Public broadcasters are sending about 50 employees to the Queen’s funeral
The NDR and ZDF send staff to London to report on the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. Both broadcasters will operate in parallel, not in turn. Both broadcasters are keeping a low profile regarding the cost of personnel expenses.
aQueen Elizabeth II will be buried in a state ceremony in London on Monday. It is an event of enormous proportion. According to media reports, about 2,000 guests are expected, including Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier. The public broadcaster will send about 50 employees from Germany to London for the funeral.
“In addition to the ZDF studio team in the British capital, about eight to ten moderators, reporters and experts are stationed at various locations,” ZDF said upon request.New Osnabrück newspaperIn addition, there will be another 20 to 30 employees of production and technology as well as cameramen and local staff, a spokesman for the broadcaster said: “Long transmission distances such as the Queen’s funeral ceremonies A similar deployment is required for broadcasting. personnel.”
Unlike other royal occasions, the ARD and ZDF do not attend Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral in person, but in parallel. CDU leader Friedrich Merz criticized the ARD and the ZDF for their large personnel costs at a recent CDU party convention. Public broadcasting has been criticized for years because of the dual structure between the ARD and the ZDF.
NDR, who takes over reporting for ARD, strengthens ARD Studio’s 19-strong team in London by ten more: “These are ten people – estimated – during the ten-day mourning phase for the Queen on site,” NOZ said. A spokesman for the NDR said at the request of the NDR and emphasized that the cost of personnel for comprehensive reporting is comparatively low. While the NDR produces special events in Hamburg and switches to live positions in London, the ZDF Produces its programs directly on site.
The NDR did not wish to divulge any details of personnel expenses in respect of the funeral ceremony. ZDF also keeps a low profile in this regard.
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