The faculty includes academic lecturers as well as top-level executives from the media business, e.g.
APFELTHALER, Gerhard California Lutheran University
BAUER, Thomas A. University of Vienna
CENDON, Eva Berlin University for Professional Studies
FORGÓ, Nikolaus University Hanover
GARCÍA-AVILÉS, José Universidad Miguel Hernández
HORN, William The New York Times
KALTENBRUNNER, Andy Berlin University for Professional Studies
KARMASIN, Matthias Alpen-Adria-University Klagenfurt
KÜNG, Lucy Universities of Oxford (Visiting Fellow), Jønkøping, St. Gallen
MEIER, Klaus University Eichstaett-Ingolstadt
MITCHELL, Bill Poynter Institute
OTTE, Romanus Welt Online
PELLERT, Ada Berlin University for Professional Studies
WALDER, Barbara Berlin University for Professional Studies
WINTER, Carsten Hanover University of Music and Drama
WYSS, Vinzenz Zürcher Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften
BLAU, Wolfgang The Guardian
CHEYFITZ, Kirk Story Worldwide
GEISLER, Jill Poynter Institute
HARING, Sol Berlin University for Professional Studies/University of Graz
JANSSEN, Claudia I. Quadriga Hochschule
KAMKE-ANGELOTTI, Ellyn Poynter Institute
KIRCHER, Lukas KircherBurkhardt
NAPOLI, Philip Rutgers University, New Jersey
NEWMAN, Nic Visiting Fellow at Reuters Institute/University of Oxford
RIBBANS, Elisabeth Independent Press Standards Organisation, London
SANDERS, Karen IESE Business School Navarra
SREENIVASAN, Sree Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City
ZEILER, Gerhard Turner Broadcasting System
ADAIR, Bill Politifact.com
AYYAPPAN, Sandeep Wiser
BOASE, Nell The Guardian US
BENKOIL, Dorian Teeming Media
BRINI, Jacqueline Story Worldwide
CLARK, Roy Peter Poynter Institute
CONSROE, Chris Charbeat
D’AULAIRE, Nils Story Worldwide
EDMONDS, Rick Poynter Institute
EIGERMAN, Edward Google
ELLICK, Adam The New York Times
ENGLÄNDER, Leeor Die Welt
FRANK, Bernhard ORF
FRANKLIN, Tim Poynter
GALINSKY, Jonathan The New York Times
GOLDSTEIN, Laura AOL.com
GONZÁLEZ HARBOUR, Berna El País
GUTJAHR, Richard gutjahr.biz
KRAWARIK, Verena Austria Press Agency — APA
KROPSCH, Peter Austria Press Agency — APA
LaFORME, Ren Poynter Institute
LINDENAUER, Jenn The Guardian US
MARCOS, Charo RTVE.es
MARKOWSKI, Dustin Chartbeat
McBRIDE, Kelly Poynter Institute
McCOMBS, Regina Poynter Institute
MIGNON, Jeff RevSquare
NEDOMANSKY, Wolfgang Austria Press Agency — APA
O’REILLY, Breda The Guardian US
ORTIZ PACHECO, Ignacio MeriStation.com
PATON, John Digital First Media
POLO, Juan Luis Territorio creativo
RASMUSSEN, Rob Story Worldwide
ROBERTS, Jim Reuters
ROGERS, Katie The Guardian US
ROSENBERG, Noah Narrative.ly
ROSENBERGER, Bernhard Strategic Human Resources Consultant
ROY, Ranjan Informerly
SCHLÖGL, Stefan derStandard.at
SEMEL, Mitch Huffington Post Live
SMURL, Paul New York Times
SPERANDIO FERREIRA, Isabela fanscup.com
SULLIVAN, Anthony The Guardian
TASCÓN, Mario Prodigioso Volcán
VILLA ASENSI, Ricardo RTVE.es
VOLK, Willy Huffington Post
WARD, Butch Poynter Institute
WIESER, Manfred ORF
ZIMBALIST, Michael New York Times
ZIMPER, Martin Zurich University of the Arts
Gerhard APFELTHALER is a full professor in International Business and International Management at the School of Business at California Lutheran University (CLU) in Thousand Oaks, California (United States) and a senior partner at AT Consult, a consulting company with offices and affiliations in Europe, the US, and Asia. Before joining CLU he has been the Chair of the Department of International Management at FH Joanneum University of Applied Sciences in Graz (Austria). Previously, he served as Commercial Attaché to the Austrian Embassy in Singapore as Austria’s Deputy Trade Commissioner to the United States, as Dean of International Business Studies at FHS Kufstein Tirol, and as coordinator of the international postgraduate program of the Community of European Management Schools (CEMS), among others. He has studied at the University of Vienna (Vienna/Austria), the Taiwan National Normal University (Taipeh/Taiwan), the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), and the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration (Vienna/Austria), from which he holds a doctorate in Economic and Social Sciences.
Thomas A. BAUER studied philosophy/theology and communication sciences at the Universities of Eichstätt and Salzburg. He founded and coordinated various initiatives/projects (e.g. Double Degree Programm “Media and Communication Management” with Fudan University Shanghai, China) and works as a consultant for public and private organisations, NGOs. Bauer is professor emeritus at the Department of Communication of the University of Vienna and lectures internationally (especially in Brazil and CEE).
Wolfgang BLAU is The Guardian’s newly appointed director of digital strategy. From 2008 to 2013 he was editor-in-chief of Zeit Online. From 1999 to the beginning 2008 he worked as a freelance journalist and author in San Francisco and Washington D.C. His articles, radio and TV productions were published and broadcast by, amongst others, Heute.de, ORF, 3sat, BR, Welt. Blau gained some notoriety early on developing journalistic online projects: It was 1999 that he developed the first online audio portal of a European daily for Die Welt; in 2003 he developed the online audio edition of Die Zeit and initiated the creation of the audiobook download portal Audible.de, which is part of the Amazon conglomerate today. Lately, Blau has been lecturing on the future of digital media, e.g. in the framework of the OECD conference „The Participative Web“ (2007, Ottawa), the Ars Electronica Festival (Linz/Austria) or Münchner Medientage [Munich Media Days].
Eva CENDON is Director of the Centre for Continuing Education Research and Education Management (FWB) and Program Director of the Master’s Degree Program in Education and Competence Management at Berlin University for Professional Studies (DUW). Her areas of emphasis in research and teaching include educational policies, lifelong learning policies and concepts, competency and learning-outcome orientation, new forms of knowledge production, reflective learning, and action research. She holds an M.A. in education and a PhD in philosophy from the University of Graz, Austria.
Nikolaus FORGÓ studied law, philosophy and linguistics in Vienna and Paris, graduated 1997 in Vienna. From 1990 to 2000 assistant at the Institute for Roman Law at the University of Vienna, where he was also IT officer in law from 1996 to 2000. Since 1998 he has been director of the university training course for legal informatics at the University of Vienna. From 2000 to 2002 administrator/computer science at the Faculty of Law of University Hanover. In 2002 Forgó accepted a chair in IT law and legal computer science at the University Hanover; in 2005 he was offered a chair at Danube University Krems, Austria (rejected). Since April 2007 he is Head of the Institute for Legal Informatics and responsible for the supplementary course in Computer Science Law at University Hanover.
José GARCÍA-AVILÉS is head of the journalism institute of the University Miguel Hernandez in Elche (Spain) and a professor of journalism and information theory. He was awarded a PhD in communication and journalism by the Navarra University and a Bachelor of liberal arts by the National University of Ireland. He worked as a guest professor at the Media Studies Center of the Journalism Institute of Columbia University in New York (1992-93) and was employed as a journalist and consultant by numerous media outlets in the US and Spain. His scientific studies focus on convergence and lately especially on the international effects of digitalization, felt in the newsrooms of audio-visual media of the previous decade. He participated in various projects financed from EU research funds, e. g. „Incidence of Digital Technology in the Production of News Programmes and Online Services“ or „Globalisation of the Media and Threats to Cultural Diversity in the European Union“. Furthermore he was a member of the working group on the topic of “Digital Convergence in the Media”, financed by the Spanish education ministry. To date he has published over 40 scientific articles, one of the latest being “Media Convergence Revisited: Lessons learned on newsroom integration in Austria, Germany and Spain” (Journalism Practice, 2014). (c) García
Jill GEISLER joined Poynter Institute’s small faculty in 1998, after a 26-year career in broadcast journalism and several walls full of national and local journalism honors. She brought experience in reporting, producing, anchoring and unique expertise in management. Jill became one of the country’s first female news directors of a major market network affiliate at the age of 27. She built an award-winning newsroom culture at WITI in Milwaukee. Jill holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin and a master’s degree in leadership and liberal studies from Duquesne University. In recognition of her lifetime contributions to journalism, the University of Wisconsin honored her with its “Distinguished Service to Journalism” award, and the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences inducted her into its prestigious Silver Circle. She is the author of the book, “News Leadership–at the Head of the Class,” published by the Radio Television Digital News Association and countless articles on leadership and management. She has conducted specialized training and coaching programs for scores of organizations in the U.S. and abroad and is in demand as a speaker on leadership, ethics, change management and the role of women in leadership. [http://about.poynter.org/about-us/our-people/jill-geisler]
As a reporter, commentator and anchorman, Richard GUTJAHR covers a range of media channels including TV (Bayerischer Rundfunk, ARD), print (Tagesspiegel) and runs his own weblog gutjahr.biz. In 2012, he launched an interactive politainment TV format called Rundshow; this earned him recognition as the 2012 “Newcomer of the Year” for his innovative journalistic approaches by German medium magazin. In early 2013 he founded LobbyPlag, a crowd-sourcing platform campaigning transparency in political decision-making.
Sol HARING is an academic, lecturer and videographer. She earned her doctorate in 2003 at the University of Graz, Austria in the field of educational science (adult education). She has worked as a Post Doc and Research Fellow at the University of East London (2003-2007) and the University of Graz, she has held a Visiting Professorship at CCNY/CUNY (2008). Haring’s teaching fields are Academic Writing, Methodologies, New Media, Gerontology and Gender Studies. As a videographer she is producing research films and research led documentaries, see videography.mur.at.
William HORN is Director of Video Technology at The New York Times. He studied Economics, International Affairs and Mathematics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, graduated in Photography and Related Media at the School of Visual Arts in New York City and studied Anthropology at New York University, where he also taught as an adjunct professor from 1997 to 1999. From 2004 to 2008 he worked as a producer and production supervisor at UNICEF. In 2007 he began working for The New York Times as a consultant to their Research and Development group. Since 2009 he has been a manager on the Times’ Video Desk, where he establishes production standards for video journalists, supervises stories, designs and implements workflows, oversees production infrastructure, player architecture, publication processes and metadata flows and trains video journalists, web producers and reporters on production and editorial issues. In addition, he has worked as a consultant, producer and director at WH Media, advising clients on integrated communication strategy as well as producing/directing documentary, industrial and news video.
Claudia I. JANSSEN is a faculty member of Quadriga Hochschule Berlin. She formerly was an assistant professor for communication and media at the Berlin University for Professional Studies (Deutsche Universität für Weiterbildung) and a member of IMIM’s scientific board. She earned her PhD at the Brian Lamb School of Communication at Purdue University as a Fulbright Fellow and also holds an M.A. in sociology, media studies, and history. Before joining the Berlin University of Professional Studies, she was an assistant professor for public relations at Eastern Illinois University. Her research interests include organizational rhetoric, public relations and affairs, crisis communication and corporate social responsibility. Specifically, she studies how organizations engage in public discourse, communicate during crises, and address their histories. Her research has been published in top tier academic journals, and her latest article titled “Corporate Historical Responsibility (CHR). Addressinga Corporate Past of Forced Labor at Volkswagen” just appeared in the Journal of Applied Communication Research.
Patricia KÄFER is imim‘s coordinator and a research assistant at Medienhaus Wien. She studied journalism at the University of Applied Sciences Vienna, as well as printing and media technology at Höhere Graphische Bundeslehr- und Versuchsanstalt Wien XIV. Worked as a journalist at Austrian daily Die Presse from 2005 to 2010. Currently studying in the “Interdisciplinary Master in Human-Animal Interactions” at the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna.
Andy KALTENBRUNNER is imim‘s program director, media consultant and researcher in Austria, Germany and Spain. He worked as a political journalist and editor in chief for newspapers and magazines (e.g. the Austrian weekly Profil) since the early 1980s. He has developed several media-projects, print and online. He initiated and led the development of the journalism program at the Fachhochschule Wien (University of Applied Sciences) in Vienna (2003) and co-founded Medienhaus Wien (2005).
Matthias KARMASIN is Director of the Institute of Comparative Media and Communication Studies at the Austrian Academy of Sciences and Alpen-Adria-University, Klagenfurt, and a full professor at this university. Since 2009 he is co-chairing the advisory board for press and journalism subsidies and chairing the advisory board for awarding the “Scientific Award” of the Austrian Newspaper Association (VÖZ). His research interests are media ethics, media management and communication theory. Recently, he has published the reader “Media and Convergence Management” (2013) and a book on Cultural Theory. (c) Nagl
Lukas KIRCHER, Creative Director and one of the Managing Partners of the media company KircherBurkhardt, founded in 2000, together with Andreas Schulte, MediaGroup Berlin, from which today’s KircherBurkhardt emerged in 2003. As a member of the “Art Directors Club Germany” and of the “Lead Award” jury, he is an advocate of storytelling and effective design. Having graduated from the master’s program “Visual Media Design” at the University of Applied Sciences in Vienna, Kircher opted for editorial design. He was employed by several publications like Kleine Zeitung and Die Presse. He has been living and working in Germany since 1997 with: Berliner Zeitung, the German edition of Financial Times (FTD) and, till 2000, the Stern magazine, as head of graphic.
Lucy KÜNG is a professor, author, speaker and advisor who specializes on strategy, innovation and leadership in the media, creative and tech industries. She is Visiting Fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, Oxford University, Professor of Media Management and Economics at the Media Management and Transformation Centre at the University of Jönköping, Executive Board Member of SRG SSR, the Swiss public service broadcaster, and author of a prize-winning book on Strategy in the Media Industry. Lucy divides her time between Switzerland, Sweden and the UK. In recent years she has worked closely with the BBC exploring the success of their highly successful online and digital television services. She is also Senior Research Fellow at Ashridge, UK, and adjunct faculty member at the University of St Gallen (where she received her PhD and Habilitation). From 2008-2010 she was President of the European Media Management Association, and she has extensive experience in the publishing industry and from 1988-1992 was Publishing Director at Random House UK.
Klaus MEIER holds the chair for “journalism studies I” at the Catholic University Eichstaett-Ingolstadt (Germany). His research explores editorial management, innovations in newsrooms, convergence, online journalism, science journalism and journalism education. From 2009 to 2010 he was professor for cross-media journalism and media convergence at TU Dortmund University and from 2001 to 2009 professor of journalism studies at the University of Applied Sciences in Darmstadt, where he was head of the programmes “Online Journalism” (2003 to 2005) and “Science Journalism” (2005 to 2007) and dean of study in the faculty for media (2007 to 2008). From 1996 to 2001 he was assistant professor at the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, where he earned a Dr. phil. in communication science. His latest book publications are the ebook “Die Redaktion als Institution der Medienethik” (2014) and the text book “Journalistik” (2. ed., 2011); he also published the books “Internet-Journalismus” (3. ed., 2002), “Ressort, Sparte, Team” (2002) and “Experten im Netz” (1997). He has worked as a coach and consultant in about 40 workshops with several media and journalists in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Netherlands, Singapore and Bangkok. He is a former newspaper and television journalist (1989 to 1993). (c) Meier
Bill MITCHELL is an affiliate faculty member of the Poynter Institute and formerly led the Entrepreneurial and International Programs there. Poynter is a non-profit school for Journalists in St. Petersburg, Florida/US. Mitchell joined Poynter in 1999 and directed the Institute’’s website for ten years. He earned a B.A. in theology from the University of Notre Dame, and has twice served as a juror for the Pulitzer Prizes. In addition to his work at Poynter, Mitchell has facilitated workshops on the topics of ethics, leadership and online publishing in South Africa, Denmark, Austria, China and Poland, where he worked as a correspondent in the early 80’s. Before joining Poynter, Mitchell worked for the new media arm of Universal Press Syndicate (editor/director of development), the San Jose Mercury News (director of electronic publishing), Time Magazine (Detroit bureau chief) and the Detroit Free Press. He started at the Free Press as a reporter in 1972 and worked as city-county bureau chief, Washington correspondent, European correspondent, city editor, and assistant managing editor for projects. As European correspondent, he was based in Vienna 1980 – 1983, focused especially on the emerging democracy movements in Eastern Europe. At the Free Press, he was the first director of Free Press Plus, a pre-web initiative delivering the news on such platforms as fax machine and audiotext. He was also the newspaper’s first Dr. Risk, a revolving assignment aimed at provoking unexpected approaches to news. At the Mercury News, he led the team that produced one of the first fully online newspapers, Mercury Center, published first on America Online in 1993 and later on the Web.
Philip NAPOLI is a professor of journalism and media studies at Rutgers University, New Jersey. His research interests focus primarily on the areas of media regulation and policy, audience measurement, media economics and media audiences. Formerly, he was a professor at Fordham University’s Graduate School of Business Administration, New York City, where he also directed the Donald McGannon Communication Research Center. Prior to joining the Fordham GBA faculty, he already was a member of the faculty at Rutgers University’s School of Communication, Information, and Library Studies. Prior to that, he was a visiting faculty member at Boston University’s College of Communication, where he was a Senior Research Fellow at the Communication Research Center, a university-based research center that conducted in-house academic research and provided research services to industry clients.
Nic NEWMAN is a journalist and digital strategist who played a key role in shaping the BBC’s internet services for over a decade. He was a founding member of the BBC News website, leading international coverage as World Editor (1997-2001). As Head of Product Development for BBC News he helped introduce innovations such as blogs, podcasting and on-demand video. Most recently he led digital teams, developing websites, mobile and interactive TV applications for News, Sport, Weather and Local. He has played an important part in the development of social media strategies and guidelines for the wider BBC. Nic is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism and a consultant on digital media.
Romanus OTTE has been General Manager of Welt Digital at Axel-Springer-Verlag since October 2009. In this position, he is responsible for WELT ONLINE, WELT MOBIL & the products’ apps. He joined the Axel-Springer Group in 2004 (Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Welt am Sonntag), then joined the company’s digital department and became Deputy Editor-in-Chief WELT ONLINE.
Ada PELLERT is president of Berlin University for Professional Studies (DUW). She studied Business Administration at Vienna University of Economics and Business, where she received her doctorate in 1987. She received her habilitation in 1998 at the University of Klagenfurt with a dissertation on organizational development for scientific and educational institutions. Since the 1990s she has been an internationally renowned expert on the continuing professional development of university-level instructors, on consulting for higher education institutions, and on international comparative education research. Her specialities include organization and personnel development, management and leadership, quality assurance and quality management, diversity management and lifelong learning strategies. From 2005 to 2008, Ada Pellert was Professor of Continuing Education Research and Education Management, as well as Vice-rector for Teaching, Continuing Education and Structural Issues at Danube University, Krems. From 1999 to 2003 she served as Vice-rector for Teaching, Staff Development and Equal Opportunity at the University of Graz. From 1998 to 2005 she taught and conducted research as an adjunct professor in the Department of Higher Education Research at the University of Klagenfurt’s Faculty of Interdisciplinary Research and Continuing Education (IFF). In November, 2008, she was appointed the founding President of DUW. (c) DUW
Elisabeth RIBBANS is a member of the Complaints Committee at the Independent Press Standards Organisation in London and a former managing editor of the Guardian (2008-2013). She first joined the paper in 1993 and has previously been deputy editor of Guardian Weekly (2003-2006) and editor of the Guardian & Observer Foreign News Services. She studied at the Universities of Cambridge and Bath.
Bernhard ROSENBERGER is a consultant of Strategic Human Resources and Human Development in Germany. He studied journalism (focus on public law and economic policies at University of Eichstätt), is a media scientist (PhD from the University of Mainz) and systemic change manager (“The Akademie für Führungskräfte”). He worked as a journalist for several dailies, for SWR, BR, ZDF and as a counsellor and project manager for McKinsey & Co. in Frankfurt/Main. In his time at Hubert Burda Media Munich he worked as the editor’s chief of staff, Head of Human Ressources and Organisational Development, as well as Head of the Burda School of Journalism. Rosenberger is the founder and owner of Rosenberger & Partner, Wiesbaden.
Karen SANDERS is senior lecturer at the Department of Managing People in Organizations at IESE Business School, Navarra. She read BA Joint Honours in English and philosophy at the University of Durham (UK) and completed her M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Navarra (Spain). She has written widely on communication ethics, journalism and political communication. Her books include Ethics and Journalism (Sage, 2003, published in Chinese in 2007), Morality Tales: Journalism and Political Scandals in Britain and Spain in the 1990s, published in 2006 and, to appear in 2009, Communicating Politics in the Twenty-First Century (Palgrave Macmillan). She co-founded the Institute of Communication Ethics in 2003 and the Asociación de Comunicación Política in 2008. She was senior lecturer in the Department of Journalism Studies at the University of Sheffield (UK) and director of the MA in Political Communication until 2006. She previously ran the British Chamber of Shipping’s Media and Parliamentary Office. She is Professor at the CEU San Pablo University in Madrid and external examiner at Dublin City University and the University of Lincoln (UK).
Sree SREENIVASAN is the Chief Digital Officer of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. He formerly was in the same position at Columbia University and a member of the faculty of Columbia Journalism School, where he taught social and digital media. He writes the SreeTips blog for CNET and appears regularly on CBS and elsewhere to talk tech. For more than eight years, he served as technology reporter for WABC-TV and WNBC-TV in NYC. In 2010, a Manhattan-news site he helped create, DNAinfo.com, was named one of the six hottest news startups by BusinessInsider. He was named one of AdAge’s 25 media people to follow on Twitter; and one of Poynter’s 35 most influential people in social media.
Anthony SULLIVAN is a Group Product Manager for the Guardian. He is responsible for guardian.co.uk, the mobile website and apps, a pillar of the newspaper’s consept of open journalism. His work history features positions such as the Product Head of BBC News within BBC Future Media. There he was responsible for product strategy and delivery of services in 28 languages, including web, mobile, apps and iPTV.
Barbara WALDER (BSc, MSc) currently works as a program director for an MBA program of Berlin University for Professional Studies. She studied in Austria, Germany and the UK and gained over 15 years of work experience in Europe and Asia in areas of business development. She is a confident Senior Project Manager and an open-minded communicator who motivates and leads teams within highly diverse organizational cultures. She travelled extensively and developed good intercultural understanding. As an IPMA Level C certified project manager, Barbara Walder focuses on methods but more so on people and their social competency development. She is a passionate and certified coach and trainer and keen to work with driven people.
Carsten WINTER is professor of Media and Music Management at the Department of Journalism and Communication Research of the University of Music, Drama and Media, Hanover. His research interests lies in the field of media, culture and society. Emphasis lies in the development of strategies, media and management skills. Among the private sector he has worked with companies such as Gruner + Jahr AG and Deutsche Telekom. Within the music branch he has worked towards developing a strategy for Musikland Niedersachsen, research both quantitative and qualitative into the changing challenges meeting the next generation of management. His major current project is qualitative research into the value potential and perspectives of players in the Berlin Music Scene. He has published more than 50 articles and 20 books.
Vinzenz WYSS is the President of the Swiss Association of Communication and Media Research (SACM) and has been a professor of journalism at the Institute of Applied Media Studies (IAM) at Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) since 2003. He is an alumnus of the faculty of philosophy of the University of Zurich (major: German philology, minors: journalism and sociology). In the nineties he worked as an editor/anchor with the Radio 32 private radio station in Solothurn. He has been lecturing at the Institute of Mass Communication and Media Research (IPMZ) of Zurich University since the mid-nineties and has been the Head of Research at IAM at ZHAW since 2000. He has also been a partner of “Media Quality Assessment” and President of SACM since 2009.
Gerhard ZEILER is Time Warner’s president of Turner Broadcasting System (TBS) International. He began his career as a freelance journalist and then became press spokesman for the Austrian Minister for Education and the Arts, Fred Sinowatz, whom he eventually followed to the Federal Chancellor Office in 1983; he continued working in the same capacity for Federal Chancellor Franz Vranitzky. In 1986 he became Secretary-General of the Austrian public broadcaster ORF in Vienna. After a two-year period as CEO of Tele 5 and a further two-year period as CEO of RTL II, he was elected Chief Executive Officer of ORF in 1994 and stayed in this position until 1998, when he joined RTL Group and was appointed CEO of RTL Television. In March 2003 Gerhard Zeiler was additionally appointed CEO of RTL Group. He handed over the management of RTL Television in 2005 to fully concentrate on RTL Group’s international entertainment network. He was a member of the Bertelsmann AG Executive Board from 2005 to 2012.
Martin ZIMPER is Head of the BA program “Cast” (derived from pod-/web-/broadcast) at Zurich University of the Arts. The program focusses on the interactive narration of fiction and news for tablet and smartphone screens. Zimper is an author and entrepreneur who has launched several private radio stations in Austria.