Below is another article in the “Nice Work If You Can Get It” series, this time focusing on the corrupt use of taxpayers’ money by the employees of German public broadcasting.
Many thanks to Hellequin GB for translating this article from JournalistenWatch. The translator’s comments are in square brackets:
Nepotism and lies: RBB [Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg, Berlin-Brandenburg Broadcast] has been paying employees who have left the company salaries for doing nothing for years
The public ulcer seems to be hemorrhaging: the affair surrounding RBB boss Patricia Schlesinger is expanding. Internal documents now incriminate the longstanding administrative director and new director Hagen Brandstätter. It seems that employees who have left the public self-service shop have been paid for doing nothing for years.
The news site Business Insider — operated by Axel Springer SE — not only brought down the top parasite Patricia Schlesinger, but is now also revealing a secret bonus system. After Schlesinger’s departure, RBB is said to have promoted the wife of legal director Susann Lange to the management board, despite internal criticism. Susanne Lange’s wife, HR manager Sylvie Deléglis, was responsible for the bonus system, from which the RBB executives benefited like leeches. Only recently, due to Schlesinger’s departure, the head of human resources was promoted to Administrative Director. The lesbian couple is now jointly on the management board.
Nepotism also seems to be an essential element of everyday work at NDR, which is affiliated with ARD. There, the partner of the director of the broadcasting center in Hamburg, Sabine Rossbach, has received up to €50,000 a year for “external advice” since April 2018. As Business Insider further reports, the Public Broadcaster — i.e. the compulsory fee collector — has been paying salaries to retired employees for years for doing nothing under the responsibility of the impertinent and aloof Mr. Brandstätter. People familiar with the process confirm to the intelligence service, under assurances of anonymity, that internal plans are in place to continue this practice in some cases until the beneficiaries retire. [No wonder they need to squeeze more money from the people all the time.]
In the meantime, new anomalies come to light every week, all of which prove how the public broadcasters are leeching off the money of the contributors and have long since made the shop their prey. It is the management team and not the little cameraman who, in shameless self-enrichment, stuff their pockets full. Apparently one has gotten rid of all control mechanisms. “Forcibly financed broadcasting is morally and politically finished,” sums up the AfD Politician Wolfgang Wiehle. It is a system — funded with €8.4 billion from compulsory contributions in 2021 alone — that has degenerated into a largely uncontrolled self-service shop for decades.
Afterword from the translator:
You get thrown in Jail in Germany for refusing to pay this License — it doesn’t matter if you do NOT own a TV or Radio — so that these thieves can live in style. What can one expect from a system that has been designed from the start in such a way that it can be easily abused for self-enrichment on the back of others? Also, I noticed, most of the perpetrators and beneficiaries in the higher echelons seem to be “women”. Makes you wonder, doesn’t it?
“Little villains must submit to fate, that great ones may enjoy the world in state.” — Samuel Garth, 1699