Christine Strobl was the first ARD program director to publish her annual salary. According to her own statements, the media manager earns a basic salary of EUR 285,000.
The new ARD program director Christine Strobl has made her annual salary public. The 49-year-old media manager and lawyer earns a basic salary of EUR 285,000, like her ARD program directorate on your website writes. Previously, the industry site ‘Media correspondence’ reported. She is the first in the role of program director to take this step.
Christine Strobl has been ARD program director since May 1st. Before that she was managing director of the ARD subsidiary Degeto Film GmbH. She is the first woman to head the ARD program directorate. The salary of her predecessor Volker Herres, who held the position from 2008 to 2021, had not been published, despite multiple inquiries, according to ‘Medienkorrespondenz’.
Strobl and directors earn hundreds of thousands
Strobl’s salary is about as high as that of the directors of medium-sized ARD state broadcasters, according to the media side. The ARD also published the figures on the Internet , The most recently published basic salaries of the nine ARD directors would refer to the year 2020.
Accordingly, Manfred Krupp, director of the Hessischer Rundfunk, earned a basic salary of 296,000 euros. MDR director Karola Wille received a basic salary of 275,000 euros. RBB director Patricia Schlesinger received 261,000 euros in 2020. Thomas Kleist, former director of the Saarländischer Rundfunk, has earned 257,000 euros. Radio Bremen director Yvette Gerner received, according to ARD information, a basic salary of 280,000 last year.
The top earner among the ARD directors in 2020 would therefore be WDR director Tom Buhrow, who received 404,000 euros. Behind him is Ulrich Wilhelm, director of Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR), with a basic salary of 403,000 euros. Kai Gniffke, SWR director, earned 355,000 euros. And NDR director Joachim Knuth received a base salary of 346,000 euros last year.