Pierre Nadeau

Pierre Nadeau, journalist and producer (b at Montréal 19 Dec 1936). He is one of the leading figures in television journalism in Québec, known among other things for his exceptional interviewing abilities.

Nadeau, Pierre

Pierre Nadeau, journalist and producer (b at Montréal 19 Dec 1936). He is one of the leading figures in television journalism in Québec, known among other things for his exceptional interviewing abilities. After studying the classics at Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf and political science at the Université de Montréal, he made his debut in 1956 on CJBR radio in Rimouski, where he worked for a year. He then went to Paris where he studied acting and reported for the Office de radio et de télévision française (ORTF).

Returning to Canada in 1958, he joined THE CANADIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION, staying for more than 20 years. From 1958 to 1965, he hosted various news programs including Aujourd'hui and Caméra, and was appointed CBC Paris correspondent in 1965. Three years later, he arrived back in Montréal to anchor the programs that helped consolidate his reputation: the very popular current affairs show Le Point, Le 60 and Télémag. During this period, it was often through his reports that many television viewers found out about some major conflicts of the time: the crisis in Cyprus; the Israel-Arab war; the Burundi massacres; the lives of Palestinians in the West Bank.

In 1979 he left the CBC and founded his own production company, Les Productions du Sagittaire. During the two decades that followed, Pierre Nadeau moderated and produced programs that are making their mark for various radio and television broadcasters: L'observateur, 7 jours, Les Grands Procès, Nord-Sud, Le Point and Enjeux.

In 1995, after having occupied the role of Québec representative in New England for nearly a year, Pierre Nadeau returned to the world of media. His career is punctuated by many prizes: the Méritas trophy (1964) awarded for best television reporter, the prix Olivar-Asselin (1979) that highlights excellence in journalism, and the prix Artis (1988) for favourite news program moderator.