Kurt Felix

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Kurt Paul Felix (born March 27, 1941 in Wil , canton St. Gallen ; † May 16, 2012 in St. Gallen ) was a Swiss television presenter and television journalist , who from 1995 also had Italian citizenship .


When Felix was eleven, his parents divorced and he grew up with foster parents. His interest in radio plays developed early on , which he wrote himself during his school days and some of which were broadcast. He also produced tape interviews with celebrities who in 1960 in the radio program Hello teenager the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation aired. After he had managed to organize an evening of entertainment for the troops during his military service, he applied to television. In 1962 he received his first contract to participate in a television program, while after graduating from the teachers' seminar in Kreuzlingen in 1962 he worked as a teacher and from 1961 had occasionally worked as a radio reporter and newspaper journalist. In 1965 he took a full-time position at Swiss television SF DRS and first became editor in the culture and science department . In 1978 he became head of the quizzes and games department within the entertainment department , to which he had switched in 1973 . He developed and moderated his own successful broadcast formats, in particular entertainment programs ( Stöck-Wys-Stich , Grüezi Mitenand, Teleboy ).

From 1980 he moderated the program he developed Do you understand fun? in the first German television and ended a year later his many years as a presenter of Teleboy on Swiss television. From 1983 to 1990 Felix stood for Do you understand fun? together with his wife Paola in front of the camera, after the two had made their successful joint debut as a moderator on ZDF in 1982 as representatives for Harald Juhnke in the music show Songs Going Around the World .

At the height of his career and on his 50th birthday, Felix switched behind the camera in 1991. He developed the Saturday night show A Red Carpet for ... was fun as a consultant for the show Do you understand? , worked as a television columnist for Schweizer Illustrierte , SonntagsBlick and St. Galler Tagblatt , among others , before finally ending his career in 2008.

On June 24, 2011, he was awarded the Swiss TV Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Zurich . The award was presented to him by his longtime friends Frank Elstner and Karl Dall .


In 1980 Felix married the singer and television presenter Paola Del Medico for the second time . In 1988, in a representative survey by the opinion research institute Emnid, viewers voted them the most popular moderator couple on German television.

Kurt Felix's son Daniel (* 1966) comes from his first marriage and works as a broadcasting director for Swiss television. Both shared a passion for railways.

Kurt Felix's hobbies included migrating new Swiss motorways before they were opened to traffic, navigating the alpine lakes with his yacht and traveling to Central Europe and Italy.

In 2003 he retired into private life due to thymoma cancer. The intensive medical treatment was initially successful, so that afterwards he was able to live symptom-free for a long time with his wife at their homes in St. Gallen and in Italy. In early April 2010, a new cancer outbreak was diagnosed, so he had to cancel all ongoing commitments. Kurt Felix died on May 16, 2012 at the age of 71 from his long-term illness in the St. Gallen Cantonal Hospital . He was buried three days later in the Ostfriedhof in St. Gallen. On May 31, 2012, a public memorial service took place in the St. Laurence Church in St. Gallen.


Presentation of the youth TV program on books, 1965.

also known as "Club 67" and "Club 68" depending on the year it was broadcast; Author and presenter of the TV youth program with music and quizzes (24 episodes in total), 1966–1968.

Development of the broadcast format; Moderation from 1968 to 1969. First interactive broadcast in Switzerland about the card game Jassen, which is popular in the Alemannic region; today the show is called Samschtig-Jass .

Inventor of the show, writer and director. Eurovision broadcast (DRS, ORF, ZDF) with folk music. The performers take the train to picturesque landscapes in Central Europe.

Entertainment program that Kurt Felix developed, designed and hosted together with Rosemarie Pfluger in 1971/1972 . The show will vote for the Swiss of the year for the first time and raise money to save Swiss cultural monuments.

Author and moderator. Show during the radio exhibition in Zurich, 1973.

Author of the Eurovision guessing game; proposed as moderator by DRS, but rejected by ZDF.

Development of the broadcast format, author and moderator. Entertainment program with a hidden camera, quiz elements, sketches and show blocks (1974–1981), which achieved the highest ratings in the history of Swiss television with up to 70 percent .

Author of the “Bronze Rose of Montreux” and the “Chaplin Prize” award-winning sketch show.

ZDF music show, moderated together with Paola, 1982.

SWF early-evening series co-moderated with Paola (6 episodes), 1983.

Further development of Teleboy, author. Hidden camera on ARD from 1980 to 1990; from 1983 as a Saturday evening show co-moderated with his wife Paola ; In 1991 and 1992, the pranks were presented in a best-of series on the ARD's evening program.

Saturday evening show on Swiss television for records and millions, 1987 to 1991.

Presentation of his most popular pranks with Hidden Camera (in the third programs in the Southwest, in the North, by WDR and MDR), 2001 and 2002.

Development of the transmission format. This Saturday evening gala broadcast in 2006 was about a famous Swiss personality or a foreign celebrity with Swiss residence. The show was discontinued after three episodes.





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  1. a b Announcement of the birth of the community of Wil for the month of March 1941. In: kurt-paola-felix.ch , accessed on May 21, 2012 ( archive version) ( Memento from May 21, 2012 on WebCite )
  2. a b Kurt Felix has died. In: persoenlich.com , May 19, 2012
  3. Detailed biography of Kurt Felix ( Memento from June 1, 2012 in the Internet Archive ) (DOC file; 100 kB), section Northern Italy , p. 11
  4. ^ A b Sonja Pohlmann: On the death of Kurt Felix: Der Glückssucher. In: Welt.de , May 20, 2012, accessed June 6, 2012
  5. ^ Message in radio correspondence , issue 21–22 / 2012 from May 25, 2012
  6. "This Christmas will be particularly beautiful." In: Blick , December 22, 2010
  7. TV legend Kurt Felix has died. In: Schweizer Fernsehen , May 19, 2012
  8. Kurt Felix rests here. In: Blick.ch , May 23, 2012
  9. Kurt Felix's grave with stone. In: knerger.de
  10. One last applause for Paolas Kurt. In: Blick.ch , June 1, 2012
  11. About Kurt Felix. In: 3sat , accessed March 22, 2013
  12. About the "Lifetime Award": "Better late than never ...". In: Schweizer Illustrierte , June 23, 2011