RTL revamps news division

Zuell to replace Lange

BERLIN — Germany’s leading commercial web RTL Television is revamping its news division to consolidate information programming and strengthen its growing digital offerings.

The broadcaster operates three subsidiary channels, including 24-hour news outlet N-TV, as well as three niche digital chan-nels.

In September, N-TV managing director Johannes Zuell will replace Constantin Lange as head of RTL Interactive and oversee the entire channel group’s corporate development.

RTL Interactive, which encompasses all diversification operations, has become increasingly vital for the growth of the broad-caster’s non-ad-financed activities.

Lange, who has been at RTL since 2000 and with parent company Bertelsmann and other RTL Group divisions since 1993, is ankling for personal reasons.

Hans Demmel, head of RTL’s magazine unit, will replace Zuell as head of N-TV, while RTL news editor-in-chief Michael Wulf will head magazine and oversee the development of an inhouse division that will produce news, magazine and digital information for all RTL’s channels and platforms. The broadcaster also plans to launch an inhouse TV news agency.

“The attraction of tailor-made content in the areas of entertainment and information will be decisive in the success of future media offerings,” said RTL topper Anke Schaeferkordt, adding that the new structure strengthened the link between the web’s classic TV operations and new digital activities.

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