Deutschlandfunk seminar programme

Expectations of pleasing journalism?

Sport, the media and the German situation

10.00: Opening session

Opening greetings:

Dr. Willi Steul
Director of Deutschland Radio


Keynote speech:

“Sport nation Germany“

Dr. Michael Vesper,
Director General of the German Olympic Sports Confederation

Keynote speech:

“Germany, your sport“ 

Prof. Dr. Gunter Gebauer
Sports philosopher at FU Berlin

Keynote speech:

"A dying model? How can sport political journalism look like in the third millennium?" 

Jens Weinreich, Journalist, Author and Filmmaker


Discussion to follow

11.45: Workshops

Workshop 1:

”A programmed loser? Limitations and chances of a German application for the Olympics“

Speaker: Anno Hecker
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Chair:  Herbert Fischer-Solms, Deutschlandfunk

Workshop 2:

“Corruption instead of catharsis: In the depths of secret sport diplomacy using FIFA as a case“ 

Speaker: Thomas Kistner
Süddeutsche Zeitung

Chair:  Astrid Rawohl


12.45: Lunch break

14.00: Workshops

Workshop 4:
“Sport trends and media trends: Where do new markets evolve?“


Oliver Fritsch
Online editor Die Zeit; founder and operator of and the portal

Kai Pahl 
Operator of the blog

Jürgen Kalwa
Sports journalist and blogger in the USA

Chair: Moritz Küpper

Workshop 5:

“Unknown worlds: Sport systems in China and North Korea“

Speaker: Hajo Seppelt 
ARD doping expert

Chair: Astrid Rawohl 

Workshop 6:

“Right-wing radicalism in football“

Speaker: Ronny Blaschke 
Journalist and book author

Chair: Thomas Wheeler 
Deutschlandradio Kultur

15.00: Afternoon session

Keynote Speech:

“The 2018 Olympic Games application as depicted in the German media“

Speaker:  Dr. Jörg-Uwe Nieland and Holger Ihle
German Sport University Cologne

Chair:  Philipp May 

Panel Discussion:
“Between event marketing and journalistic research: What is public-service sports journalism?“


Fritz Pleitgen
Director of Westdeutsche Rundfunk (WDR) and former president of European Broadcasting Union (EBU)

Professor Dietrich Leder
Academy of Media Arts Cologne
Moderator: Jürgen Roth
Author and journalist

16.15: Break


16.45: Closing discussion:

Keynote speech:

“German sports history. What has been done and what is there left to do?“

Jochen Staadt
Forschungsverbund SED-Staat (Research Association on the SED State), Freie Universität Berlin


Hans-Georg Moldenhauer
Former DFB-Vice president and founding president of Nordostdeutscher Fußballverband (The regional FA in Northeast German)

Harald Pieper
Press officer at the former German Sports Confederation (Deutscher Sport Bund)

Rica Reinisch
GDR Olympic gold medallist in swimming and doping victim 

Hans-Georg Aschenbach
Former ski jumper and GDR-refugee

Moderator: Herbert Fischer-Solms 

Approx. 18.00:   Get-together and networking


Getting there:

Important: The annual Cologne Marathon will take place on the same day as the sports conference. Since major parts of the city will be closed to vehicles, please expect a longer journey time. A map can be found here:

Deutschlandfunk can also be reached by public transport (bus lines 130, 132 and 133). Please note that the bus schedules could change during the Cologne Marathon. Updated information can be found at: (in German). 

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