Further to a misunderstanding about the nature of his role, Gilles Duceppe has declined to be a weekly commentator on the radio show Médium large.
The team had offered Mr. Duceppe free rein to discuss topics related to culture, science and sports, with the potential to cover broader social issues. Although Mr. Duceppe did not want to approach topics from a partisan perspective, he did want to comment on current events and public policies.
"Radio-Canada's program policy clearly states that at least two years must pass before we can hire someone who has left active politics to discuss public issues as a host, reporter or commentator," said Première Chaîne director Anne Sérode. "However, the same policy does authorize the hiring of political figures whose past associations have no relation to the role he is entrusted. We understand Mr. Duceppe's decision and regret that he wasn't informed of our policy restrictions from the outset."
Hosted by Catherine Perrin, Médium large will air weekdays from 9 to 11 a.m. starting next Monday and will feature about a dozen regular commentators. The arts and human-interest magazine follows in a long line of Première Chaîne mid-morning shows, providing a daily lineup of interviews and discussions on a wide range of topics.
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