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Broadcasting contribution: This is how much the directors earn






The salaries of the directors of ARD and ZDF are also paid from the broadcasting fee. The top earner collects 413,000 euros per year. A director recently received a salary increase of 16 percent.

One of the hot topics in connection with the broadcasting fee is the use of the funds generated by it. The main focus is on the salaries of the directors. Business Insider has compiled how much some directors make based on research from the world (behind paywall).

16 percent more salary

The debate, which has been going on for some time, about how appropriate the salaries of the directors (i.e. the heads of the ARD broadcasting corporations and ZDF) are, recently picked up speed again: The salary of Patricia Schlesinger, director of the rbb Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg and currently also ARD chairman, rose by 16 percent to 303,000 euros, while savings have to be made on the other personnel costs of the rbb station. That was bound to provoke criticism. Especially since there are also allegations of controversial consulting contracts. Schlesinger was recently willing to renegotiate her salary.

These are the top earners

However, Schlesinger’s salary is by no means unusually high if you look at what other ARD directors collect. Basically, the rule of thumb applies: the larger the budget of the broadcaster and thus the share of the broadcasting fee, the higher the salary of the director. Tom Buhrow, the director of WDR, can look forward to 413,000 euros per year – that is significantly more than in 2019, as you can read here: Broadcasting fee – an ARD director earns up to 395,000 euros. Kai Gniffke, who heads the SWR, gets 361,000 euros and Joachim Knuth from NDR is there with 346,000 euros per year. Katja Wildermuth from BR receives 340,000 euros.

The controversial Schlesinger is with her 303,000 euros in the middle of the artistic director salaries. Manfred Krupp from HR comes to 305,000 euros, Karola Wille from MDR to 295,000 euros and Yvette Gerner from Radio Bremen to 281,000 euros.

The directors do not set their salaries themselves, but it is the respective supervisory bodies of the broadcasters that decide on them. So these should be the target of criticism if you think that the directors earn too much.

In Germany, the license fee for financing public broadcasting is quite controversial and there are proposals to reform public broadcasting and criticism of the use of funds. However, unlike in France, for example, abolishing the broadcasting fee is not up for discussion in Germany.

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