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Governing Bodies

Broadcasting Council

According to § 32 of the DW Act, the Broadcasting Council represents the interests of the general public and supervises the compliance of DW with general program guidelines.

The DW headquarters in Bonn

The DW headquarters in Bonn

The Broadcasting Council elects the Director General and advises him/her in matters relating to the programming. The 17 unpaid members of the committee come from politics, business and society. The tenure of the current council (members listed below) began in March 2014.

Dr. Karl Jüsten, Chairman
Commissioner of the German Catholic Bishops Conference, nominated by the Catholic Church

Dagmar Freitag, Deputy Chairman
nominated by the German Bundestag

Elisabeth Motschmann
nominated by the German Bundestag


Vera Szackamer
Member of the Board of Directors of the Jewish Central Council in Germany, nominated by the Jewish Central Council

Sibylle Spoo
Head of Division at the trade union ver.di (ret.),
nominated by the German Trade Union Central Organisations

Frank Kopania
Executive Director Global Ministries, Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD), nominated by the EKD

Dr. Bärbel Kofler

Parliamentary State Secretary , Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, nominated by the German Federal Government

Claudia Roth
Minister of State for Culture and the Media, nominated by the German Federal Government

Katja Keul
Minister of State at the Federal Foreign Office, nominated by the German Federal Government

Ulrike Hiller
Former State Councillor, nominated by the German Bundesrat, Upper House of the German Parliament

Markus Ulbig
Minister of State (ret.), nominated by the German Bundesrat, Upper House of the German Parliament

Thorsten Schäfer-Gümbel
Chair of the Management Board, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), nominated by GIZ

Prof. Dr. Klaus Reichert
President of the German Academy for Speech and Literature, nominated by the Academy

Prof. Christian Höppner
President of the German Culture Council, nominated by the German Culture Council

Professor Dr. Dieter Lenzen
Former President of the University of Hamburg, nominated by the German Rectors' Conference

Frank Thewes
Spokesperson for the German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK) nominated in agreement with the Confederation of German Employers' Associations (BDA)

Torsten Burmester
Secretary General / CEO of the German Olympic Sports Confederation,
nominated by the German Olympic Sports Confederation