Ulrich Wilhelm
BR/Ralf Wilschewski
Germany
2018

ARD

Ulrich
Wilhelm

Chairman

A former journalist, German government spokesman and head of public-service broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk, Wilhelm in January was appointed to a two-year stint as chief of ARD, a consortium of the country’s regional public-television stations, with more than 20,000 employees and a budget of nearly €7 billion ($7.9 billion). His stated mission is to turn it into a cross-media giant by creating an integrated federal media alliance. The pubcaster recently partnered with pay-TV platform Sky on the high-end German TV hit “Babylon Berlin,” now in its third season. Wilhelm is pushing for a pan-European model that comprises European broadcasters and publishers as a counterbalance to perceived threat from U.S. digital giants to Europe’s “cultural heritage.”

Career

  • Bayerischer Rundfunk
  • ARD
  • Cabinet of Germany

Education

  • Deutsche Journalistenschule (The German School of Journalism) (Germany)

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