Update Berlin Axel Springer has released “Bild” editor-in-chief Julian Reichelt from his duties. A few hours later, “Der Spiegel” published the previously prohibited research by an investigative team. What the tabloid man is accused of.
The media group Axel Springer has released “Bild” editor-in-chief Julian Reichelt from his duties with immediate effect. The company announced this on Monday in Berlin. The 37-year-old Boie is currently editor-in-chief of the Springer newspaper “Welt am Sonntag”.
Springer justified the end of the collaboration with Reichelt at the head of Germany’s largest tabloid as follows: “As a result of press research, the company had gained new insights into the current behavior of Julian Reichelt in the last few days. The company investigated this information. The management board learned that Julian Reichelt did not clearly separate personal and professional matters even after completing the compliance procedure in spring 2021 and told the management board the untruth. “
Springer initiated the internal procedure in the spring. The media had reported allegations of abuse of power and exploitation of relationships of dependency. The group then examined allegations in an internal procedure and came to the conclusion that Reichelt should keep his post. After a temporary leave of absence, Reichelt initially returned to Germany’s largest tabloid.
The “New York Times” published a long report on the Axel Springer media group over the weekend, also with a view to the plans to take over the US media group Politico. The article also dealt with “Bild” editor-in-chief Reichelt and the allegations against him that became public for the first time in the spring.
The newspaper also referred to previously unpublished months of research by an investigative team of the Ippen media group, which was planned for Sunday, but was prevented by the publisher. The investigative team protested. A publisher’s spokesman explained that as a media group in direct competition with “Bild”, the company had to “pay very close attention to the fact that the impression that we wanted to harm a competitor economically does not arise”. There was no influence from Springer.
On Monday evening published “the mirror” now that withheld research. The focus is on the way the former “Bild” editor-in-chief Julian Reichelt deals with women who report to him. It says in it Reichelt approached young women in his editorial team “often following the same pattern”. He praised them for their work, entrusted them with responsible tasks or placed them in positions for which they were not suitable.
However, this advantage was often associated with a sexual relationship with women. According to the research, one of the women suffered so much from the pressure of a position assigned to her and the comments in the college that she only got the job because of her relationship with the boss that she went into psychiatric treatment.
In addition, the “Spiegel” quoted a message from CEO Mathias Döpfner to the writer Benjamin von Stuckrad-Barre. On the day of the news, Reichelt wrote a comment in which he described the corona measures as evidence of an arbitrary state. Döpfner then wrote that Reichelt was “really the last and only journalist in Germany who still courageously revolted against the new GDR governmental state”. Most of the other journalists have become propaganda assistants.
Döpfner said on Monday: “Julian Reichelt developed” Bild “in an excellent journalistic way and made the brand future-proof with BILD LIVE. We would have liked to continue the path of cultural renewal we have taken with the editorial team and the publishing house at BILD together with Julian Reichelt. This is no longer possible. “