The former director of the then Sender Freies Berlin (SFB), Günther von Lojewski, is dead. He died in Grasbrunn near Munich at the age of 87.
The former director of the then broadcaster Freies Berlin (SFB), Günther von Lojewski, is dead. He died in Grasbrunn near Munich at the age of 87, like his daughter and ZDF studio manager in Nairobi, Susann von Lojewski, on Sunday of the German press agency said. The RBB also reported about it. Von Lojewski was elected director in 1989 a few months before the fall of the Berlin Wall and remained so until 1997, when he retired prematurely during his second term for health reasons. After reunification, the head of the broadcaster faced the difficult task of giving the suburban broadcaster, which was in financial difficulties, a new structure. The merger of the SFB with Ostdeutscher Rundfunk Brandenburg (ORB) resulted in the public ARD broadcaster Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (RBB) in 2003. Von Lojewski had previously had the idea of an even larger multi-state institute in the east, but received little support for it.
Von Lojewski was born in Berlin and received his doctorate after completing his studies. The journalist worked for several media in public service broadcasting and publishing houses. This includes a traineeship at Hanover general. In the 1960s he was a political editor at Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, then he moved to ZDF and headed the newsroom. In the 1970s he became head of report-Editor at Bayerischer Rundfunk.