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Peter Lim­bourg elected as Deutsche Welle’s new Di­rec­tor Gen­eral

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Peter Lim­bourg (52) will be the new Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of Deutsche Welle (DW). The Chair­man of the Broad­cast­ing Board Valentin Sch­midt an­nounced the de­ci­sion af­ter a meet­ing of the su­per­vi­sory body on March 15, 2013 in Ber­lin.

Upon the Se­lec­tion Com­mit­tee’s rec­om­men­da­tion, the 17 mem­bers of the Broad­cast­ing Board elected the cur­rent Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent of News and Po­lit­i­cal In­for­ma­tion of ProSiebenSat.1 TV Ger­many as the suc­ces­sor to Erik Bet­ter­mann with a clear ma­jor­ity. Bet­ter­mann (68), whose term as DW’s Di­rec­tor Gen­eral will of­fi­cially end on Septem­ber 30, 2013, has been in charge of Ger­many’s in­ter­na­tional broad­caster since 2001. Dur­ing this time, he sig­nif­i­cantly shaped DW’s strate­gic re­align­ment.

Valentin Sch­midt com­mented: “Peter Lim­bourg has out­stand­ing Tual­i­fi­ca­tions to fur­ther strengthen Deutsche Welle as a mod­ern mul­ti­me­dia com­pany and Ger­many’s in­ter­na­tional me­dia pres­ence as a re­sult. He is not only a first-rate jour­nal­ist with an in­ter­na­tional back­ground and ex­cel­lent lan­guage skills, but also has ex­ten­sive man­age­rial ex­pe­ri­ence in the me­dia in­dus­try.“

Lim­bourg thanked the Broad­cast­ing Board for its trust. “To have the op­por­tu­nity to play such a sig­nif­i­cant role in how Ger­many is per­ceived around the world is a chal­lenge that I will make ev­ery ef­fort to meet in the com­ing years. Ever since my youth, which I spent abroad, Deutsche Welle’s pro­grams have been a valu­able part of my life ex­pe­ri­ence. To­gether with my col­leagues, I hope to fur­ther en­hance Deutsche Welle’s jour­nal­is­tic stand­ing and its mul­ti­lin­gual and mul­ti­me­dia pro­gram­ming. In­ten­si­fy­ing DW’s co­op­er­a­tion with Ger­many’s pub­lic ser­vice broad­cast­ers ARD and ZDF is an­other goal I have set my­self,” said Lim­bourg.

Af­ter his mil­i­tary ser­vice, Peter Lim­bourg stud­ied law in Bonn and passed the First State Ex­am­i­na­tion of Law in 1987. From 1988 to 1989 he com­pleted a jour­nal­is­tic trainee­ship at the Ger­man tele­vi­sion news agency Deutsche Fernsehnachrichten Agen­tur (DFA) in Bonn and Lon­don. He worked as a re­porter in Leipzig in the for­mer GDR be­fore be­com­ing the Europe and NATO cor­re­spon­dent for DFA and SAT.1 in Brus­sels in 1990. In 1996 he be­came the Head of the ProSieben stu­dio in Bonn, and in 1999 was ap­pointed Co-Edi­tor-in-Chief of N24 and Head of the Po­lit­i­cal Depart­ment at ProSieben, a po­si­tion which he also took on at SAT.1 in 2001. In 2004/5 and 2008/9 Lim­bourg was the CEO of Pool TV, a joint ven­ture of pri­vate tele­vi­sion sta­tions in Ber­lin. From 2008 to 2010 he was the Ed­i­torin-Chief re­spon­si­ble for N24’s pro­gram­ming. He has been an­chor of SAT.1 news since 2008 and Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent of ProSiebenSat.1 TV since 2010.

Lim­bourg is the jury chair­man of the Me­dia Award of the Ger­man Bun­destag, a jury mem­ber for the Axel Springer Prize for Young Jour­nal­ists as well as an ad­vi­sor to the Me­dia Com­mis­sion of the Ger­man Bish­ops’ Con­fer­ence.

Born in Bonn, Lim­burg spent his child­hood and youth in Rome, Paris, Athens and Brus­sels. He is mar­ried with three chil­dren.

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