Dr. Katja Wildermuth
Director of Bayerischer Rundfunk
Dr. Katja Wildermuth studied German, history and social studies at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich. After her state examination, she worked as a lecturer in ancient history at the LMU Institute and wrote her doctoral thesis on the Roman Republic. From her university career, Katja Wildermuth switched to journalism at Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk (MDR) in 1994, where she first worked as a TV writer for political magazines on MDR and Ersten, and later as an editor for reports on current affairs. In 2004, Wildermuth became head of MDR’s History and Society editorial department. There she was responsible, among other things, for major cross-media projects such as “History of Central Germany,” the multimedia app “MDR Zeitreise,” the successful innovative history format “Breaking News Völkerschlacht” and knowledge transfer for young users. Under her editorial responsibility, internationally acclaimed and award-winning documentaries such as “Neo Rauch,” “Mauerhasen,” “Hitler’s Children,” “Night Will Fall” and “Putins Spiele” were produced. In 2016, Katja Wildermuth was appointed Head of Culture at Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR). In her role as head of programming, Wildermuth was responsible for approximately 40 TV formats for NDR, Das Erste and ARTE. From April 2019 to January 2021, Katja Wildermuth was responsible for the cross-media thematic areas of culture, knowledge/education and young offerings, from ARTE to FUNK, from religious formats to nature films and MDR’s orchestras, as program director of Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk in Halle. Since February 2021, she has been the Director-General of Bayerischer Rundfunk.