Bellut, Thomas - from Germany

ID: 11897
Organization: ATB
Country of meeting: in the year 2016

He has been Director of ZDF since 15 March 2012. He studied political science, history and journalism in Münster from 1975 to 1982 and completed his studies with a doctorate. After completing his studies, Thomas Bellut worked as a journalist and from 1983 to 1984 was an editor at "Westfälische Nachrichten" in Münster. In 1984 he completed his traineeship at ZDF. He then worked from 1985 to 1986 as an editor in the "Länderspiegel". In 1986 he moved to the ZDF-Landesstudio Berlin as a correspondent for two years. From 1988 to 1990 Thomas Bellut worked as a consultant to programme director Oswald Ring. In 1990, he became editor-in-chief of the programmes "Familienmagazin" and "Reiselust", which he had newly set up and founded.

From 1992 to 1994, Thomas Bellut headed the editorial department "Offene Reihen und Sondersendungen". In the 1994 election campaign, he and Peter Frey hosted the "night duels", in which two politicians from the government and opposition discussed with each other. From 1994 to 1997 Thomas Bellut served as head of the editorial department "blickpunkt" in the main editorial department "Innenpolitik" and was responsible for special programmes on domestic politics, election programmes, party congress reporting and "Was nun, ...? From 1997 to 2002, he headed the ZDF's main editorial office for domestic politics and moderated election and "ZDFspezial" programmes as well as the "Politbarometer". And together with Klaus Bresser and later Nikolaus Brender, he also moderated the ZDF discussion show "Was nun, ...? From 2002 to 2012 Thomas Bellut worked as programme director of ZDF.

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