Rarely are salaries at German public TV ever discussed in public. It's not something that the two main networks or the sub-networks want to be part of any discussion.
Focus came up today and published a story on this.
Oddly, they didn't get it via the normal means. This story started out in a Christian news type publication....Chrismon. Chrismon pulls this from an internal public media document, which wasn't widely publicized....for whatever reason one can imagine.
WDR director Tom Buhrow: 399,000 Euro
BR-director Ulrich Wilhelm: 367,000 Euro
NDR director Lutz Marble: 348,000 Euro
SWR Director Peter Boudgoust: 338,000 Euro
HR Director-General Manfred Krupp: 275,000 Euro
MDR director Karola Wille: 275,000 Euro
RBB Director Patricia Schlesinger: 257,000 Euro
Radio-Bremen director-in-chief Jan Metzger: 257,000 Euro
SR-Director Thomas Kleist: 237,000 Euro
Shocking amount? No. I would not classify as such. Some of the chiefs probably are surprised at the level they are paid compared to an associate under NDR or SWR.....like the HR chief looking at a substantial difference in pay compared to his associate in WDR or BR.
Oddly though....this mention covers everyone outside of the ZDF or ARD empire....just NOT ARD or ZDF themselves. A separate page or document for the big chiefs? Maybe.
To the question why a Christian news media site published this? That also is an odd part to the story. You would think that they wouldn't really deal with stories like this.