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Corruption scandal rocks German public services company

Patricia Schlesinger, head of German regional public services company RBB, allowed herself to drive in a limousine worth the equivalent of 1.5 million Swedish kronor. German Business Insider has now revealed that she used the company’s luxury car privately and had her chauffeur do some errands for her. Patricia Schlesinger is also accused of using the company’s income (which thus comes from German radio and television fees) to lavishly renovate her office and pay for private dinners.

The accusations caused the resignation of Schlesinger, who has headed RBB since 2016. The public service company (which is headquartered in the states of Berlin and Brandenburg) is part of ARD, a network of regional radio and television stations in Germany. The companies take turns at the helm of ARD, and in January of this year Patricia Schlesinger took over. I’ve left this post now too.

The regional radio and television station in Berlin and Brandenburg is part of the ARD network which includes a number of German public service companies.

The regional radio and television station in Berlin and Brandenburg is part of the ARD network which includes a number of German public service companies.

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The scandal woke up Much interest in Germany has raised questions about the extent to which the country’s public service companies control how money from radio and television fees is used. Frederick Merz, who leads the CDU, warns in a corresponding article in the newspaper Baden’s latest news Because a scandal can have serious consequences for public service.

He wrote that the Schlesinger case could cost public service companies their right to exist and the public’s trust.

The leader of the opposition party wrote that an internal survey shows that 90 percent of the company’s employees sympathize with the green or red parties. It calls for greater transparency, better representation of differing opinions, and a greater focus on news reporting.

Plus Patricia Schlesinger She accused her husband and another manager at RBB of corruption. It is suspected that the manager contributed to Schlesinger’s husband getting a lucrative assignment at the Messe Berlin exhibition center. All three are under constant police investigation.

Patricia Schlesinger made a name for herself as a foreign correspondent and later as a presenter for the political magazine Panorama. She became president of RBB in 2016.

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