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"Gillet in the morning" returns on Tuesday
9/2/2004

 
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QUEBEC - Robert Gillet, the radio host who has been off the air for 21 months while he fought sex charges (and was convicted of one), will return to Cogeco Radio's CJMF-FM 93.3 on September 7th.

The station held a news conference today to officially announce the move, which had been rumored for a few days. "Gillet le matin" goes back on the air the day after Labour Day.

Cogeco actually had L�ger Marketing do a survey in Quebec and found that two out of three respondents said Gillet should be allowed to return to his job.

Gillet addressed his listeners during the conference and in a French press release, saying he hoped they will forgive him. This spring he was sentenced to a year's probation and community service after being convicted of paying for sex with a 17-year-old prostitute. He's appealing the conviction. However, he was acquitted of the more serious charge of paying for sex with a 15-year-old and of sexually assaulting her.

Richard Lachance, vice-president of Cogeco Radio said in the release that Gillet deserves this chance and has served his punishment, having completed the 40 hours community service required by his sentence.

When Gillet was arrested and taken off the air by Cogeco management, his was the top-rated morning show in Quebec City, a crown now worn by embattled CHOI-FM. Jeff Fillion, CHOI's morning host, often made headlines for his persistent on-air insults directed towards Gillet as his case wound through the courts, and those attacks are part of the reasons why CHOI's license was not renewed by the CRTC.

With CHOI still on the air, pending its appeal to Federal Court - and promising to be nicer, the ratings race in Quebec City this fall promises to be very interesting.
 

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