Lunch journal

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The Mittagsjournal is an information broadcast by the Austrian radio station Ö1 . It was created in 1967 after the radio referendum and is therefore the oldest of the six journal formats in Ö1. The morning journal was created a year later . Gabi Waldner has been responsible for the Ö1 Info program since 2012 . Waldner's chief radio editor-in-chief is Johannes Aigelsreiter.

Airtime, schedule and content

The lunchtime journal is broadcast Monday to Friday from 12:00 to 13:00 and on Saturday from 12:00 to 12:56. A similar news program will be broadcast on Sunday at 1 p.m., for which the term “ Sunday journal” used by ORF is more appropriate, mainly because it only lasts until around 1:10 p.m.

For many years, the midday journal was broadcast simultaneously on Ö1 and Ö3 , similar to the time in picture 1, which was also broadcast for a very long time (until April 2007) mostly on both ORF TV channels at 7.30 p.m. As a result, for example, traffic reports had to be read out from time to time by the moderators, which was actually not part of the Austria 1 program. In addition, Ö3 left the program in some cases, for example to be able to report live on important sporting events (ski races etc.).

At the beginning of the broadcast there is a short summary of the planned topic by the moderator, followed by a longer news overview. Today this is read out by the responsible editor himself, up to the 1990s there were separate news anchors (for example Wilfried Schirlbauer, who is otherwise known from Ö1). Until the news anchors were abolished, it was also customary to initiate the respective reports by naming the country concerned. This is similar to the method used in Germany to this day of always first specifying the location of the event.

The next item on the program is the weather report, which is prepared by one of the ORF meteorologists. Since the ORF radio did not have its own weather department until April 1991, the relevant reports were part of the news at that time. The only exception to this was Friday, when a detailed preview of the weekend weather was switched live to the ZAMG on the Hohe Warte. The meteorologists there, however, had no further radio experience, which was sometimes noticeable in their presentation style.

The main part of the program is the following contribution program, which does not have a specific ranking of the topics (e.g. domestic policy, foreign policy, etc.). Instead, the individual reports are imported according to their importance, whereby it is not uncommon that there are 3 or more articles on a topic. The only fixed point in the article is the reference to the journal panorama, the "supplement" to the evening journal.

For a long time, sports reports found it difficult to enter the journal, mostly only when they related to a competition that ended during the broadcast. But even then, the results that were important for Austria were only read out by the moderator. However, detailed reports on this topic have only been available for a few years.

On Saturdays, the series occupies an important place in the Journal zu Gast , in which important personalities from public life are interviewed in detail.

At the end of the lunchtime journal, a cultural contribution is broadcast every day, as well as other short news overviews in German, English and French.

The individual reports and the entire journal are also made available on the Internet (see web links).

Further journals on Ö1 from Monday to Friday (duration):

  • Early journal at 6 a.m. (10 min)
  • Morning journal at 7 a.m. with Kultur aktuell (33 min) and at 8 a.m. (20 min)
  • Journal at five at 5 p.m. (9 min)
  • Evening journal with the journal panorama (on Fridays, the European journal instead of the journal panorama , from 6 p.m. (until April 1977 from 6:15 p.m.), 55 min)
  • Night journal at 10 p.m. (8 min)


The broadcast team at the Austrian Radio Prize 2015

In 2015, the show's team was awarded the Austrian Radio Prize in the category of best news broadcast .


In the first lunchtime journals, a simple but somewhat hectic identifier was used, later it was exchanged for a quieter, softer signature carried by the melody of a Hammond organ . Between 1977 and 1994 the journals were introduced by a movement from Franz Schubert's Deutsche Tanzen . For many listeners, this identifier is still the "classic" signature of the ORF information broadcasts. Since September 1994, the journals have had an identifier written by the Tyrolean composer Werner Pirchner .

In cooperation with ORF, the Austrian Media Library digitized the Ö1 journals from 1967 to 1999 in three steps , with the midday journal forming the core of the work. Since June 2013, all midday journal broadcasts from 1976 to 1999, as well as the archived holdings from 1967 to 1973, have been available on the media library's homepage.

See also: ZDF - Mittagsmagazin

Individual evidence

  1. ^ ORF-Radios: Gabi Waldner becomes head of the "Journals" department. In: ORF Radio Public Relations, December 14, 2012, accessed on March 25, 2013 .
  2. Mittagsjournal from April 18, 1977 (the change will be announced at the beginning of the broadcast)
  3. Austrian Radio Prize 2015: "I dedicate it to my mother!" . OTS notification dated June 2, 2015, accessed June 13, 2016.
  4. Mittagsjournal from September 19, 1994 , (The change is mentioned in the opening moderation)
  5. Website of the media library ( Memento of the original from June 21, 2017 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /

Web links