Maria Rorbye Ronn
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Danish Broadcasting Corp.



In 2011, Maria Rorbye Ronn was appointed acting CEO/director general of Danish pubcaster Danmarks Radio: DR (Danish Broadcasting Corporation). At the time, a Danish leading daily published the front page news under the headline of “Unknown Lawyer Will Rule DR.” This has changed; she is a regular face in the media, and recently received the International Emmy Directorate Award and was named chairman of the board at Copenhagen’s IT University.

While the Danish government is in discussions to change the country’s TV structure – reducing the annual income DR derives from license fees ($523.8 million), its staff of 2,869, and privatizing the publicly-owned commercial broadcaster TV2 Danmark – Ronn is a constant in the public eye.

She graduated law school 1990, becoming deputy judge at the Court of Odense; for two years she was a copyright lawyer at the Danish Culture Ministry, and continued in a similar job at DR in 1995. When she was named acting CEO in 2011, and became CEO in 2012, she was head of DR’s Department of Law, Policy and Strategy. Ronn oversaw development of TV dramas “The Killing,” “Borgen,” “The Bridge” and “Follow the Money.”


  • Danish Broadcasting Corp.


  • University of Copenhagen (Denmark)

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