RBB presenter Jörg Thadeusz: No more broadcasts until the election

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At Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (RBB) and Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR) there will be no more broadcasts with presenter Jörg Thadeusz before the federal election.

The editor-in-chief of the public broadcaster RBB, David Biesinger, announced on Monday: “After the discussion about its publication in a party magazine for the Berlin parliamentary election today, Jörg Thadeusz suggested that we suspend his work until the election.” the Westdeutsche Rundfunk (WDR) draws conclusions: Thadeusz pauses his moderation of the radio talk show on WDR 2 until the election.

Thadeusz is actively campaigning

The reason: Thadeusz, who is one of the best-known presenters of the RBB, had written a text for a magazine of the FDP regional association in Berlin (“Opportunities – The magazine before the election”). On September 26, the Berliners will vote not only on the Bundestag, but also on the composition of the House of Representatives in the capital.

At the RBB, according to the rules of procedure, broadcasters are not allowed to appear on a radio program during an election campaign in the six weeks before the election date if they are actively involved in the election campaign. The WDR also made it clear that the moderator’s contribution to the party magazine contradicts the broadcaster’s rule that its own employees are not actively involved in the election campaign. In the WDR broadcasts up to the election, Thadeusz would also have spoken to politicians.

Two cases at the RBB

The media magazine “Übermedien” announced two cases at the RBB days ago. With a moderator, who, according to the broadcaster, signed a specific call for a candidate for the office of governing mayor, the RBB agreed that she would not appear again until the election.

With Thadeusz, the ARD-Anstalt actually saw a different case so far. It is true that he also exceeded the limits set in the RBB’s rules of procedure. It was then agreed with Thadeusz that he would not have any more obligations until the election – with one exception: on September 21, he would have been allowed to moderate the program “Thadeusz and the observers”. There he should also comment on the article in the party magazine. The broadcaster also justified this with the fact that the format stood in a special way for controversy and diversity of opinion in the RBB. It would be considered wrong to “make an example” of this program in this context.

Thadeusz was finally quoted as follows in the RBB announcement on Monday: “I have to admit that my publication is being interpreted as partisanship. I don’t want my colleagues at RBB to have doubts about their journalistic integrity because of my mistake. ”During the 2017 election campaign, there had already been a similar problem with Thadeusz.


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