No reason given for director general's departure

MONTREAL — Radio-Canada Television director general Mario Clement has quit the French-language pubcaster and no reason has been given for the sudden departure.

The laconic press release only stated that the decision was taken by mutual consent of both parties.

Clement started at Radio-Canada as head of programming in 2003 and he became head in November 2006.

Under his tenure, the pubcaster snared a number of hit local shows and shook-up the Sunday night TV scene in French Canada thanks to the popular talk show “Tout le monde en parle,” a show that Clement helped get on air.

But he was also a controversial figure. Clement made headlines by publicly attacking the Radio-Canada series “Felix Leclerc,” on the iconic Quebec singer-songwriter, while the show was still airing. The producers sued Clement and the network for C$4.3 million ($4.2 million), a case which is still before the Quebec courts.

Radio-Canada’s executive VP Sylvain Lafrance will take over Clement’s job until a replacement is found.

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