Martina Zöllner: It still needs the approval of the Broadcasting Council
Thomas Ernst / dpa
The previous head of culture at Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (RBB), Martina Zöllner, is to take over as head of program management at the station as soon as possible.
As reported by the RBB, director Katrin Vernau informed the board of directors of the crisis-ridden public broadcaster.
According to the information, the approval of the Broadcasting Council is still required.
Then Zöllner could follow Jan Schulte-Kellinghaus, who left the station by mutual consent at the end of January 2023.
Schulte-Kellinghaus had vacated his post during the crisis at RBB.
Because the RBB management had also come into focus when allegations were made against the director Patricia Schlesinger, who has since been fired without notice, and the former chief controller Wolf-Dieter Wolf.
Schlesinger and Wolf have always denied the allegations.
Respect for the new task
The 61-year-old customs officer, who according to the broadcaster has been responsible for the entire RBB cultural program since 2021, emphasized her respect for the new task.
»RBB has the hardest time in its history behind it, with consequences for the entire ARD.
I hope to create more trust in public broadcasting in these difficult times," Zöllner was quoted as saying in an RBB announcement.
"Martina Zöllner is a clever program designer and strategist who, with her wide-ranging experience, has exactly the skills to successfully develop the RBB program," said Vernau, according to the announcement about Zöllner.
»You can build on an excellent network inside and outside the ARD.
In view of the increasing importance of cooperation, their strong network within the ARD is particularly valuable for the RBB.«
According to the information, the position of program director is initially limited to July 31, 2024, as RBB is in a transition phase.