Weißmann becomes relaxed and passionate when it comes to programming projects – here the former chief producer of the ORF is noticeably moving on familiar territory. And the audience should have something of this expertise: There is a reunion with the two main characters of the cult series “MA2412”, engineer Breitfuß (Roland Düringer) and Mr. Weber (Alfred Dorfer): “The two are already retired and have sworn to each other never to see each other again, ”says Weißmann. “But they did the math without the ORF.” A successor to the successful series “Vorstadtweiber” is also already being planned, says the general. Screenwriter Uli Brée is already in the process of conceiving the production “Biester”.
The topic of climate will get a “showy element” on Wednesday evening, “Vienna Blood” (a co-production with the BBC) will be continued, as will “Starmania”, which is to be expanded to include Schlager.
On February 1st, a new TV special commission from the Upper Austrian capital, the “Soko Linz”, will start. Sports broadcasts will continue to be available en masse, for example from the Olympic Games. The women’s soccer World Cup will also be broadcast widely: the games with Austrian participation will be shown on ORF1.
Basically the following applies to the television sector: Looking back on a successful year with record rates for the ORF fleet, but also an “inventory”, as Weißmann says. The evening before in ORF1, for example, is being revised once more.
Even if the fees are increased from this year onwards, the company is under great pressure to save: the station is expected to spend 200 million euros less in the next five years than before. And at the same time, ORF wants to become younger and more diverse, as the new boss says. The proportion of women on the board of directors has been increased, and Weissmann has also announced this for the supervisory boards of the subsidiaries. According to the standard, the three new editors-in-chief who are to head the multimedia newsroom, on the other hand, are all men, as before. Weißmann counters with his new standing sentence: “Don’t believe everything that is in the newspaper.” But there are no denials.