BR Technical Director Birgit Spanner-Ulmer: Has two cars – and two drivers
Ralf Wilschewski / BR
In view of numerous ARD scandals, which include conflicts of interest and allegations of waste, some institutions are currently trying hard to take action against such phenomena.
So does the Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR).
Chief Technology Officer Birgit Spanner-Ulmer in particular made headlines at the broadcaster because she was allowed to use two company cars with two drivers.
Most recently, her lavish side income at the Salzgitter steel group also came into focus.
She is said to have earned 440,000 euros there since 2016, in addition to the approximately 266,000 euros that she receives as a salary from BR.
The broadcaster reported on this itself in August – and described it as an “exception rule” that has to do with the old days.
Younger director contracts would look different.
cover for secondary activities
The BR now wants to curb such lavish income with a new rule.
The secondary activities of the five directors are to be capped at 5,000 euros, as reported by the “Welt am Sonntag” and the “Süddeutsche Zeitung”.
Anything beyond that will be "transferred to the BR from the next financial year".
The directors then generate money for the station and not for themselves if they are paid more.
According to the BR annual report, director Wildermuth waives remuneration from such sideline activities anyway.
The BR states that the salaries of the executives are almost 1.3 million per year, i.e. an average of 260,000 euros per director.
However, Spanner-Ulmer himself also draws consequences.
According to the broadcaster of the "Süddeutsche Zeitung", the director wants her mandate on the supervisory board at Salzgitter to expire in May 2023.