Prof. Ernst Elitz

Founding Director

Ernst Elitz was born on July 24, 1941.

After pursuing studies in German, theatre, politics and philosophy at the Freie Universität (FU) in Berlin, he worked from 1969 – 1974 as an editor at Der Spiegel in Hamburg. He then went on to the public TV broadcasters ARD and ZDF, where he acted as moderator, editorial manager and editor-in-chief.

From 1994 – 2009, he served as the founding director-general of Deutschlandradio (Deutschlandfunk, Deutschlandradio Kultur, Dradio Wissen), a German national radio broadcaster.

Elitz is currently an honorary professor of culture and media management at the Freie Universität Berlin and director of the FU’s BerlinMediaProfessionalSchool. He also works as a columnist, author and media consultant.