Christophe DECHAVANNE

Christophe Dechavanne started working as a radio host in the early 1980s. In 1985, he presented the daily talk-show C'est encore mieux l'après-midi on the state-owned television channel Antenne 2. In 1987, he went to work for the newly privatized channel TF1 : his first show, Panique sur le 16, was not a success, but he soon found his niche with the late-night weekly talk-show Ciel mon mardi !, a program which could be compared to Jerry Springer productions in United States. Dechavanne's energetic public persona and the frequent heated arguments between his guests proved popular among audiences, despite attracting criticism from several French media outlets. Dechavanne became his own producer in 1989, by creating the company Coyote productions.

From 1992 to 1994, Dechavanne presented the popular da...

Christophe Dechavanne en studio le 9 juillet 1987.
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