Hermann Fünfgeld

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Hermann Fünfgeld (born January 2, 1931 in Mannheim ; † January 30, 2018 ) was a German publicist and director of the Süddeutscher Rundfunk (SDR).


In 1951, Fünfgeld graduated from the Bertholdsgymnasium in Freiburg . He studied law and political science at the Universities of Freiburg and Munich , graduated in 1955 with a degree in economics and worked from 1956 to 1961 as an assistant at the chair for economic and social policy at the Saarland University.


Hermann Fünfgeld came to the administrative management of Saarländischer Rundfunk (SR) as a speaker . In 1965 he became administrative director and a few years later he was appointed deputy director of the SR. During this time he was also the managing director of Telefilm Saar GmbH in Saarbrücken. In 1974 he moved to the Süddeutscher Rundfunk (SDR) in Stuttgart, where he was also the managing director of the SDR. In 1984 he was appointed deputy director. In 1989 he was elected by the Broadcasting Council to succeed Hans Bausch as director of the SDR. Re-elected in 1993 and 1997, Fünfgeld remained artistic director until 1998; The structural reform in the southwest led to the dissolution of the two channels SDR and SWF and to the re-establishment of the Südwestrundfunk (SWR).

In the course of his work in various managerial positions, Fünfgeld dealt with questions and topics relating to radio and television programs and radio production at an early stage. The focus of his work was broadcasting economics and the emerging change in media policy . As a finance and administration specialist, he was appointed to working groups for the ARD , which worked for the commission to determine the financial needs of broadcasters (KEF). His knowledge of broadcast finance was also reflected in relevant publications.

The main focus of his work as director was the cooperation with Südwestfunk, which his predecessor Bausch had already initiated, and its stabilization and expansion. In the mid-1990s there was increasing pressure from the state governments in Stuttgart and Mainz and the parliaments of the two federal states to achieve a structural change in the broadcasting structure. The background to these considerations was the division of the two transmitters, which resulted from the occupation after the Second World War, according to the borders of the occupation zones at the time . The task of the two directors Hermann Fünfgeld and Peter Voss was to help prepare the creation of a new transmitter for the two federal states, the later SWR, and to implement it after the entry into force of the state treaty between the states of Baden-Württemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate on the reorganization of broadcasting .


Since 1998 Hermann Fünfgeld has been a lecturer at the University of Stuttgart-Hohenheim for the subjects of program management and media policy. In addition, he volunteered as a member and chairman of various boards of trustees and support groups of non-profit organizations. These include a. the Friborg Working Group for the Economy of Broadcasting (FAR) , the Academy of the Rottenburg-Stuttgart Diocese , the Baden-Württemberg China Society . From 1999 to 2006, Fünfgeld was President of the Society for Music History in Baden-Württemberg , of which he was an honorary member; from that time on he was also a member of the board of trustees of the Schwetzingen Festival . In 2005 he was appointed to the supervisory board of the social services agency (TWSD), Weimar; from 2006 he was chairman of the supervisory board.

Hermann Fünfgeld was an honorary senator of the University of Mannheim and the author or editor of numerous publications.

Fünfgeld has been married since 1962 and has two sons. He was a member of the Catholic student associations K.St.V. Germania-Hohentwiel Freiburg, KSSt.V. Alemannia Munich and KAV Rheno-Nicaria Stuttgart in KV .

Publications (selection)

  • Hermann Fünfgeld (Ed.): Viewed from the outside. Trademark of the Süddeutscher Rundfunk . Süddeutscher Rundfunk, Stuttgart 1998, ISBN 3-922308-24-4
  • Hermann Fünfgeld and Claudia Mast (eds.): Mass communication. Results and Perspectives . Westdeutscher Verlag, Opladen 1997, ISBN 3-531-12914-7
  • Hermann Fünfgeld: 70 years of radio in Baden. 1926-1996 . Süddeutscher Rundfunk, Stuttgart 1996, ISBN 3-922308-21-X
  • Hermann Fünfgeld, Egon Diemel, Martin Gläser: Financial planning in broadcasting - planned deficits? Süddeutscher Rundfunk, Stuttgart 1981, ISBN 3-922308-06-6


  • Konrad Dussel: Guarantors of political independence in a changing media world. The SDR directors Fritz Eberhard, Hans Bausch and Herrmann Fünfgeld . In: Hermann Fünfgeld (Ed.): Seen from the outside. Trademark of the Süddeutscher Rundfunk . Stuttgart 1998, pp. 11-34.

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Individual evidence

  1. Hermann Fünfgeld passed away. In: SWR.de . January 31, 2018, accessed February 2, 2018 .