European TV big RTL Group on Wednesday named co-CEOs for its RTL Deutschland unit in Germany.
Matthias Dang and Stephan Schäfer will take over the management instantly after the choice to mix RTL Deutschland and publishing big Gruner + Jahr as of the beginning of 2022. Bernd Reichart, former CEO of RTL Deutschland, will depart the corporate “to tackle new administration tasks inside the Bertelsmann Group,” RTL’s mother or father firm.
Schäfer will proceed to be chargeable for RTL Deutschland’s content material and types, together with its “complete journalistic providing,” and likewise stay CEO of Gruner + Jahr (G+J). Dang will proceed to guide all business, technological and digital actions of the corporate and likewise stay CEO of German promoting gross sales home Advert Alliance.
Oliver Radtke, managing director of G+J, will moreover grow to be a member of the administration board of RTL Deutschland. “On this function, he shall be chargeable for the general coordination of the mixture of RTL Deutschland and G+J,” the corporate stated.
Julia Reuter, managing director technique, human sources & tradition, and Alexander Glatz, managing director authorized & finance, will stay members of the RTL Deutschland administration board.
“By combining RTL Deutschland and Gruner + Jahr, we’re creating Germany’s first cross-media champion and making a transparent dedication in the direction of long-term progress and larger funding in high quality content material, variety and pluralism of opinion,” stated Thomas Rabe, CEO of RTL Group. “For this essential job, we’ve got created a brand new management construction. With Stephan Schäfer and Matthias Dang, the corporate shall be led by two co-CEOs who know and complement one another effectively, combining programming competence with journalistic and business experience, strategic foresight and management power.”
In a joint assertion, Schäfer and Dang stated: “We sit up for our new function with each pleasure and respect. RTL Deutschland has set itself many targets, together with the positioning of RTL as a number one leisure model that stands for unbiased journalism, perspective and inspiration. To attain this, we wish to broaden our household of channels in Germany round RTL and Vox, alongside additional accelerating the expansion of our streaming service RTL+.”
They added: “From January onwards, we can even have the chance and the mission to construct Gruner + Jahr’s journalistic experience and types into one thing new – the primary media firm that may be a chief in all genres, engaging to creatives and audiences alike.”