Dr Thomas Bellut

Vice President of the General Assembly ARTE GEIE


Born in Osnabrück on March 8th, 1955

Professional Background


  • since January 2016: Vice President of the General Assembly

ZDF (German public-service television broadcaster), Mainz

  • since March 2012: Director General
  • 2002-2012: Director of Programmes
  • 1997–2002: Head of editorial division ’Domestic Politics’, among others presenter of electoral and special broadcasts as well as of “ZDF Politbarometer” (a broadcast on political trends and public opinion polls), furthermore presenter of political talkshow ”Was nun…?”, together with editor-in-chief Klaus Bresser and later on with editor-in-chief Nikolaus Brender
  • 1992–1997: Head of editorial department ’Offene Reihen und Sondersendungen’ (later renamed to editorial department ’blickpunkt’), in charge of special broadcasts on domestic affairs, election reporting, the political talkshow “Was nun…?” and the weekly magazine “blickpunkt”
  • 1990-1992: Head of editorial for the magazine “Familienmagazin” and the travel magazine “Reiselust”, both created by himself
  • 1988–1990: Assistant to Director of Programmes
  • 1986–1988: Correspondent for ZDF’s domestic bureau in Berlin
  • 1985–1986: Editor for ’Länderspiegel’, a weekly magazine dedicated to regional news
  • 1984-1985: Training Programme for tv-journalists

Westfälische Nachrichten (German daily newspaper), Münster 

  • 1983-1984: Editor


  • 1975–1982: Studies in Political Sciences, History and Journalism at the University of Münster
  • Doctorate

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4 September 2018