Germany 2016: ARD gambles credibility away
Vasil Dimitrov (Bulgaria)
HAMBURG, GERMANY – The German EBU broadcaster ARD (Arbeitsgemeinschaft der öffentlich-rechtlichen Rundfunkanstalten der Bundesrepublik Deutschland – consortium of public-service remitted broadcasters of Germany) damaged the last bit of reputation of Xavier Naidoo by withdrawing the candidate to sing for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 two days ago.
Naidoo was nominated internally by the NDR (one part of the consortium responsible to arrange the national ESC selection annually since 1996) but because of the R&B-singers background they decided to drop him 48 hours after announcing him as candidate.
For now the last chapter of Germany’s ESC soap opera was that Volker Herres (Program Director at ARD) distanced the ARD itself from all decisions the regional broadcaster NDR made for the ESC 2016. Herres gives a straight slap to the face of NDR by saying: “I would have welcomed if the discussion would have routed internally by the ARD before there were created precedence by declaring the nomination.”
That the ARD act as a schoolmaster after leaving the NDR alone for quite a while will conjure up a reaction of NDR – maybe in quitting the project ESC directly. A change could be helpful as a new start of the German ESC-business but the “public-service remit” is not good for creative and innovative ideas itself. The decision makers sit warm and dry on their leather-chairs and have nothing to do with real life (of music and life-style). It is important to take creative people from different professions into the ESC-team to reform the German system. Maybe the pressure of time is even good for this process.
special thanks to Marco Boehm (Germany) for the contribution