BERLIN — As part of an executive overhaul at German web Sat1, Torsten Rossmann will join the channel as managing director while current channel topper Matthias Alberti has been upped to chairman of the expanded management board.
The restructuring follows a tough year at the web in which it has suffered sinking ratings, a number of high-profile flops and controversial cutbacks in news and information programming.
Rossmann, who will retain his current post of chairman at affiliate news channel N24, will oversee information and magazines as well as marketing and controlling.
Sat1 scaled back its news and information programming this summer in the wake of parent group ProSiebenSat1’s takeover of pan-European broadcaster SBS. The move sparked a critical backlash from media regulators.
In addition, Volker Szezinski, deputy managing director, will take charge of German fiction as well as scheduling, licensed programming and co-productions.
“By adding Torsten Rossmann as a managing director, we hope to strengthen Sat1, especially in information and news,” said Guillaume de Posch, CEO of parent group ProSiebenSat1. “I am confident that in the coming year Sat1 will strengthen its performance and expand its position as a full-service channel for the whole family.”