Michel Désautels

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Michel Désautels (born May 7, 1951) is a Canadian writer and journalist, best known as the host of Désautels, the afternoon news and information program on the Première Chaîne radio network from 2003 to 2013.[1]

He announced in May 2013, soon after returning from a six-month leave of absence for health reasons, that he would be retiring from the daily program, instead launching a new Sunday morning program for the network (which was relaunched as "Ici Radio-Canada Première") in fall 2013.[2] The new program, Désautels le dimanche, debuted in fall 2013.[3]

He has also published two novels, Smiley (1998) and La Semaine prochaine, je veux mourir (2000).

He was formerly married to broadcaster Chantal Jolis from 1980 to 1990.


  1. ^ "Michel Désautels retrouve son micro". La Presse, April 11, 2013.
  2. ^ "Michel Désautels quitte son émission". radio-canada.ca, May 2, 2013.
  3. ^ "La première chaîne de Radio-Canada dévoile sa programmation d’automne". Info-Culture, August 15, 2013.