Peter Hahne

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Peter Hahne, 2018

Peter Hahne (born November 9, 1952 in Minden ) is a German television presenter , author and evangelist .


Training and Saarland radio

Hahne was born the son of a chemist in Minden ( Westphalia ). After graduating from high school in 1971, he studied Protestant theology , philosophy , psychology and German at Bethel , Heidelberg and Tübingen with the aim of becoming a clergyman. He graduated in 1977 with a degree in theology . In 1973 he did an internship at Saarländischer Rundfunk (SR) in the chief editor “Politics” and then worked there as a radio presenter and television author. Most recently, he was first editor in the chief editor (politics) of the SR until 1985.


Peter Hahne (ZDF) and Edmund Stoiber ( CSU ) during the summer interview at the Oberahornhütte (2010)

Hahne then moved to the main editorial office for “Current Affairs” at ZDF , where he worked as co-moderator and editor of heute-journal (1989–1991) and studio editor of the main edition of today (1991–1999). He was also involved in developing the children's news program logo! involved, which he moderated until 1991. From 1999 to the end of March 2010, Hahne was deputy head of the ZDF capital studio in Berlin , alternating with Peter Frey directly moderating the Berlin political magazine and conducting the ZDF summer interviews with it .

On April 1, 2010, Hahne moved to the ZDF program directorate and received a Sunday talk format named after him, Peter Hahne , for which he was criticized as a "cuddle talker". It was first broadcast on June 27, 2010 and thereafter until his retirement in late 2017. His successor as deputy head of the ZDF capital studio was the foreign correspondent Thomas Walde .


Peter Hahne has been working as a columnist for Bild am Sonntag as well as an author for idea and a commentator for ideaHeute since 1996 - increasingly since the beginning of his retirement in 2018 . In his books (total circulation over 6 million), Hahne stands up primarily for his Christian convictions. With over 800,000 copies sold, his book ended with funny , a criticism of what he called the “ fun society ”, the year's bestseller on the Spiegel list in 2005. In 2006, it reached number five. Der Spiegel wrote: "People read Hahne because they do not understand Ratzinger ." Hahnes books clearly outpaced the Pope boom. "This is what it sounds like in the manifestos from Hahne to Di Fabio to Langenscheidt , bestseller publications that are impossible to thank for Union voters alone" (Süddeutsche Zeitung, July 22, 2006). The weekly magazine of the German Bundestag “ Das Parlament ” wrote: “If you want to get to know Germany's state of mind, you have to read Hahnes book” (2005). In Italy the book was published under the title "La festa è finita".

In October 2001 it became known that Hahne had taken ten lines almost word for word from a feature section of the Süddeutsche Zeitung in his column for Bild am Sonntag . Contrary to the usual journalistic practice, Hahne did not mark the quote as such. Hahne apologized in writing after the incident became known.

Hahne is one of the signatories of the call to put an end to gender nonsense! of the German Language Association . In 2017 he spoke out against the reduction or cancellation of the EKD funding for the news agency idea and called for "the rescue of the internal church 'freedom of media and freedom of expression'". According to the Christian Publicists Working Group, he himself donated 40,000 euros to the media portal in 2017 .

Hahne distances himself from the use of the term “ lie press” , but is convinced that there is a so-called “ gap press ” in which “topics and theses simply fall under the table”.

Religious and social engagement

Peter Hahne (first row, second from right, next to Margot Käßmann ) during the EKD Synod in April / May (2009)

Peter Hahne was a member of the Council of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) from 1992 to October 2009 . He is a member of the board of trustees of the ProChrist evangelical association and has been a member of the German Evangelist Conference since December 2017 . Hahne is also a member of the support group of the Foundation of the German Police Union .


In 2015, Stefan Niggemeier criticized the title of the Hahne commentary No Social Welfare Office for the World in the picture, as Niggemeier recognized a semantic parallel to an NPD campaign slogan. As a result of further media critical rezipierter statements cock on migration issues, internal security and political correctness , media journalist René Martens turned in an essay in 2019 in the media correspondence and via media the thesis, at Hahne if it were a "colleagues from right" who " spreads the worldview of the AfD ". Christoph Butterwegge , Gudrun Hentges and Gerd Wiegel previously summed up that Hahne was one of a group of publicists who “, as they ideologically disguised aspects of social reality, contributed significantly to shifting public discourse to the right, from which no party benefits any longer has than the AfD. ” Daniel Bax judged similarly , Hahne stirs up“ popular resentment [s] ”in questions of migration and internal security. Opposite Achim Winter explained Hahne on Tichy's insight , today would be " right " stigmatized [...], although that is a regular parliamentary term, instead of the correct, right-wing extremist 'to say. " When asked about a possible sympathy for the AfD, Hahne of the Schwäbische Zeitung replied in a similar way: He is not a party member, but one is “suddenly considered right-wing extremist ” if “one cites statements today that were 15 years ago in the CDU party program stood ". Andreas Malessa speculated that Hahne made this statement because he, as a “prominent evangelical”, was offended by media insults. According to Malessa, Christians are called “ fundamentalist ” in the media discourse as soon as they refer to “the foundations of the Bible, the creed and the Reformation confessions ”. About Hahnes publication Put an end to your eternal sham packs! We don't let ourselves be fooled, judged Denis Scheck that this "pamphlet" by the "dull Stammtisch Michel [s]" Hahne is "a prime example of that vulgar populism that is a curse that afflicts western democracies at the beginning of the 21st century" , in which he "sells his readers on 128 inconsistent, confused, abstruse pages [...] for stupid". Jan Böhmermann ironically described the publication in a satirical Neo-Magazin-Royale article in which he presented other books by Hahnes as "a book [...] that will make Thilo Sarrazin fear".


Peter Hahne is single and lives in Berlin- Wilmersdorf .


  • Hahne is Honorary Commissioner of the Bavarian Police and won the Bambi audience award as ARD / ZDF's most popular news presenter.
  • In 1983 he received the Kurt Magnus Prize of ARD , in 1995 the Prize for Protestant Journalism and in 2000 the Golden Gong for outstanding reporting on the capital.
  • In 2006, Hahne received the German-Italian cultural prize Capo Circeo, which is under the patronage of the European Commission .
  • In 2010 he received the Hoffmann von Fallersleben Medal for his commitment to German unity.
  • In 2016 he was appointed Honorary Commissioner of the Christian Police Association.

Publications (excerpt)

As a sole author


As a co-author


Web links

Commons : Peter Hahne  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b Peter Hahne, for many years one of the most famous ZDF journalists in the capital, gets a talk show in the middle of life , Berliner Zeitung, June 26, 2010
  2. a b TV presenter and author - a portrait of Peter Hahne ( memento from August 27, 2010 in the Internet Archive ), in: MDR Riverboat August 12, 2010.
  3. Peter Hahne starts his new career with Käßmann , in: Die Welt from June 21, 2010
  4. Uwe Mantel: Peter Hahne: If nobody talks about you, you're dead , in: Medienmagazin of April 24, 2011
  5. ^ Thomas Eckert and Joachim Huber (interview with Peter Hahne): Talkshow premiere | "I am Hans in luck" , in: Tagesspiegel from June 26, 2010
  6. Marcel Mund: ZDF premiere: Peter Hahnes new talk show is dangerously nice , in: Die Welt from June 27, 2010
  7. Celebrity birthday of November 9, 2017: Peter Hahne ,, article of November 9, 2017.
  8. Sebastian Hammelehle: Peter Hahne gets his own talk show , in: Spiegel online from January 22, 2010
  9. Farewell TV. Peter Hahne: Gospel is timeless and up-to-date ,, article from December 11, 2017.
  10. WDR: About Evangelical Influence in Church and Politics. December 21, 2018, accessed December 9, 2019 .
  11. idea. Accessed December 10, 2019 (German).
  12. Double exclusive , in: Spiegel online from October 1, 2001
  13. Margarete Stokowski: Gender equitable language: Who is hysterical here? In: Spiegel Online . March 12, 2019 ( [accessed December 10, 2019]).
  14. ↑ No more gender nonsense! - German Language Association V. Accessed December 10, 2019 (German).
  15. a b Peter Hahne: An attack on the diversity of opinion . Ed .: Working group of Christian journalists . Niedenstein March 2017 ( [PDF]).
  16. ^ EKD and "idea" - dispute over Protestant media portal. Accessed December 10, 2019 (German).
  17. a b By Achim Winter Tuesday, July 25, 2017: In conversation with Peter Hahne: “Popular is confused with populist”. July 25, 2017, accessed December 10, 2019 (German).
  18. a b By the editor Sun, 11 June 2017: Peter Hahne: “Popular is confused with populist”. June 11, 2017, accessed December 10, 2019 (German).
  19. ^ EKD: Council - election results
  20. ^ Kuratorium ProChrist eV , accessed on June 27, 2016
  21. Peter Hahne becomes a member of the German Evangelist Conference,, notification of December 7, 2017.
  22. Peter Hahne: Rough manners, cheeky lies: How did we deserve it! BASTEI LÜBBE, 2017, ISBN 978-3-7325-4970-2 ( [accessed December 9, 2019]).
  23. And woe betide you, we're talking about sausage - Stefan Niggemeier. Accessed December 10, 2019 (German).
  24. Stefan Niggemeier:. @ ZDF man Peter Hahne and @BILDamSonntag on In: @niggi. February 7, 2015, accessed December 10, 2019 .
  25. ^ BILD commentary by Peter Hahne: No social welfare office for the world. Retrieved December 10, 2019 .
  26. - Newspapers from around the world. Retrieved December 10, 2019 .
  27. The march to the right edge. Retrieved December 9, 2019 .
  28. From ARD to AfD: Journalists who populate the right wing. In: Übermedien. October 6, 2019, accessed December 9, 2019 (German).
  29. Christoph Butterwegge, Gudrun Hentges, Gerd Wiegel: Right-wing populists in parliament: Polemics, agitation and propaganda by the AfD . Westend Verlag, 2018, ISBN 978-3-86489-714-6 ( [accessed December 9, 2019]).
  30. ^ Daniel Bax: Die Volksverführer: Why right-wing populists are so successful . Westend Verlag, 2018, ISBN 978-3-86489-676-7 ( [accessed December 9, 2019]).
  31. Former news moderator Peter Hahne: "Politicians live in a parallel society". Retrieved December 10, 2019 .
  32. Andreas Malessa: As Christians support the AfD ?: A plea for ... Joh. Brendow & Sohn Verlag GmbH, 2017, ISBN 978-3-86506-994-8 ( [accessed December 10, 2019]).
  33. Denis Scheck comments on the bestseller list. Retrieved December 10, 2019 .
  34. Video: Top Ten: Fiction - Hot off the press - ARD | The first. Retrieved December 10, 2019 .
  35. ^ Print alert level - Peter Hahne books. Retrieved December 10, 2019 .
  36. Alert level print from 20.09.2018 | NEO MAGAZIN ROYALE with Jan Böhmermann - ZDFneo. Retrieved December 10, 2019 .
  37. Brigitte Schmiemann: Series "This is Berlin": Wilmersdorf - between the neighborhood and the cosmopolitan city . October 18, 2008 ( [accessed December 10, 2019]).
  38. Reader's contribution: Peter Hahne visits the PGS! | Photo: C.Kaefer. February 6, 2018, accessed December 10, 2019 .
  39. A pick-me-up for Christians and the Church at 65 ,, article from November 4, 2017.
  40. We feel that there is a great need among police officers ,, article from April 25, 2016.