Pierre Desgraupes

Pierre Desgraupes, 74, the former president of France 2 television who helped create the country’s first investigative TV news magazine, died of cancer Aug. 16 in a nursing home outside Paris.

Desgraupes was co-founder of “Cinq Colonnes a la Une” (The Fifth Column on the Front Page).

The program, which first aired in 1959, ran for a decade and was France’s first TV show dedicated to investigative reporting. He also produced “Lecture Pour Tous” (“Reading for Everyone”), a literary TV talkshow.

In 1947, Desgraupes joined the lit department of the country’s state-owned radio, becoming chief editor of literary productions later that year, a job he held until 1956.

Overlapping with his radio work, he became a producer at French TV in 1953 and worked at Radio-Luxembourg and Europe-1 radio from 1953-65.

Desgraupes was news director at French television from 1969-72 and president of state-owned France 2 TV from 1981-84. He later worked at the production company Sofica, and was president of De La Tour films since 1987.

Desgraupes also wrote several books.

Survived by his wife, Madeleine.

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