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Margot Overath
Paul Kohl
Friedrich Schütze-Quest
Alfred Treiber
Richard Goll
Helmut Kopetzky
Alfred Koch

Margot Overath

Born in 1947 in Krefeld, Germany, Margot Overath studied Social Sciences after having completed an apprenticeship as a bank teller and another in business management. In 1982 she started working as a freelancer for several divisions at the German public broadcaster ARD, and was hired as a permanent employee by Radio Bremen in 1982. She has worked as a radio feature author since 1984, and worked in parallel as a research assistant at the Hamburg Institute of Social Research from 1985 until 1988. Between 1996 and 1999 Overath had a second job teaching aspiring journalists at the Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg. Her journalistic work has included in-depth analysis of the RAF (Red Army Faction) terrorism in Germany, which culminated in features such as the one about the RAF deserter Peter-Jürgen Boock (WDR West German Public Broadcasting, RBB Berlin Public Broadcasting 1985) or a biographical work about Gudrun Ensslin (RBB Berlin Brandenburg Public Broadcasting, WDR West German Public Broadcasting, NDR North German Public Broadcasting 2005) and contemporary as well as historical analyses such as “Ausweglos. Selbstmorde in Wendezeiten” (“No way out. Suicides in times of change”) (RBB Berlin Public Broadcasting, SFB Free Berlin Public Broadcasting, DLF German public radio station 1992); “Es ist schwer, damit zu leben. Vom Trauma namens Auschwitz” (“It is hard to live with it. About the trauma named Auschwitz”) (RBB Berlin Public Broadcasting 1994) and “Todesmarsch. Die Evakuierung der Konzentrationslager von Januar bis Mai 1945″ (“Death March. The evacuation of the concentration camps from January until May 1945″) (DRadio-Berlin, RBB Berlin Public Broadcasting 1995). Margot Overath has been honoured on various occasions for her features on the asylum seeker Oury Jalloh from Sierra Leone, who died while in police custody in Dessau, Germany in 2005. Margot Overath was the only journalist who covered the legal investigation of the fatality through all levels of German jurisdiction, and she questioned the results of investigations by police and the public prosecution department in two features (“Verbrannt in Polizeizelle Nummer fünf. Der Tod des Asylbewerbers Oury Jalloh in Dessau” (“Burned to death in police cell number five. The death of the asylum seeker Oury Jalloh in Dessau”), MDR Central German Public Broadcasting, DLF German public radio station, NDR North German Public Broadcasting 2010 and “Oury Jalloh. Die widersprüchlichen Wahrheiten eines Todesfalls” (“Oury Jalloh. The contradictory truths of a case of death”), MDR Central German Public Broadcasting, WDR West German Public Broadcasting, NDR North German Public Broadcasting 2014). Her investigations are part of the reason why police have begun a murder investigation against persons unknown.

Paul Kohl

Paul Kohl, born 1937 in Cologne, studied Theatre Sciences and German in Cologne and Vienna from 1960 to 1964. Between 1965 and 1970 he worked as an author and interpreter for various broadcasters in Brussels. Since 1970, Paul Kohl lives in Berlin and works as a radio author. His great narrating talent and the wide range of subjects is what makes Paul Kohl’s radio work unique. Since the mid 1980s he has been dealing with historical subjects (“Steh auf, es ist Krieg.” Vom Überfall auf die Sowjetunion/Stand up, we’re at war. About the German invasion of the Soviet Union, 1986); biographies (Der Fall Herbert Häber. Vom Politbüro in die Psychiatrie/The Herbert Häber case. From Politburo to psychiatry, 1999); contemporary history (Wer ermordete Alfred Herrhausen/Who killed Alfred Herrhausen, 1997; Ground Zero New York, 2002) but he is also interested in ecological topics (Strom vom eigenen Dach: Sonnenenergie/Electricity from your own roof: solar energy, 1994) and general cultural phenomena (Volles Rohr: Kampfbahn Autobahn/Full throttle: racing arena Autobahn, 1992). Paul Kohl does not give to much priority to himself or the results of his intense research, which he rather uses as the basis of his insistent questions. He unexcitedly renders statements and arguments into a precise language, carefully opposes them to counterarguments and arranges the outcome in a brilliant dramatic composition. The author never hides his own view on the subject. However, this careful arrangement of different elements still gives enough space for the listener to form his own opinion. Paul Kohl does not want to propagate the one and only right “truth”, he rather tries to enlighten his audience with the help of information. Paul Kohl is also author of numerous books. Among others, his publications include “Fulda Gap. Die Militarisierung Deutschlands” (“Fulda Gap. The militarisation of Germany”),1984; “Schöne Grüße aus Minsk” (“Greetings from Minsk”), 2011 or “Nacht über Köln” (“Night over Cologne”), 2011.

Friedrich Schütze-Quest

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Alfred Treiber

On Thursday evening, the Austrian authors Richard Goll (65) and Alfred Treiber (66) received the 10,000 Euro “Axel Eggebrecht Prize” of the Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig. The two radio pioneers received the award from Andreas Koch, board member of the Sparkasse Leipzig. Koch cited Axel Eggebrecht, who once said, that the nature of the radio feature is justified by the ability of the author to know and to love his topic: “Today we are honouring two great representatives of this genre, for Richard Goll and Alfred Treiber are living and converting perfectly the high requirement of Eggebrecht within their work”, said Koch. The laudatory speech was held by another representative of the feature genre, Peter Leonhard Braun, who is closely familiar with the work of Goll and Treiber since the 1970s. “Their fearlessness, this having-no-fear of humans or authorities, the cold and hard eye for the effectiveness of a programme and the devotion to a cause, these are the things I admire most”, said Braun. “You hardly ever find this combination. Even by international comparison, this is unprecedented.” Braun also thanked the commitment of the Media Foundation: “To honour radio pioneers such as Richard Goll and Alfred Treiber, who wrote European radio history, suits Leipzig well.” The laureates described their efforts for the radio feature as a long way through the authorities of the ORF, which has been marked by tough fights. They also benefited from the experiences and support of the colleagues in the Federal Republic of Germany: “Without the German development aid, many things would have happened in a slightly different way”, said Treiber: “It is therefore something extraordinary for us to be honoured with a prize named after Axel Eggebrecht.” The “Axel Eggebrecht Prize” is awarded since 2008 alternating with the “Günter Eich Prize”, which honours the life work of radio play authors. In addition to Braun, the award jury consisted of Helmut Kopetzky (winner of the 2008 “Axel Eggebrecht Prize”), Dr. Peter Klein (Vienna, head of literature, radio play and feature department of Austrian Broadcasting ORF), Heinz Klunker (Berlin, head of radio feature of Deutschlandfunk radio from 1977 to 1997) and Linde Rotta (Leipzig, freelance author, initiator of the Leipzig Schreibwerkstatt Radio). The jury had to deal with an exceptionally wide range of competitors. ARD (First German Television), ORF and the Association of German Writers proposed the complete works of eleven candidates. Due to the significant applications, the jury would have been able to award this life work award to five candidates. But it unanimously decided to hand over the prize to Richard Goll and Alfred Treiber for their historical achievement in the field of broadcasting. The work of Richard Goll and Alfred Treiber consists of more than 100 radio features. Both won several national and international awards, founded the radio feature department of ORF and presently began to recruit and train potential comrade-in-arms anywhere in Austria. After 30 years of programme work, the radio feature now belongs to the flagships of the cultural channel Österreich 1 (Austria 1). The “Axel Eggebrecht Prize” is awarded in cooperation with MDR Figaro. The culture radio of the MDR (Central German Broadcasting) broadcasts a recording of the award ceremony at the Leipzig Media Campus at 11.05 a.m. on Sunday, 31 January.

Richard Goll

On Thursday evening, the Austrian authors Richard Goll (65) and Alfred Treiber (66) received the 10,000 Euro “Axel Eggebrecht Prize” of the Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig. The two radio pioneers received the award from Andreas Koch, board member of the Sparkasse Leipzig. Koch cited Axel Eggebrecht, who once said, that the nature of the radio feature is justified by the ability of the author to know and to love his topic: “Today we are honouring two great representatives of this genre, for Richard Goll and Alfred Treiber are living and converting perfectly the high requirement of Eggebrecht within their work”, said Koch. The laudatory speech was held by another representative of the feature genre, Peter Leonhard Braun, who is closely familiar with the work of Goll and Treiber since the 1970s. “Their fearlessness, this having-no-fear of humans or authorities, the cold and hard eye for the effectiveness of a programme and the devotion to a cause, these are the things I admire most”, said Braun. “You hardly ever find this combination. Even by international comparison, this is unprecedented.” Braun also thanked the commitment of the Media Foundation: “To honour radio pioneers such as Richard Goll and Alfred Treiber, who wrote European radio history, suits Leipzig well.” The laureates described their efforts for the radio feature as a long way through the authorities of the ORF, which has been marked by tough fights. They also benefited from the experiences and support of the colleagues in the Federal Republic of Germany: “Without the German development aid, many things would have happened in a slightly different way”, said Treiber: “It is therefore something extraordinary for us to be honoured with a prize named after Axel Eggebrecht.” The “Axel Eggebrecht Prize” is awarded since 2008 alternating with the “Günter Eich Prize”, which honours the life work of radio play authors. In addition to Braun, the award jury consisted of Helmut Kopetzky (winner of the 2008 “Axel Eggebrecht Prize”), Dr. Peter Klein (Vienna, head of literature, radio play and feature department of Austrian Broadcasting ORF), Heinz Klunker (Berlin, head of radio feature of Deutschlandfunk radio from 1977 to 1997) and Linde Rotta (Leipzig, freelance author, initiator of the Leipzig Schreibwerkstatt Radio). The jury had to deal with an exceptionally wide range of competitors. ARD (First German Television), ORF and the Association of German Writers proposed the complete works of eleven candidates. Due to the significant applications, the jury would have been able to award this life work award to five candidates. But it unanimously decided to hand over the prize to Richard Goll and Alfred Treiber for their historical achievement in the field of broadcasting. The work of Richard Goll and Alfred Treiber consists of more than 100 radio features. Both won several national and international awards, founded the radio feature department of ORF and presently began to recruit and train potential comrade-in-arms anywhere in Austria. After 30 years of programme work, the radio feature now belongs to the flagships of the cultural channel Österreich 1 (Austria 1). The “Axel Eggebrecht Prize” is awarded in cooperation with MDR Figaro. The culture radio of the MDR (Central German Broadcasting) broadcasts a recording of the award ceremony at the Leipzig Media Campus at 11.05 a.m. on Sunday, 31 January.

Helmut Kopetzky

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Alfred Koch

Alfred Koch was born in 1957 in Graz. After moving to Vienna in 1976, Koch began his radio career at the age of 19, first working on OE3's youth programme Musicbox. At the same time he studied philosophy, history and logistics in Vienna - an academic background that helped him become "the man who helps us understand Wittgenstein" on the cultural radio station OE1 in the 1980s. In the late 1980s Koch became a presenter and author of the series Diagonal - Radio für Zeitgenossen (Diagonal - Radio for contemporaries) on OE1 and in 1995 he was made a member of ORF's radio feature editorial department. Koch is the producer of the series Tonspuren - Hörbilder zur Literatur (Soundtracks - aural pictures on literature).

Thanks to his work as editor and author of this series, he helped the literature feature attract international attention - his feature on Raymond Carver became the ORF's most successful feature, with numerous adaptations in other countries. Alfred Koch has always shared his experience as a feature author in workshops for young journalists; he has assisted several radio festivals by working as a jury chairman. Alfred Koch has been honoured for many of his individual works, earning both national and international awards.