world of tv wouldn’t have the identical taste. Just like the world with out Bernard Pivot…“. If I had been a singer, I’d have most well-liked to promote 50,000 albums for 30-40 years, moderately than make a summer time hit. All through my profession, my query has been: easy methods to final?

Did you even have this notion of picture in thoughts in the course of the “Champs-Elysées” interval?
It’s a program that has marked all of the spirits. Two documentaries might be broadcast on the finish of the yr on France 3, produced by Carson. I take part in it. Will probably be referred to as “The Champs Elysées years”. Franck Saurat’s groups have been engaged on it for eight months. It’s an concept of ​​Stéphane Sitbon-Gomez who wished to mark the fortieth anniversary of “Champs Elysées”. It’ll be an occasion.
When Pierre Desgraupes turned head of packages within the 80s, he referred to as me sooner or later and stated “Drucker, make me a dignified and in style Saturday night time leisure present“. He was an mental, he did not know the leisure world properly. He implied that if the present was solely in style, he would cease it. I all the time remembered that. That is for that is why in “Vivement dimanche”, I present folks what they like, what they preferred and what they might like.

You appear in good concord with the present workers of France Télévisions.
With Delphine Ernotte, in fact. Stéphane Sitbon-Gomez is presented. He is likely one of the youngest tv bosses on the earth. Anne Holmes (boss of fiction, editor’s notice), what a hit! After which, on the industrial stage, Marianne Siproudhis, who oversees promoting for France Télévisions, gained the prize for greatest administration of the yr awarded by CB Information. And the group gained the 2022 Media Grand Prix. What extra might you ask for?

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