Michael Rutz

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Michael Rutz (born October 10, 1951 in Coburg ) is a German journalist . He was editor-in-chief of the weekly newspaper Rheinischer Merkur until it was dissolved in November 2010. Since 2011 he has been the managing partner of Prof. Rutz Communications GmbH, Berlin.


Michael Rutz was born on October 10, 1951 in Coburg. After graduating from high school, he completed a newspaper traineeship at the daily newspaper Neue Presse (Coburg) . 1972 to 1976 he studied economics and law at the Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg and has been involved in his student association K.D.St.V. since 1975. Thuringia . From 1976 to 1980 he worked for Bayerischer Rundfunk as a business editor for radio. 1980 and 1981 he was radio correspondent abroad (USA and Great Britain). From 1982 to 1985 he was a consultant for the Broadcasting Council. In 1985 Michael Rutz became head of the BR radio business department. From 1987 to 1989 he was deputy. Editor-in-chief of BR television and head of the Politics and Current Affairs department .

In 1989 he became editor-in-chief of Sat.1 . In 1994 he moved to Rheinischer Merkur , where he worked as editor-in-chief until he was hired in 2010 and from 2002 as program manager of Merkur-TV (www.merkur.tv), and since 2004 also as publisher of the film magazine film-dienst and the specialist media service Funkkorrespondenz .

Michael Rutz is honorary professor at the University of Economics and Technology in Mittweida in the media technology department.

Michael Rutz is married, has three children and lives with his family in Egestorf in the Lüneburg Heath.


He is the author of numerous political documentaries

  • Schäuble's case (ARD, 2001)
  • Helmut Kohl - A German Chancellor (ARD, 2003 together with Stephan Lamby )
  • The Stinnes Empire (WDR, 2005)
  • Merkel's power - in the footsteps of the Chancellor (ARD, 2008, together with Stephan Lamby ),
  • The Red Atom (NDR, 2008)
  • Dream job diplomat? (ARD, 2009, together with Silke Gondolf ).


Rutz is a member of the steering committee of the German-Russian Petersburg Dialogue and a board member of the German-Russian Forum . Since December 2017 he has been President of the Guardini Foundation , Berlin.



Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Complete index of CV 2007, p. N-99.
  2. The end for the Rhenish Mercury. Today the last edition of the Catholic weekly paper appears. Deutschlandfunk, November 25, 2010
  3. ↑ Complete list of CV 2007, p. V-600.
  4. ^ Helmut Kohl - Interview, documentary and articles - DasErste.de .
  5. ^ Franziska Augstein: Lesson for those hungry for power . March 24, 2015.
  6. ^ Members of the Petersburg Dialogue from the German side - Petersburg Dialogue .
  7. ^ German-Russian Forum eV - Social initiative to promote German-Russian relations .