In the mighty ORF headquarters on the Küniglberg, one person should always be looking forward to the Christmas season in particular: Pius Strobl (66), Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, ORF Humanitarian Broadcasting Manager, Light-ins-Dark manager and newsroom inventor and broadcast security chief. And despite his commitment to the fee-financed ORF, which is appreciated by many, the ex-Green still has time for a part-time job: According to an entry at the Austrian Chamber of Commerce, “Pius Hans Viktor Strobl is the commercial manager of the Forum Spittelberg cultural association” – this association organizes the well-known Spittelberg Christmas market in Vienna.
In doing so – and also during his work in the ORF headquarters – Strobl should not only have made friends: The media is now criticizing that this cultural association apparently collects a lot of money in just 40 days, but nobody knows where these sums go flow. This is how a stallholder calculates: For each of the 125 stands at the Christmas market, 3,500 to 4,000 euros in rent are due, which means that the association has around 450,000 euros in income. In 40 days.
ORF top manager Pius Strobl has already stated that the cultural association would also have to deliver “50,000 euros in market fees” to the city of Vienna. “There is also a garbage fee, 20% VAT, cleaning and three folders to be paid,” says Pius Strobl in an interview with eXXpress.
“And even if ‘only’ 100,000 euros were left over for the cultural association manager: For 40 days this income would not be bad, a daily rate of 2500 is not bad,” said a stallholder who wanted to remain anonymous.
“Not true,” counters Strobl: Reserves would be formed with the income. He himself “is left with nothing”, emphasizes Strobl – everyone can read that in their income tax assessment. The ORF manager believes that the entire market operation is non-profit. According to him, none of the 450,000 euros in income in just 40 days will remain with the two club bosses.
The head of the ORF department, who has been entitled to a pension for four years, has certainly made some enemies with his doer image. The “Nespresso war” with the ORF newsroom is well remembered: He e-mailed an order to everyone that “coffee machines should not be set up outside of tea kitchens in the multimedia newsroom” and thus provoked a war with the news team . The ORF security chief then controlled the dismantling of “all coffee machines without an ORF inventory number”.