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Dieter Stolte was a well-known German journalist and broadcasting director who was born in Cologne on September 18, 1934. He had a lasting impression on the country’s media environment.
Early Life and Career
Stolte was raised in several places, including Berlin, Saarbrücken, Gößnitz, and Meerane. After graduating from the Gauß-Gymnasium in Worms in 1955, he pursued his academic studies in philosophy, history, and German studies in Tübingen and Mainz.
Dieter Stolte began his media career as a self-employed radio journalist. In 1961, he started working as the head of the scientific department of Saarland Radio. A turning point in his career came in 1962 when he was appointed director of the newly formed Second German Television (ZDF), Karl Holzamer’s assistant.
He began an outstanding fifteen-year career at ZDF, where Stolte held several positions including director of programming, head of program planning, and eventually director of the station. He left the station on March 15, 1982, and stayed there until March 14, 2002.
During his time there, Stolte was important in helping ZDF become an autonomous program organization by moving it from Wiesbaden to Mainz-Lerchenberg in 1984. On January 1, 1978, the Today-Journal, a notable news show, was founded under his direction. Additionally, Stolte was involved in the establishment of 3sat, a cultural channel that was established in 1984 in cooperation with the Swiss SRG SSR and the Austrian ORF.
In 1980, Stolte left his position as a broadcaster to take a professorship in media theory and practice at the Hamburg University of Music and Theater. In April 2006, he was elected chairman of the museum association of the German Historical Museum in Berlin, after having served on the supervisory board of Loremo AG.
In addition to serving on the board of the Axel Springer Foundation, Stolte also chaired the editorial board of Radio B2, a private broadcaster, beginning in March 2010. From August 2011 until June 2014, he also served as chairman of Ströer Out-of-Home Media AG’s supervisory board.
Among his cultural and social activities were donations to German Cancer Aid and membership on the board of trustees of the German Foundation for Monument Protection.
How much is Dieter Stolte Worth?
Dieter Stolte had an estimated net worth of about $5 million at the time of his death.
As an innovator and a programmer, Dieter Stolte was well-known for his integrity. He made sure the new program-accompanying medium was established smoothly by skillfully navigating the debut of videotext/teletext in the mid-1970s. ARTE was founded in 1992 thanks in part to Stolte’s achievements, which also include the founding of 3sat.