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RBB affair: Attorney General expands investigation

Created: 04.10.2022 Updated: 10/04/2022 8:21 p.m

The illuminated logo of the broadcaster Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (RBB) can be seen on the facade of the broadcaster’s headquarters. © Carsten Koall/dpa

Controversial consulting contracts, undisclosed bonus payments and a sharp salary increase: the Berlin public prosecutor’s office is expanding its investigation into the RBB affair.

Berlin – In the affair surrounding Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (RBB), the Berlin Public Prosecutor’s Office has expanded the investigation. At the request of the German Press Agency, a spokesman for the authorities confirmed that these were now also directed against two executives from the current management of the ARD broadcaster.

The RBB had previously reported about it. According to a spokesman for the authorities, it is about the suspicion of infidelity and aiding and abetting infidelity with a view to the introduction of a variable remuneration system and continued salary payments to employees who are no longer employed.

When asked by dpa, the RBB said that we ask for your understanding that there is no statement at the moment. “Based on this new information, we are currently reviewing the legal consequences and options for action.”

The chairman of the Broadcasting Council control committee, Ralf Roggenbuck, told the dpa that there would be a conversation between him and his deputy and interim director Katrin Vernau this Wednesday, during which the investigations should also be addressed.

So far, the public prosecutor’s office has been investigating against the director Patricia Schlesinger, who was fired without notice, her husband and former “Spiegel” journalist Gerhard Spörl and the resigned station chief controller Wolf-Dieter Wolf on suspicion of infidelity and accepting advantages. The presumption of innocence applies until clarification.

The affair had started with media reports of allegations of nepotism and the felt. It’s about controversial consulting contracts for a construction project by the public broadcaster that has now been put on hold, undisclosed bonus payments for executives, a hefty salary increase for Schlesinger, the billing of food with invited guests in her private apartment at RBB’s expense, controversial Travel and coaching assignments for Schlesinger’s husband at the state-owned Messe Berlin. Wolf was also chief inspector there in personal union.

Some time ago, the trade fair supervisory board specifically announced that a compliance investigation had shown that there were no violations of public procurement law and that the orders for the trade fair had been awarded correctly. dpa

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