A long way through the authorities

The radio feature authors Richard Goll and Alfred Treiber have received the "Axel Eggebrecht Prize" 2010

Laureates Alfred Treiber and Richard Goll (right)

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."

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top: Andreas Koch (left), Alfred Treiber (right)
bottom: Alfred Treiber, Andreas Koch, Peter Leonhard Braun, Richard Goll (left), Peter Leonhard Braun (right)
photos: Stefan Hopf (/www.werk07.de)

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.

Download press photograph: Richard Goll and Alfred Treiber (photograph: Stefan Hopf, 300 dpi)
Download press photograph: Alfred Treiber, Andreas Koch, Peter Leonhard Braun and Richard Goll (photograph: Stefan Hopf, 300 dpi)