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Francophone Belgian Commentator Passes Away

15 October 2012 at 20:16 CEST

After a short illness and just days before his 57th birthday, Jean-Pierre Hautier passed away on the 12th of October.

Over his life, he had a formiddable broadcasting career working for RTBF on many projects including the Eurovision Song Contest.

His career spanned right from the 1970s until the day he died, with a big part of it spent in radio. He worked at Radio Cité, a precursor to the RTBF music radio channel. He also spent over 10 years waking the citizens of Brussels wih his breakfast show on Capitale.

Jean-Pierre with the Belgian delegation in 2011, the last RTBF entry at the contest. Photo: RTBF

In 1994, he took over the post of commentator for broadcaster RTBF at the Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin, Ireland. He continued this role every year until 2012 and in 1996 even co-commentated the show with previous winner Sandra Kim.

Hautier leaves behind his wife Fabienne Vande Meersche with whom he had two daughers.

Our condolences go out to his family and all those that worked closely with him.