Monday, August 30, 2021
Legendary sports presenter
Wolf-Dieter Poschmann died
The long-time sports presenter Wolf-Dieter Poschmann is dead. He died last Friday at the age of 70. The ZDF recognizes the multiple award-winning journalist as the “memorable voice” of sport.
His voice was familiar to TV viewers interested in sports for many years, and the former athlete was voted TV journalist of the year several times: Wolf-Dieter Poschmann, long-time director and later chief reporter of ZDF’s main sports department, was in on last Friday at the age of 70 Mainz died after a short, serious illness.
ZDF editor-in-chief Peter Frey said: “Wolf-Dieter Poschmann conveyed many great sporting moments to ZDF viewers clearly, competently and with a lot of passion for the athletes’ performance. For over 30 years he was one of the defining faces and one of the memorable voices of many sporting programs in the second. “
The multi-award-winning sports journalist and specialist reporter in athletics started working for ZDF in 1986, initially as an intern, then as a freelancer in the main sports department. In 1993 he became a permanent editor in the main sports department, and two years later he was promoted to head of the department. After ten years as head of sports, in 2005 he moved to the position of chief reporter in the main sports department. After the 2016 Summer Olympics, the former middle-distance runner, who was born in Cologne on May 22, 1951, retired. Most recently, he moderated the Istaf Indoor, among other things.
14 Olympic Games
“I am glad that I am no longer on the road every weekend or even for several weeks as I used to at major international events,” said Poschmann in May of this year on the occasion of his 70th birthday. “Now I enjoy life with my wife, who used to have to do without a lot, without any time constraints.”
Poschmann also became known and appreciated because of his interviews, in which he quickly found access to the athletes. From 1994 to 2011 he moderated the “current sport studio” on ZDF. As a moderator and commentator, he was also regularly used at major sporting events: at soccer world and European championships as well as athletics world and European championships.
From 1988 to 2016 he also reported on eight Summer Olympics and six Winter Olympics and commented five times on the opening and twice on the closing ceremony. The recent Summer Games in Tokyo were the first in more than 30 years that he saw as a spectator.