A look at German television


Nearly everyone had worked their way through several hairstyles, jobs and cities since they last gathered together. But the friendly camaraderie among the group of staffers who worked for the private German television station VOX at its inception 15 years ago remained.

A group of about 50 onetime VOX editors, reporters and producers gathered in Cologne in late April, 2008, to get reacquainted.

VOX launched 25 January, 1993. Some of the original staffers lasted just a year at the struggling private station. But all the former VOX staff members interviewed by the European Journalism Centre spoke about positive memories about their time at the station – even if they have since left broadcast journalism.

At its inception, VOX was mainly a news station. It struggled in its early years, laying off about 250 employees in 1994 before reinventing itself as a multi-faceted station hosting magazine, series and feature programming in the late 1990s.

A cadre of German media professionals told the EJC about their best memories of working at VOX, what changes they’ve seen in the German broadcasting landscape over the past 15 years, tips they’d give young people who want to work in television, what they’d be up to if they wouldn’t be doing journalism and thoughts on coverage of the Olympic torch relay protests.