Tom Buhrow chose one of the best addresses in Hamburg for his service. The Übersee-Club, founded in 1922 on the initiative of banker Max Warburg as an association to promote exchange between business and science, is celebrating its centenary. A brilliant audience gathers, and the president of ARD talks about “nonprofit broadcasting in the 21st century.”
We have to get out of the current system.
This sounds like cultivating first-class traditions. But it turned out completely differently. Because it’s not the head of the ARD and not the director of the WDR who is speaking, but the special person Tom Bohreau. He says. Of course he knows that his words are only a private expression of opinion. “Private” Buhrow outlines how he envisions the future of the public streaming service. Puff cake by tradition. Buhrow, the private, fully opens the field of German media politics. In this regard, it was already a “very good idea,” as Obersee club president Michael Berndt said, to invite Bohreau. He uses the evening to question all the certainties of German media policy and to demand a new social contract for public broadcasting. How many channels should there be? ARD and ZDF? What about third parties, 64 radio channels, orchestras? Everything should be on the table.
Bohru believed that society should not only have a say in public service and media policy. ARD, ZDF and Deutschlandradio should all be asked and allowed to ask why they exist and how much boolean programming they have. In Bohreau’s opinion, media policy needs to be shocked or must be reformed due to measures of eternal balancing of interests. “We have to get out of the previous system,” says Bohreau. He means it.
Bohru sums up the process he wants to start in four points: “First, we have to get out of the previous system. Second, we need a round table to come up with a new social contract. A kind of constituent assembly for the new non-profit Radona. Third: No taboos and no prohibitions on thinking. In this round table. Fourth, if we agree on the goal, we need time to reach it. Then reliability and safety for at least one generation. A generation contract.”
It is no longer a debate on individual issues, says Bohreau, regarding the scandal in Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg and the incidents at Nord Deutscher Rundfunk, it is a fundamental debate. “What we don’t want or no longer want.” This question must be asked. There is always talk of ‘repair’, but ‘partial repair’ is always meant. And anyone who really ignores something, according to Bohreau, reaps a wave of indignation. No one dared to come out of the cover, everyone watching each other, “It’s a bit like Mikado, whoever moves first loses.”
“Does Germany want two nationwide public television channels?”
“What we did yesterday doesn’t matter anymore,” Bohru says. “We need a fresh start. Without the typical self-defense reflexes. Without the limitations of thinking.” The first question you should ask yourself is: ‘Does Germany want to continue to have two national linear television stations in parallel? If not: what does that mean? Should one disappear completely and the other remain? In the worlds?”