Former ZDF sports director Dieter Gruschwitz has died

Updated on 03/28/2022 at 12:45 p.m

  • Dieter Gruschwitz is dead.
  • As head of sports at ZDF, the former judoka planned and shaped the broadcasts of major sporting events for many years.
  • Among others, Gruschwitz hired Jürgen Klopp as an expert.

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Former ZDF sports director Dieter Gruschwitz is dead. According to the public broadcaster, the journalist died on Sunday near Bad Tölz at the age of 68. “Dieter Gruschwitz has managed ZDF’s sports reporting for many years with sovereignty and composure,” said ZDF editor-in-chief Peter Frey in a statement on Monday. “Inside and outside the house, he stood for reliability and fairness in a period of upheaval in which the sports rights market and the perception of sport have changed rapidly,” Frey said.

Dieter Gruschwitz was active as a judoka

Gruschwitz came to Sender Freies Berlin in 1979 after studying journalism, Slavic studies and English in Mainz. In 1996 he switched to ZDF. From 2005 to 2017 he was ZDF sports director. The former judoka was also the station’s team manager at several football world and European championships as well as at the Winter and Summer Olympics.

Gruschwitz has received several awards for his work. Among other things, he received the German Television Award in 2006 for the best coverage of the World Cup in Germany. At the 2006 World Cup, he hired Swiss referee Urs Meier and coach Jürgen Klopp, an expert duo that delighted TV viewers. He also received the German TV Award for broadcasting the 2009 World Championships in Athletics in Berlin. (dpa/hau)

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