Georges Pernoud, historical presenter of "Thalassa", died
After creating this show dedicated to the sea in 1975, he left it in 2017
Georges Pernoud, the presenter for more than 40 years of the program "Thalassa", has died, his family announced on Monday to AFP. He was 73 years old.
"He died in a hospital in the Paris region following a long illness," his daughter Fanny Pernoud told AFP. This sea enthusiast created this magazine with exceptional longevity in 1975 and hosted it from 1980 to 2017, on FR3 which later became France 3. It has long gathered millions of viewers each week, with this program prepared on a barge-studio moored on the banks of the Seine.
All the shades of the sea
In 2017, after programming changes that he deplored, Georges Pernoud had preferred to leave the ship and presented his last issue on June 30 in a duplex in Saint-Malo, a city dear to the show.
France 3 had then paid tribute "to the one who, through its 1,704 issues of" Thalassa "since September 25, 1975, led with the editorial staff of" Thalassa "high-quality reports and surveys on the world of the sea and those who live on it ”.
Meeting with fishermen, the discovery of archipelagos, reports on the Route du rhum, but also on the rescues of migrants, on tuna fishing or on dolphinariums ... The program addressed "all areas on a blue background", the gray-haired host liked to say. Two “Thalassa” reports were awarded the Albert-Londres Prize in the 1990s.