Comment on storm reporting: Where is the WDR when you need it?

In the discussion about the right to exist of the public broadcasters, WDR repeats like a prayer wheel that no other medium is so deeply rooted in NRW in the region as the largest ARD station. And in fact the eleven regional studios in the country are a pound that the station could use to proliferate.

But what use are they if the sluggish giant fails to react quickly in times of crisis? Unfortunately, this was once again to be marveled at on Thursday night, when the storms in many parts of North Rhine-Westphalia caused dramatic scenes, people had to fight for their houses and unfortunately also for their lives.

And where was the WDR when you need it? Not there. After a 15-minute extra broadcast on the situation at 8:15 p.m., the usual program was broadcast on television. While parts of the country were flooding, you could see “The Best in the West – Daniel Assmann’s Summer Highlights”, “The Household Check” and later a documentary about the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin on WDR television.

“We are the West” – or are we not?

Yes, a ticker was updated online, there was also a report on the radio news, but is that enough? While Radio Wuppertal reported live for hours, the WDR also stuck to the program schedule on the radio. At WDR 2, for example, the takeover of ARD Popnacht ran as usual at midnight. “We are the West”, as it says in the WDR claim? Apparently not.

It is like 2014, when storms also devastated the country on Pentecost and claimed human lives. The WDR reacted far too late seven years ago and did it again last night. At that time, for example, Jörg Kachelmann had sharply criticized the WDR, the station then promised improvement.

WDR could have prepared

Obviously, the management has not learned from the mistakes of the past. If the WDR does not manage to use the means, which are still amply available to it, to provide the people in the country with detailed and thorough information, then it is not doing its job justice. And the storm had announced itself, so one could have prepared.

It doesn’t help that a special broadcast was scheduled on Thursday morning and the WDR declared: “During the night, WDR has updated information on the network at and WDRaktuell on the situation in Wuppertal, Euskirchen and Rhein-Sieg-Kreis and broadcast monothematic special editions of the radio news on all waves every 30 minutes. “

On what is perhaps the most dramatic night of the year, WDR largely left people alone.

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