The new ORF boss and his work program: "Weissmann must deliver"

With a focus on new programs, the planned streaming offer ORF Player and the announcement of a relaunch of ORF1, the new General Director Roland Weißmann heralded his five-year term at a journalist meeting. The start seems to have been successful, but the pressure on the completely new ORF boardroom remains high.

“No 100 days of grace” wants to grant her about SPÖ-Freundeskreis head Heinz Lederer. Because “Weissmann has all the levers in his hands, and I expect that he will use them immediately.” He was already part of the ORF leadership. Lederer considers it positive that “Weissmann’s will is recognizable and he proposes a cooperative management style that leaves directors room for their own development.”

However, the SPÖ representative already sees two problems on the horizon: “Weissmann was chosen – not by me, but by many others – to get the future project ORF player and the necessary amendment to the law off the ground. But there is hardly any leeway in terms of content or time. Weißmann has to deliver there.” After the summer at the latest, “otherwise the guillotine will fall over the player and thus the ORF digital strategy. And one thing is clear: from day one, Weißmann, as the sole managing director, has been responsible for what happens or is not done on the ORF.”

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