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RBB Schlesinger affair: Wolf-Dieter Wolf resigns from his position as chairman of the supervisory board at Messe Berlin


The scandal surrounding ex-RBB director Schlesinger is spreading further: The chairman of the supervisory board at Messe Berlin, Wolf-Dieter Wolf, who has been criticized for awarding consultancy contracts, is also drawing consequences.

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Wolf-Dieter Wolf (picture from 2013): His office as Chairman of the Board of Directors at RBB is suspended while the allegations are being clarified

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The chairman of the supervisory board of Messe Berlin, Wolf-Dieter Wolf, who came under criticism in the RBB affair, is resigning.

A spokesman for the Senate Department for Economics told the dpa on Tuesday: “Today, Mr. Wolf-Dieter Wolf informed the Senator for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises, Stephan Schwarz, that his supervisory board mandate at Messe Berlin and thus also his chairmanship of the supervisory board with immediate effect to avoid possible damage to Messe Berlin GmbH and also not to burden the ongoing investigations.«

In addition to his position on the trade fair supervisory board, Wolf is also the chairman of the board of directors of the public service broadcaster Berlin-Brandenburg (RBB).

However, his office there is suspended while the allegations are being clarified.

The online medium "Business Insider" initiated the case.

The question is whether Wolf and the ARD boss and RBB director Patricia Schlesinger, who has since resigned, could have treated possible conflicts of interest too laxly, for example when awarding consultancy contracts for a station construction project.

Her husband also received orders from Messe Berlin.

Schlesinger and Wolf rejected the allegations.

Investigations are currently underway in both houses, but the results are not yet available.

The public prosecutor is also investigating ex officio against Schlesinger, her husband and Wolf.

According to SPIEGEL information, another manager of the station was released with immediate effect: Verena Formen-Mohr, head of the main department of management of rbb.

Read more about this here.

Senator Schwarz said: The supervisory board of the state-owned trade fair will deal with the issues raised on September 1st.

»The basis for this should be the results of the compliance investigation of the trade fair and the ongoing audits by the Senate Departments for Economics and Finance.

Even if these results are not yet certain, I consider Mr. Wolf's step to be correct and necessary.«

According to the Senate administration, there is no time limit when exercising the post of chief supervisor at the fair.

A chairman is elected from among the members of the supervisory board.

Wolf had been chief supervisor since 2017 and a member of the supervisory board since 2010. Originally, there was this plan: In April, Wolf reportedly told the Senator for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises that he wanted to resign his supervisory board mandate in autumn of this year for reasons of age.


Source: spiegel

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