ORF presenter legend Sepp Forcher has died

Shortly after 91st birthday

Mourning for Sepp Forcher: The presenter of the folk music show “Klingendes Österreich” died shortly after his 91st birthday. He had only withdrawn from TV last year.

Josef “Sepp” Forcher is dead. The ORF announced this on its homepage. Through the station he became known as the moderator of “Klingendes Österreich”. In spring 2020 he ended his TV career after 34 years and over 200 issues of the series. Forcher turned 91 on December 17th. Now he died shortly after his birthday.

“With Sepp Forcher a TV legend says goodbye”

Sepp Forcher was born as Giuseppe Forcher in Rome in 1930 and grew up in South Tyrol. In 1940 he moved with his family to Salzburg, where the Forchers managed a hut. He became a mountaineer and mineral seeker, eventually he came to the radio and moderated the programs “Ins Land einischaun” and “Mit’m Sepp into the weekend” for ORF, among other things. In 1986 the jump to television followed and with “Klingendes Österreich” the big breakthrough for Forcher.

Austria’s Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen also expressed his mourning for Forcher. On his official Twitter account he wrote: “With Sepp Forcher, a TV legend is saying goodbye. He unpretentiously introduced the viewers to the most diverse facets of Austria and South Tyrol. He talked about the people, described the beauties of the landscapes and presented cultural subtleties . ” He ended his post by saying, “My condolences go to his family.”