Patricia Schlesinger defends herself – and causes a stir with a photo


The director of Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (RBB), Patricia Schlesinger, who was fired without notice, has once again defended herself against allegations of felony and nepotism. In an interview with the weekly newspaper “The timeAt the same time, she expressed regret that she had underestimated the resentment against the leadership in her own house. Schlesinger left open whether she will take action against the termination without notice.

Schlesinger also took portrait shots for the interview – which, together with the statements of the ousted director, are now causing a stir on social networks. Schlesinger poses in the pictures in a self-confident pose on a black couch, in the background only a bare concrete wall can be seen.

Schlesinger photos cause a stir on Twitter

The photos attracted so much attention that interview author Cathrin Gilbert and the art director of “Zeit”, Malin Schulz, commented on the recordings on Twitter. Previously, many viewers had wondered whether Schlesinger was allowed to choose the motifs himself. “Of course, Patricia Schlesinger did not select the photos for her interview herself, but we, the editors,” announced the Zeit employees in identical tweets.

The content of the interview was also sharply criticized in some cases, but most of the focus was on the photo, which was perceived as inappropriate. The former RBB director was made fun of with memes and sayings on social networks – and also heard criticism from RBB employees.

“How out of touch do you have to be to think: cool, that’s how I want to be photographed when I’m accused of taking advantage,” wrote RBB data journalist Haluka Maier-Borst on Twitter. “We’ve been struggling here in the store for weeks to restore the reputation. And then the ex-director detonates another bomb from outside.”

Patricia Schlesinger: “I settled everything to the best of my knowledge”

The allegations against Schlesinger that have been raised by media reports since the end of June include a controversial practice of dinners in her private apartment at the expense of the broadcaster, allegedly they were not billed correctly. She said: “I have settled everything to the best of my knowledge.”

It was also criticized that the RBB got a very high discount for an expensive Schlesinger company car with massage seats – the director also had a private chauffeur available. The 61-year-old said she didn’t want massage seats. “I didn’t configure the car myself. I don’t need massage seats, that’s superfluous stuff for me.” Cars don’t mean much to her. “I privately drive a VW Polo that is 17 years old. He’s out there in front of the door. Otherwise an old white bike.”

Patricia Schlesinger regrets “that the entire public service system is coming under fire”

The renovation of the managerial area with chic furniture and elegant parquet also came across as bad – there is said to have been a massage chair there too. Schlesinger said: “The massage chair has become a symbol. I neither ordered nor used it.” It cost 1,200 euros. “It was purchased because two people in the director’s office had herniated discs and very quickly went back to the office.” .

Schlesinger said at the same time that she had underestimated the displeasure of the employees in the house. “From my point of view, the displeasure and anger in the station are so strong that I blame myself for not seeing it. I’m sorry.” She didn’t iron out problems. Elsewhere in the interview, she also said: “I deeply regret that the entire public service system in particular is now coming under fire.”

The ex-director compared the reporting of the allegations against her and the resigned station manager Wolf-Dieter Wolf with a “tsunami”. The public prosecutor’s office in Berlin is investigating the matter – the presumption of innocence applies until clarification.

Schlesinger said in the newspaper interview about the allegations, which have been increasing almost every day since the end of June: “I didn’t sleep much during that time. It felt like reloading a gun pointed at me. Many of the accusations are not true.” (with dpa)


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