The decision was made in the fourth ballot: The Broadcasting Council appointed the new director of the Hessian Broadcasting Corporation on Friday. Florian Hager will take up his position next March.
The hr-Rundfunkrat elected Florian Hager in the meeting on Friday with 18 votes from 32 members present as the successor of Manfred Krupp. He prevailed against HR operations director Stephanie Weber. Hager, currently Deputy ARD Program Director, will take up office on March 1, 2022. His term of office was set at five years by the Broadcasting Council. HR director Manfred Krupp will retire at the end of February 2022.
“This means that HR has a director whom I have known and valued for years as an innovative program maker,” said Manfred Krupp, who is still director. “I warmly congratulate Florian Hager on his election and I am sure that he will actively shape the change process in the hr and implement it responsibly.”
“As founding managing director of ‘funk’, deputy ARD program director and channel manager of the ARD mediathek, he brings the expertise to face the challenges of the digital media age, to advance the conversion of the hr into a modern media company and thus the future viability of the to secure your “, added Rolf Müller, the chairman of the Broadcasting Council.
“On the way to becoming a digital media company”
Hager thanked him for the trust placed in him. “In recent years, Hessischer Rundfunk has consistently embarked on the path to becoming a digital media company,” he said. Radio, television, online, social media – the hr will be visible with an independent program on all channels, and that beyond national borders.
“For the future viability of the hr, it will now be important to continue on this path, even under increasingly difficult financial circumstances, in dialogue with the employees and the people in Hessen.”
Hager, born on April 17, 1976 in Aalen, studied media technology, computer science and multimedia at the Stuttgart Media University as well as journalism and film studies in Paris and Mainz. He worked as a consultant for the Arte President and the Director for European Satellite Programs at ZDF.
Hager was then Deputy Program Director and Head of Program Planning TV and Web at Arte in Strasbourg. In 2015, Hager became the founding managing director of funk, the youth service from ARD and ZDF. Hager has been designing the ARD media library as deputy program director and channel manager since 2020.
Four ballots between Hager and Stephanie Weber
At the end of October the Radio Council of the hr met for the first time to vote. At that time, three ballots had not resulted in a decision between Hager and Weber – all ballots ended in a draw.
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