Patricia Schlesinger: Is RBB deposing its scandal boss now?

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The Broadcasting Council at Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (RBB) is expected to meet again on Monday for a special session due to ongoing allegations against director Patricia Schlesinger.


The Chair of the Broadcasting Council, Friederike von Kirchbach, told the German Press Agency on Friday that she had invited the committee to a special meeting on Monday at 4 p.m. It was a non-public meeting because it was about personnel issues.

Kirchbach gave this as the reason for the meeting: “Because of the ongoing pressure on director Schlesinger at the RBB leadership even after the withdrawal from the ARD leadership, we have to agree on whether the trust of the council in Schlesinger as RBB boss continues given is.”

Schlesinger continues to hold the RBB chairmanship

On Thursday evening it became known that Schlesinger had prematurely withdrawn from the presidency of the public ARD community in view of the allegations against her – the WDR has temporarily taken over. Schlesinger is still at the top of the RBB. Since Schlesinger’s departure as ARD boss, there have been increasing demands in politics for her resignation as director of the public service RBB.

The director had come under increasing criticism for weeks. An external investigation is currently underway at a law firm. Results are not yet available.

The online medium “Business Insider” got the case rolling at the end of June. It is about the question of whether the broadcaster boss and the broadcaster chief controller Wolf-Dieter Wolf could have treated each other too laxly in the event of a possible collision of interests. Both rejected allegations.

According to the RBB state contract, the Broadcasting Council elects an intendant. According to the regulations, he or she also has the authority to dismiss an artistic director before the end of the stipulated term of office.



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