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NDR Broadcasting Council investigates allegations in Kiel

The NDR is facing serious charges.  Photo: Axel Heimken/dpa

The NDR is facing serious charges. photo

© Axel Heimken/dpa

Various media reports about a possible political influence on the reporting at the NDR. The independent broadcasting board should now investigate the allegations.

Following allegations against Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR) at the Kiel site, the independent Schleswig-Holstein State Broadcasting Council is launching an investigation. “We will be the sole audit body to conduct this audit and consult external expertise where necessary. We take the allegations very seriously,” said Chair Laura Pooth after a special meeting. The board members will therefore collect documents and information and conduct the necessary discussions.

The case revolves around allegations related to the political reporting of the public broadcaster ARD. The online medium “Business Insider” and then “Stern” had reported allegations that there could be some sort of filter by the editors’ superiors. For example, it was about an interview that an NDR journalist wanted to conduct, but his superiors refused.

NDR editor-in-chief for Schleswig-Holstein, Norbert Lorentzen, said afterwards that the “accusation of political influence over our programs was firmly rejected”. The ARD broadcaster NDR made a similar statement in a statement. “The NDR rejects the accusation that there is a ‘political filter’ in the Schleswig-Holstein state radio station. The reporting is unbiased and independent.”


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