Dr Markus Nievelstein

Managing Director ARTE Deutschland and ARTE Coordinator of the ARD

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Dr. Markus Nievelstein © Yoshi Toscani

Born 30 June 1961 in Mönchengladbach

Professional experience

ARTE Deutschland TV GmbH (Baden-Baden)

  • since December 2016: Managing Director and ARTE ARD Coordinator

ARTE G.E.I.E. (Strasbourg)

  • 2013-2016: Director of Knowledge Unit

WDR (Cologne)

  • 2001-2012: Head of information programmes for North Rhineland-Westphalia
  • 1997-2001: Assistant to the Director of WDR televised programmes, Jörn Klamroth
  • 1991-1997: Journalist/writer for the daily programmes “Aktuelle Stunde”, “WDR aktuell”, “Hier und Heute” broadcast by WDR and the ARD national channel


  • 1979-1988: Journalist-freelancer for various newspapers and magazines (“Rheinische Post”, “Der Journalist”) and radio and television for WDR and “Süddeutscher Rundfunk” (which became Südwestrundfunk SWR in 1998 after the merger with Südwestfunk) in parallel with his school and university studies
  • 1982-1985: Editor-in-Chief of a youth association publication (“direct”)


  • 1982-1991: History, political science and musicology studies in Bonn, Paris and Bochum, leading to a master’s and a PhD in history of economics.
    PhD dissertation on the German (and French) steel industry in Alsace-Lorraine between 1871 and 1918


  • Member of the Deutscher Fernsehpreis Committee (German Television Awards), since its creation in 1999


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2nd December 2016