Golden Europe

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The Golden Europe is the oldest German television award . It was awarded annually from 1968 to 2003 by the Saarland Broadcasting Corporation (SR). Only in 1989 and 2001 there were no awards. Since 1981 the gala has also been televised as a recording. With a few exceptions, the prize was always awarded in Saarbrücken .

The original sculpture "Golden Europe" from 1968 is the work of the sculptor Herbert Strässer .

The award, which goes back to a personal idea by artistic director Franz Mai , was originally created with the aim of supporting German artists and producers with their music against competition from the USA and England . Therefore, in the early years only German-language hits and their interpreters were awarded. The moderator Dieter Thomas Heck contributed significantly to the establishment of the television award. When in 1979 the management of Saarländischer Rundfunk decided to also award foreign artists the Golden Europe, Heck turned his back on the project and launched the Golden Tuning Fork . In later years, the Golden Europe was also awarded in other areas such as comedy, entertainment, politics, sports or drama.

Prize winners of the Golden Europe.

  • 2003 from Bremen as part of the Festival of German Schlager
  • 2001

In 2001 the Golden Europe was not awarded. In the opinion of the SR leadership, the sharp drop in quotas for the program from the previous year did not justify the high production costs.

  • 1989

In 1989 the Golden Europe was not awarded. The reason was the rescheduling of the event. Until 1988 the Golden Europe took place in autumn, from 1990 it took place in spring. Because the time gap between the last autumn broadcast in 1989 and the first spring broadcast in 1990 would have been very short, the broadcast was canceled once.

Individual evidence

  1. ^ [1] Golden Europe . Golden Europe. Retrieved May 21, 2011.
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  3. ^ Chronicle of the ARD | Golden Europe. Retrieved April 25, 2019 .