Martin Grasmück elected director of the Saarland Broadcasting Corporation

Dhe journalist and media manager Martin Grasmück is the new director of Saarländischer Rundfunk (SR). The Broadcasting Council elected him to the highest office of the public broadcaster on Tuesday, as the chairman of the committee, Gisela Rink, said after the election in Saarbrücken.

Grasmück is currently Deputy Program Director at the SR. His competitors for the election were SR editor-in-chief Armgard Müller-Adams and ARD editor-in-chief Rainald Becker. Grasmück’s term of office begins on May 1st and lasts for six years.

After his election victory, the future director said: “To be elected with a two-thirds majority is a great success for me – also for my concept with which I started.” He is very happy to accept the contract. “This mandate to lead the SR into a good future, into a digital future, but above all as an independent state broadcaster for the Saarland, for the people in the greater region.” At the same time, he wanted the SR to make its contribution in I will continue to actively contribute to the federal network of ARD in the future and work actively there. Grasmück emphasized: “That is very important to me, because public broadcasting is a very important cornerstone for our democratic system, for our society. We have to prove this over and over again every day. And the umpire will do his part. “

The election had become necessary because director Thomas Kleist (65), who has been in office since 2011, will be leaving at the end of April. Actually, his term of office would have lasted two years. He justified his step, among other things, with the fact that he wanted to pass the baton on to the younger generation.

Grasmück describes itself as the “house plant” of the SR. It all started in 1992 while still a student – he has been working in management positions for more than 13 years. The deputy program director stands for innovation, for example in the pop wave area or with offers on the Internet for younger people. Grasmück knows not only the journalistic side but also the administrative and managerial level. From around 2008 to 2015 he was head of the Intendanz department, first under Artistic Director Fritz Raff and then under Kleist.

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