It is unbelievable what is currently going on at the public broadcasters. Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (RBB) in particular is once again affected by a scandal, as reported by Welt am Sonntag. It concerns pensions for retired employees.
RBB: Special and retirement pensions cause further scandal
The scandal about nepotism given at Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (RBB) continues to spread. After the scandal already brought the head of Messe Berlin to his knees, it is only now getting really bad.
As the Welt am Sonntag reports, former directors and other retired executives of the broadcaster, which belongs to ARD, will receive special rights. And even for life. And not only these, but also their family members benefit from the remuneration in the form of special and retirement benefits. All at the expense of the contributors, of course.
As an example, the newspaper cites a former television director who retired at the age of 58 and worked for RBB for only five years. Until the end of his life, he will receive (currently) 7,000 euros per month in retirement pay. In addition to his pension and other potential benefits, of course.
Further examples only make one even more stunned. There is even talk of a former program director who left RBB at the age of 52 and has now taken on a professorship in television journalism. So far, according to information, she has received around 500,000 euros in retirement pay from RBB – in addition to her new income.
Even family members are said to benefit. The widow of an ex-director who died 34 years ago had collected around 9,500 euros a month from the broadcaster in 2021. Even Christoph Reinhardt, chairman of the representation of freelance employees of the RBB, sees in the pension payments a “misappropriation of public funds”.
And the chances are not bad that this continues to mark only the tip of the iceberg. According to Welt am Sonntag, a labor lawyer considers the contracts and pension payments to be immoral. Either way, the trust of the contributors should be gone.