Prof. Markus Schächter

Chairman of the General Assembly ARTE GEIE

President of the General Assembly

Born in Hauenstein in Palatinate, Germany on October 31st, 1946

Professional Background

European Broadcasting Union (EBU Geneva)

  • since 2014: Member of the "Wise Man" Committee 


  • 2011-2015: President of the General Assembly
  • 2000-2015: Vice President, then Member of the General Assembly

ARTE Deutschland

  • 2003-2015: Vice President of the General Assembly of ARTE Deutschland

ZDF (Mainz)

  • 2002-2012: President
  • 1998-2002: Programme Director
  • 1993-1998: Director of Programming
  • 1992-1993: Head of the Program Planning unit
  • 1986-1992: Head of the "Childhood and Youth” unit
  • 1984-1986: Head of the "Culture and Society” unit
  • 1982-1984: Assistant Program Director
  • 1981-1982: Cable and satellite Planning Officer

Ministry of Education for Rhineland-Palatinate (Mainz)

  • 1977-1981: Director of Communications

SWF (public television, Mainz)

  • 1976-1977: Responsible for cultural programming

SWF (public radio and television), ZDF in Mainz and DPA in Paris

  • 1973-1976: Journalist
Other Activities
  • 2012: Teacher at the Munich School of Philosophy in media ethics
  • since 2004: Teacher at the Hamburg School of Music and Drama
Education and Training
  • 1969-1974: History, political sciences, journalism and religious studies in Munich, Lyon, Paris and Mainz



2nd December 2014