dpatopbilder - 15.08.2022, Berlin: Die Vorsitzende des RBB Rundfunkrates, Friederike von Kirchbach steht der Presse Rede im Haus des Rundfunks nach der Sondersitzung im Fall Schlesinger. Der Rundfunkrat des öffentlich-rechtlichen RBB hat Patricia Schlesinger am Montag als Intendantin mit sofortiger Wirkung abberufen. Foto: Gerald Matzka/dpa +++ dpa-Bildfunk +++

The Chairwoman of the Broadcasting Council of Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (RBB), Friederike von Kirchbach, is resigning from her position with immediate effect.

“rbb is about to make a new start. After ten years as Chair of the Broadcasting Council, I would like to make a contribution and make my position available. With the dismissal of Patricia Schlesinger as artistic director, our committee cleared the way for new structures and people in rbb. For everything that comes now, I see new people in charge, so I’m resigning,” said von Kirchbach on Saturday, according to a broadcaster’s announcement.

In her statement, von Kirchbach emphasizes that the Broadcasting Council is a central institution in public broadcasting. “For me, the voluntary work in this body was enriching, I was happy to take on the task as chairman.” The ongoing debate about the ARD station and the public service system should not be about people, for them the matter is in the foreground Foreground.

This includes taking a self-critical look at our work in the Broadcasting Council in the past. It is important to her that she helped initiate this discussion.

“On the other hand, I am not willing to have my professional integrity as a pastor and pastor called into question, this is happening publicly and is unacceptable to me. The fortunes of rbb are placed in new hands. It was my responsibility to initiate this process, that’s done and I’m drawing a line.”

Friederike von Kirchbach has headed the Broadcasting Council since January 2013 and has been a member of the body since 2007, which she is also leaving with immediate effect. She was sent by the Evangelical Church Berlin-Brandenburg-Silesian Upper Lusatia. The Deputy Chairman of the Broadcasting Council is Dieter Pienkny, who will initially take over the official business on an interim basis.