BERLIN — Wilfried Mohren, former chief sports commentator at ARD regional affil MDR, was arrested Thursday on corruption charges in connection with a growing scandal at the pubcaster.
Mohren’s arrest comes two weeks after Juergen Emig, former chief of sports at ARD affiliate HR, was jailed on similar charges, including allegedly charging sports promoters for covering non-mainstream sporting events.
Central to the investigation is Mohren’s lucrative consulting contract with Techem, an energy services company that sponsored sporting events, creating a potential conflict of interest.
Mohren also allegedly received tens of thousands of euros from sports marketing company SMP, which is linked to Emig.
Prosecutors are probing whether SMP’s relationship with Emig and Mohren gave it an illegal advantage over competitors in winning production contracts for TV sporting events.
SMP won a bid in 2003 to produce a cycling event for MDR.
Mohren was dismissed from MDR earlier this month.
ARD is still reeling from a product-placement controversy that has resulted in dismissals at ARD production company Bavaria, including CEO Thilo Kleine.