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From kidnap victim to talkshow host

Natascha Kampusch set to dabble in babble

From kidnap victim to talkshow host: Natascha Kampusch, the 19-year-old Austrian who spent eight years locked in an underground cell, will soon be hosting her own show on ProSiebenSat1’s Austrian web Puls 4.

The channel is producing a pilot for Kampusch, who made headlines around the world when she escaped captor Wolfgang Priklopil in August 2006.

According to Puls 4 managing director Martin Blank, she approached the channel with the idea for a talkshow, “Natascha Kampusch im gespraech mit …” (Natascha Kampusch Interviews …).

Kampusch says she’s not aiming to “do traditional interviews with the usual, often-heard questions, but rather much more open discussions that will allow her guests to reveal their unknown sides.”

For Austria’s TV viewers, however, it will certainly be all about the host.

Still the subject of great media interest, Kampusch says she had long thought about stepping away from the role of “a passive media object” and instead “proactively create media-related content.”

Kampusch was kidnapped when she was 10 in 1998 while on the way to school. She spent the next eight years captive in a specially constructed subterranean bedroom-cell, but was often allowed to move around the house.

She managed to escape, and her captor then killed himself by leaping in front of an oncoming train.

The yakker all but guarantees top ratings.

An interview with Kampusch on ORF2 last year following her escape garnered an 80% market share and an audience of 2.5 million in Austria.

Broadcast on RTL Television, the interview drew nearly 9 million viewers in Germany.

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