Allegations of nepotism: Report: ARD chairman Schlesinger before resigning

Patricia Schlesinger has been director of the RBB since 2016, now she apparently has to vacate her chair due to allegations of favoritism and nepotism.

Allegations of nepotism: Report: ARD chairman Schlesinger before resigning

Patricia Schlesinger has been director of the RBB since 2016, now she apparently has to vacate her chair due to allegations of favoritism and nepotism. According to a media report, it is only a matter of time. Schlesinger gambled away the trust of the directors.

According to a media report, the director of Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (RBB), Patricia Schlesinger, is about to resign. As the industry portal "Horizont" reports, Schlesinger is to announce her resignation in a planned round of directors. The ARD managers were therefore only looking for a suitable date. A press appointment scheduled for 1 p.m. passed without explanation.

Schlesinger, who is currently also the chairwoman of the ARD community, has been exposed to various allegations for weeks that "Business Insider" had started the case. The core issue is whether the station boss and the station chief controller could have treated each other too laxly in the event of a possible conflict of interests.

Consulting contracts for an RBB construction project and orders for Schlesinger's husband at Messe Berlin play a role. The RBB Board of Directors Chairman Wolf-Dieter Wolf is also the chief supervisor of the state-owned trade fair. Both rejected the allegations. Investigations are underway in the houses. Wolf's RBB office is at a standstill and the construction project is on hold.

Schlesinger also attracted criticism because of a salary increase of 16 percent to 303,000 euros and most recently because of allegations of non-transparent procurement and use of her company car. In the meantime, she was open to speaking to the board of directors again. There was also resentment because of official dinners, which Schlesinger organized in her function as RBB director in her private apartment in Berlin.

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