At ORF, one is not really squeamish when it comes to criticism of private channels such as oe24: For example, “Willkommen Österreich” is allowed to mock the channel boss for minutes, and even the smallest slip of the tongue is cannibalized by the moderators of private TV channels .
Now – shortly after the embarrassing ORF-Licht-ins-Dunkel-Corona party – another monstrous incident happened to the ORF itself: The executive floor of the expensive fee broadcaster allowed the visibly heavily drunk news presenter Roman Rafreider to go live on Tuesday evening. Rafreider was doing so badly that at the end of the program he even had to support himself at the news desk – and none of the highly paid station managers intervened.
There is apparently already total chaos on state television: the left-leaning ORF general director Alexander Wrabetz only has 14 days until his departure, his successor Roland Weißmann has not yet been able to take over the leadership.
In this intermediate stage, almost anything is apparently possible: Moderators paid with the fee money from the Austrians go on the air drunk – and the Rafreiders colleague, Armin Wolf, is allowed to dissolve the new education minister Martin Polaschek (ÖVP) because of his long hair. “What does all of this have to do with serious journalism?” Asked an eXXpress reader.
Armin Wolf may have had little time to prepare for more interesting and important questions on the educational topic: He has been litigating the eXXpress in the past few weeks – and has now finally lost the media suit.