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Frank Plasberg, a renowned journalist and former television presenter recognized for his noteworthy contributions to the media landscape, was born in Remscheid, Germany, on May 18, 1957. This article examines Plasberg’s life, early encounters, and lengthy career in television and journalism.
Early Life and Education
Though born in Remscheid, Frank Plasberg spent his childhood in the Tente neighborhood of Wermelskirchen and considered it his birthplace. Early in life, he was formed by the influence of his parents, Günter Plasberg and Gudrun Maus. His mother was a pediatric nurse, while his father worked in commerce. Wermelskirchen is where the lone kid Plasberg began his career as a journalist. Later on, he relocated to Cologne, where he is still at present.
Plasberg shown his love of journalism even in his school days when he worked as a freelancer for the Rheinische Post. He started an apprenticeship at the Schwäbische Zeitung in Leutkirch im Allgäu in 1975 after graduating from high school. He worked as a police reporter and editor for the Münchner Abendzeitung after completing his basic military duty at the Federal Ministry of Defense in Bonn.
Plasberg continued his study after finding his early journalism career to be taxing, enrolling in Cologne’s Theater Studies, Politics, and Pedagogy programs in 1980. During the course of his 17 semesters of education, he began his radio career on SWF3.
Plasberg co-hosted the WDR program Aktuelle Stunde with Christine Westermann from 1987 until 2002. In 1993, he was appointed editorial director of the program. Plasberg came under fire in 1988 during the Gladbeck hostage crisis for speaking with the hostage-takers; the German Press Council subsequently denounced this choice. Plasberg admitted his error in judgment after giving this 2003 event some thought.
The most important thing Plasberg did for television was moderate the political conversation show “hart aber fair” from 2001 until 2022. Erste and WDR television both carried the program. Along with producer Jürgen Schulte, he co-founded Ansager & Schnipselmann GmbH & Co KG in 2005, pursuing many projects including “hart aber fair”.
Throughout his career, Plasberg also moderated quiz shows, election coverage, and talk shows. Notable moments include co-moderating the state elections for North Rhine-Westphalia and the 2009 federal election television duel.
Who is Frank Plasberg’s Wife?
Anne Gesthuysen is the wife of Frank Plasberg. The couple got married in August 2012 and have a son who was born in January 2011. Anne Gesthuysen was previously married to WDR presenter Angela Maas.