Udo Röbel

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Udo Röbel (born January 20, 1950 in Neustadt an der Weinstrasse ) is a German journalist and author . He became known nationwide through his professional involvement with the Kießling affair (1984) and the Gladbeck hostage drama (1988).


During his school days at the Kurfürst-Ruprecht-Gymnasium Neustadt , Röbel worked on his school newspaper Achtung Schule and on the Haßloch local page of the Ludwigshafen daily newspaper Die Rheinpfalz . Finally he dropped out of school in 1969 in the twelfth grade and began a traineeship with this newspaper.

Röbel then went to Frankfurt am Main as a police reporter . Later he was a correspondent for the press agencies dpa and AP . Between 1972 and 1982 he worked for BILD , first in Frankfurt am Main, later as editor-in-chief in Essen- Kettwig as well as in Aachen and Cologne . In 1983 he moved to Kölner Express as deputy editor-in-chief .

In 1989 Röbel was appointed deputy editor-in-chief of Bild am Sonntag . In 1992/93 he worked as a journalistic advisor for Heinrich Bauer Verlag . In 1993 he became deputy editor-in-chief Claus Larass and on January 5, 1998 his successor. The introduction of a correction column on the second page of the newspaper is awarded to him. January 1, 2001 Robel was of Kai Diekmann replaced and the chief editor of the newly founded joint venture bild.de appointed.

From 2005 Robel editor of the media service was fairpress.biz , similar to a legal erwirkten reply individuals who were affected by a press release, a rebuttal wanted to enable as a means to combat false publications. Michael Bogdahn and Christoph Meyer-Bohl were involved. The website was offline again in 2007.

In the election campaign before the state elections in Saxony in 2014 , Udo Röbel was communications and media advisor to the SPD's top candidate Martin Dulig .

Röbel has lived in Hamburg since 1989 and writes thrillers and detective novels .


Kießling affair

In 1984 Röbel uncovered that the allegations against the Deputy NATO Supreme Commander General Günter Kießling , which led to his early departure, were incorrect. For this, the journalist received the Guardian Prize of the German daily press .

Gladbeck hostage drama

In 1988 there was a bank robbery and hostage-taking in Gladbeck ( North Rhine-Westphalia ) . Röbel made close contact with the two hostage-takers in Cologne after they had shot a first hostage in an omnibus. Finally he got into the getaway car to guide the offenders onto the autobahn in the direction of Frankfurt. When the police attacked shortly before the border with Rhineland-Palatinate , the gangsters shot a second hostage before they were arrested.

Röbel's actions brought him violent criticism and allegations of aiding and abetting , which, however, had no legal consequences. The German Press Council , however, expanded its guidelines in because of the incident Press Code (paragraph 11):

“When reporting on acts of violence […] [the press] does not allow itself to be turned into a tool by criminals. She does not make any arbitrary attempts to mediate between criminals and the police. "

"Interviews with perpetrators during the crime are not allowed."



Hobby music

In his free time, Röbel performs musically. Since 2002 he has been supporting the blues and rock band Zwick Allstars with vocals and harmonica . The band originated in the Pöseldorfer pub Zwick Rockin 'Restaurant and in 2003 consisted of Henry Heggen , Udo Röbel, Martin Scheffler, Günther Brackmann, Adrian Askew, Uli Salm and Mick Brady.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. The man behind the kitchen table. Berliner Zeitung, August 31, 2014, accessed on September 2, 2014 .
  2. Udo Röbel: The red rider. Retrieved January 28, 2012 .
  3. ^ Zwick Allstars: Zwick Pöseldorf. (No longer available online.) Formerly in the original ; Retrieved January 28, 2012 .  ( Page no longer available , search in web archives )@1@ 2Template: Dead Link / www.zwick4u.com