Friday , April 16 2021

Interview with the new director of the SRF, Natalie Weepereler

In his first interview with Blick, SRF's new director, Natalie Weepereler, talks about where he locates the largest transmitter constructions. How she wants to live on Saturday night and what she loves most about her private life.

Boutique hotel in Niederdorf in Zurich. While passers-by rest on this sunny Thursday evening with an aperitif, the new director of the SRF, Natalie Vpepler Blick, gives her first interview since assuming office in early March. It seems to be more accessible and smoky, as it has often been described – without a director's emphasis, more with artistic talent.

Watching: a woman WapplerYou are also a talented pianist besides your traditional profession. Three years ago, in Tonhalle, you played Mozart Piano Concerto for Three Pianos, which was highlighted by former German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt. What makes you happier – your performance then or choice SRF Director?
Nathalie Wappler: I'm just thinking: can you split happiness at all? However, both of them made me really happy, but in different ways. You have to get used to this pace enormously. I practiced violently with YouTube for half a year. The fact that I did, gave me a huge sense of happiness. But the choice was an incredibly nice moment.

What was the most beautiful place where you ever played a piano?
My husband Wolfgang and I have two keyboards with piano stops, which we can use to generate the sound of Steinway through a simulation speaker. We took this device with us when we traveled to Tuscany in our mobile home. There we gave them serenade for friends in our house. By the way, in the homes there is a TV and a very good stereo. We gave up additional beds for this.

Last November, you caused anxiety with your testimony in "NZZ I'm Suntag", you wanted to get away from the opinion of journalism. Did you expect to make such waves?
Perhaps I was able to formulate something more precisely what I am talking about at all: open, transparent journalism that corresponds to a high standard of quality. This also means, for example: If you come up with a different result in the research than you initially think, then you should also show it. Independence is oriented towards us – that's why we have internal guidelines.

Did this excitement cause you to be less active on Twitter?
I still like Twitter, and I also read many messages from others. I got very well from the network and I said: "You need to return something to the community". But in my new position, I realized that it causes other reactions if I continue to relate to the connections. So I got bored.

You have to save. This mainly affects the fun. What are you planning on Saturday night?
We will come in autumn with a new format, which includes an explicit journalistic approach. It's called "It Happened to …" in which we are addressing an event from recent Swiss history, a documentary and a fictional. The Beginning of the Ghost Train to Sleeping 2006 story. We narrate the story, with interviews and fictional elements.

Finally it is concluded with steps SRF?
No, that does not mean that we no longer react in the traditional sense. "Can I ask?", From which I saw all the latest episodes, is again 2020. Also, it is planned that "I know everything" in the international network. We have "Happy Day" and "Hello again", which continue. But, we have less money and therefore we need to find new approaches in the field of the show.

What are the most urgent tasks?
We are currently implementing several major projects: the establishment of the Culture Department in Basel, then the Collection and Radiohorn in Zurich. Added to this is the integration of the TPC into SRF. For two years, the SRF will be another company. In total, about 1000 people work in these projects. This means that there may be new links, processes, and editorial structures. It will also change the formats. "Tagesschau" will still be in half of seven, but there will be a new studio and a slightly different look.

SRF ads as a novel Kilchsperger or Steffi Buchli migrated – recently Jonas Projer on the planned TV. Money obviously also played a role here. How do you want to resist the exodus of your stars?
For one thing, I am sorry that Jonas leaves us, but it is also legitimate for him to want to develop. It's good when there is a market in Switzerland where a reporter like him can gain a new experience. It also gives us the opportunity to promote new talents. In contrast, it is also a chance to discover new faces on other channels. Because the SRF is still an attractive employer.

Are you at home and looking at "Tagesschau" when Notre Dame was on fire?
No, I was recording the Literary Club program. Why?

SRF surpassed the tragedy.
Wait, the fire broke out shortly after 19:00 – shortly thereafter we sent the first message by pressing. But I admit that the view was faster. In the main issue of "Tagesschau" we showed the first pictures and we pointed out that we are delivering liveliness with a live ticker. The "10 to 10" Notre Dame was then the main theme. And in the late evening there was a moderator "Tagesschau Spezial" instead of an unmodified informative flash. That was fine.

Jonah Projer they said they wanted to watch TV on such an event Be in the air for a few minutes.
I value her when she sets such goals. If it succeeds so quickly to enter the air, it will be an incentive.

on SRF program still strongly on the structural plan of the first director Peter Shelenberg from the 1980s. With "Puls" on Monday, "Casence" on Tuesday, "Randshaw" on Wednesday, etc. Is not innovation urgently needed?
The program always moves. On the other hand, reliability is very important in the structure of the program. We would like to keep this. Think of the news in half of seven, after this point, half of the television viewers are still watching. These are fastening points that must be maintained. The program, of course, will be developed, including new formats. But one day to change completely, there is no reason.

You said in an interview that you are not a great friend of the quiz shows. It's a time of Shows knowledge on SRF during?
I have to fix you. The interview in question was concerned with the educational law of the public law – a concrete documentary about mathematician Georg Kantor from Halle. I said that you can expand knowledge in such a film better than in a quiz, in which you search it to the point. Both formats have their own authority. For example, I want to watch quizzes and, of course, in the future there will be such a play.

should SRF stay in the "crime" association with ARD and ORF?
Yes, absolutely. "The scene of the crime" is a wonderful format. And now we are limiting it from Lucerne to Zurich – I look forward to the future consequences.

This year we are still in the ESC. And in the future?
We fight for a good position every year, but it's not easy to reach the final. Once again we have a good chance this year. In short, the ESC remains an important, unifying format.

Schlager shows are very popular in the MDR. on SRF must be saved, it is even said: «Helloagain"Come last time.
Schlager is still an important topic. It connects people of all ages and layers. And I can assure you that "Hello Hello" will continue in 2020.

Together with Schlager, you had another quota holder in the MDR, George KachelmannFrom his return, the talk show "the river»Records of viewers. Do you think it's good that he returns to the screen?
Kaccheman does it very well with Kim Fisher. The program has a fan base and outside the MDR area, which I can understand.

Spurs in Germany earned

Nathalie Wappler, 51, grew up in Kreuzlingen and studied history, art history, political science and German studies in Constantz (D). She later worked on programs such as "Kulturzeit" (3sat), talk show ARD "Joachim Gauck", ZDF cultural magazine "Aspekte" and ZDF talk "Myrtle Illner". Since 2005, she was responsible for the SRF «Kulturplatz», was the head of the show «Sternstedde». In 2016 she moved to the Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk MDR, where she became a program director. Six weeks ago, she assumed her position as the director of the SRF. Wappler is married to German media scientist Wolfgang Hagen (69). She is a Swiss-German double.

He was impressive at the club Figure. He was later involved in a lawsuit. Will you bring it to Switzerland?
First, he is released, and he is authoritative in a constitutional state. I think Kachelmann is firmly rooted in Germany. For us it is currently not a problem to return to Switzerland.

on The postwar series "Peace", which is now recorded, sounds promising. are historical fictions of the future?
Historical fabrics are required. With the founding of the writer's room in Undertaker and in "Wilder", we gained so much experience that we can dare to make historical fabrics. I read all the scenarios of Peter Volpe. The series represents an impressive floor of tension. This includes humanitarian Switzerland, which has affected many refugees, and the other Switzerland, which also worked with war criminals.

Which was the most exciting TV experience in recent weeks, also outside SRF?
I watched the new episodes of "The Game of Thrones" – as well as episodes from the "Triangle of London" series of "Netflix" during Easter.

Do you also see garbage formats?
When I'm in the hotel, I'm about to see what other channels are doing. I want to know which transmitter is programmed in which position. It is above all professional interest. What is irritating me at all is inhuman formats. They should not expose people to their weaknesses.

You are extremely friendly to us in this conversation. How is it that, as a cult leader, you got the nickname "Fallbeil vom Leutschenbach"?
Men say they have strong aggression or are decisive. Women are quickly regarded as cold. I am surprised that colleagues still think so.

Her husband Wolfgang Hagen is a media professor at Luneburg. Do you actually have a long-term relationship?
No, he is with me a lot in Zurich. He does not have such a big job at university, he can better say where he wants to spend his time with me.

Then watch TV together?
Not only. We travel a lot, often with a bike. Therefore, we often refer to a time lag – even "Tagesschau" or "10 to 10". But then most often together.

And who has a remote control in your hand?
Most of it. But I decide when to switch.

The Spirit train to Spies

In the new Saturday evening program "Happen on …", SRF addresses events that moved the nation. The onset of the heavy train accident in Tun BE on the night of May 16-17, 2006, which killed three people. At 3.20, BLS's broken-down brakes collapsed in stationary construction coaches. Workers at the construction site could escape security. The three people on the train for the crash did not survive the impact. Within minutes, Spies signalists had to decide what to do with the spiritual train after the alarm. To prevent even worse, they allow the train to drive in a straight line to Tun and collide on a construction site.

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