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Jobst Walter Plog (born February 26, 1941 in Hanover ) is a German lawyer . From January 1991 to January 2008 he was director of the North German Broadcasting Corporation (NDR) and in this role he was chairman of ARD in 1993/1994 and 2003/2004 .



Plog was born in Hanover as the youngest of three sons of the journalist Wilhelm Plog (1903–1986). His father was a co-founder of the Deutsche Allgemeine Sonntagsblatt and later editor-in-chief of the Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung (HAZ).

He is married to the lawyer Ines Plog (* 1958), who was authorized signatory from 1997 to 2000 and managing director of the NDR subsidiary NDR Media from 2001 to 2004 . Plog is the father of two sons.


Jobst Plog attended the Tellkampfschule in Hanover , where he graduated from high school in 1960. A stay as an exchange student in 1956 resulted in close ties to France .

Plog studied law at the Universities of Hamburg , Göttingen and Paris and graduated in 1970 with the second state examination. In the same year he established himself as a lawyer in Hanover. In 1972 he took over a partnership in the Hanover law firm Dr. Rotzoll, mare and partner . At the same time he was from 1975 to 1977 in -house counsel for the Calenberg-Grubenhagen landscape .

In 1977 Plog came to the Norddeutscher Rundfunk in Hamburg.

"When he came to Hamburg, initially as a legal advisor, Jobst Plog recalls," the station was besieged by politics. Half of the administrative council consisted of ministers from the Union and the other half of ministers from the SPD. If the reds had a majority, the blacks would move out and make the committee incapacitated. That was the defining impression. And it was a company that wasn't a company yet. "

As early as 1980 he became deputy director of the NDR and established his reputation there as

“A rhetorically gifted pragmatist who is committed to the public service task [...] who knew how to combine tough management, a feeling for political power relations and the demand for independence in programming. He once described his conception of journalism with terms such as liberality, cosmopolitanism, curiosity [and] violation of taboos ... "

In January 1991 Jobst Plog was appointed director of the Norddeutscher Rundfunk. In this function, Jobst Plog was able to ensure that the party-political enforcement of the bodies in the new NDR State Treaty was repealed.

As head of the broadcaster, Plog set about transforming the NDR into the ARD's only four-country broadcaster. This succeeded after a long struggle, although at the beginning of 1991 the heads of government of Berlin, Brandenburg and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania ( Eberhard Diepgen , Manfred Stolpe and Alfred Gomolka ) had already agreed on the establishment of a north-east German broadcasting company (NORA) - without the NDR. Various rounds of negotiations later, and after a meeting between Plog and Prime Minister Alfred Gomolka in August 1991, the four-country agreement on the NDR was signed in December 1991. This made the NDR the second largest broadcaster of the ARD, after the WDR. The return of Bundesliga football to the ARD sports show as well as Harald Schmidt's new commitment for a late-night program on Erste are also attributable to Plog.

“Plog is a strategist, lawyer, diplomat, and negotiator; cosmopolitan, with the ability to open up to people. So he recognized at the right time that Reinhold Beckmann , Jörg Pilawa and Harald Schmidt were on the run with private television and brought them one by one to ARD: single-handedly and in association with the program director of the first, Günter Struve "

In addition, Plog was instrumental in founding the Franco-German cultural channel ARTE , of which he was president from 1999 to 2002. From 1993 to 1999 and from 2003 to 2006 he was also President and from 2007 to 2010 Vice-President of the ARTE General Assembly, which was composed equally of Germans and French. In 1999/2000, Plog succeeded in thwarting France's attempt to integrate ARTE into a state holding company, virtually single-handedly.

After leaving the NDR, Plog resumed his practice as a lawyer in April 2008. On October 20, 2008, Plog was elected as the successor to the former French Minister of Education and Cultural Affairs, Jaques Toubon , as President of EURIMAGES with effect from November 2009 , the co-production fund in the film and television sector at the Council of Europe to which 33 countries belonged at the time. After having been re-elected several times, he held this position until December 31, 2016.

Until his age-related retirement (75 years of age) he was a member of the board of trustees of the ZEIT Foundation . He was also Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Madsack publishing company until May 2018 . He is also a member of the board of the Friedrich Stiftung Hannover and the board of trustees of the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben .

Jobst Plog, honorary professor for communication law at the Faculty of Law at the University of Rostock , has been organizing seminars on broadcasting law together with Hubertus Gersdorf since 1999 .


Plog received numerous awards:

  • In 1999 he received the Cross of Merit 1st Class of the Federal Republic of Germany and in 2012 the Great Cross of Merit .
  • For his services to the Franco-German cultural channel ARTE, he was appointed Commandeur des Arts et Lettres by the French Minister of Culture in December 2002 .
  • On June 28, 2005, Plog received the honorary award from the Franco-German Council of Culture in Paris. Plog received the award together with ARTE President Jérôme Clément and the former ZDF director Dieter Stolte as "Founder and Preserver of ARTE".
  • On November 5, 2007, Plog was appointed Officer of the Legion of Honor in Paris .
  • In 2001 the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg awarded Plog the title of "Professor" for his services to media politics and media culture

Fonts (incomplete)

  • Jobst Plog: Where are the media headed in Europe? , Stuttgart: Robert Bosch Foundation , 2008, ISBN 978-3-939574-08-8
  • Jobst Plog: Who is the new media useful for? Attempt to determine the current position in terms of media policy , in the series of publications of the Legal Study Society Hannover , Issue 16, 1987, ISBN 3-926675-15-2
  • Jobst Plog (responsible): ABC of ARD , ed. by the working group of the public broadcasting corporations of the Federal Republic of Germany (ARD) with the participation of ARD advertising, with contributions by Horst O. Halefeldt u. a., Baden-Baden: Nomos-Verlags-Gesellschaft, 1994, ISBN 3-7890-3358-8

Web links

Commons : Jobst Plog  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ A b Authority record of the German National Library
  2. a b c d e Ernst Munzinger (managing director): Jobst Plog (see web links)
  3. ^ Jobst Plog, director of the NDR, in conversation with Dr. Ernst Emrich , α-Forum, Bayerischer Rundfunk, February 26, 2011
  4. cf. Hugo Thielen : PLOG, Wilhelm. In: Dirk Böttcher , Klaus Mlynek, Waldemar R. Röhrbein, Hugo Thielen: Hannoversches Biographisches Lexikon . From the beginning to the present. Schlütersche, Hannover 2002, ISBN 3-87706-706-9 , p. 288; online through google books
  5. ^ FAZ archive: Genios - documents. Retrieved September 18, 2018 .
  6. ^ Chronicle of the ARD | Jobst Plog becomes NDR director. Retrieved September 18, 2018 .
  7. ^ FAZ archive: Genios - documents. Retrieved September 18, 2018 .
  8. ^ FAZ archive: Genios - documents. Retrieved September 18, 2018 .
  9. ^ NDR: Irrungen und Verrungen: How Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania came to the NDR . ( [accessed on September 18, 2018]).
  10. ^ FAZ archive: Genios - documents. Retrieved September 18, 2018 .
  11. a b c F.AZ archive: Genios - documents. Retrieved October 9, 2018 .
  12. a b ARTE annual balance sheet 2002. (pdf; 579 kB) p. 6 , archived from the original on March 18, 2005 ; Retrieved July 31, 2010 .
  13. ^ Prof. Jobst Plog, President - Jérôme Clément, Vice President - ARTE Entreprise . In: ARTE Entreprise . January 27, 2014 ( [accessed October 9, 2018]).
  14. ^ Chronicle of the ARD | ARTE: new chairman of the general assembly and new program director. Retrieved October 9, 2018 .
  15. ^ NDR director Plog appointed officer of the Legion of Honor - TV TODAY . In: TV Today . ( [accessed October 9, 2018]).
  16. a b Blickpunkt: Film | People | Prof. Jobst Plog. Retrieved October 9, 2018 .
  17. ^ Chronicle of the ARD | New ARTE tour. Retrieved October 9, 2018 .
  18. Jobst Plog is the new Eurimages President. Retrieved October 9, 2018 .
  19. Jobst Plog remains Eurimages President. Retrieved October 9, 2018 .
  20. Giovanni di Lorenzo has been a member of the board of trustees of the "Zeit" foundation since 2010. In: kress . ( [accessed on October 9, 2018]).
  21. New supervisory board at Mediengruppe Madsack / 2013 / Presse / Home - Retrieved on October 9, 2018 (German).
  22. pixel-industry: Imprint | Friedrich Foundation. Retrieved on October 9, 2018 (German).