Capital: € 3 million
Age: 63
Born: May 18, 1957
Country of origin: Germany
Source of wealth: Moderator and journalist
Last updated: 2023

Short introduction

Frank Plasberg is a German journalist and television presenter who is well known to many from television.

Early life

The moderator Frank Plasberg was born in the Tente district of Wermelskirchen, where he also spent his childhood and later gained his first journalistic experiences during his youth and school years.


Since he discovered his interest in writing as a schoolboy, he wrote a short time later for a variety of newspapers and magazines such as the Rheinische Post, which was also published in Wermelskirchen as the Bergische Morgenpost. In 1975 he was able to complete his traineeship with this newspaper in Leutkirch in the Allgäu after graduating from high school. For a short time he worked as a police reporter and as an editor for the Munich evening newspaper. Later on in the show Zimmer frei !, he said that he found this work exhausting and others who, at that time, were also studying, envied their free time. From 1980 he began studying theater, politics and pedagogy in the city of Cologne, which he quit after 17 semesters. The first radio broadcast that went on the air began at SWF3.

In collaboration with Christine Westermann, Frank Plasberg led the WDR show Current Hour from 1987 to 2002. From 1993 he was also the editor-in-chief there. Frank Plasberg became well known when he moderated in 1988 during the Gladbeck hostage-taking and conducted interviews with the hostage-takers. For this interview he was later criticized by the German press council. Later Frank Plasberg said that he hadn’t done anything wrong with the interviews.

Career highlights

Frank Plasberg’s actual career began in 2000. From 2001, he was able to moderate the political talk show Hart but Fair on WDR television. From 2007 this program was broadcast on the first German television. In 2005 Plasberg founded the company Ansager und Schnipselmann GmbH & Co KG with the producer Jürgen Schulte, which produced and produced the program Hart but Fair and other formats at its location in Düsseldorf. Another format that Frank Plasberg was allowed to host is the quiz show The smartest children in the north by the Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR). The well-known journalist moderated these from 2008. Plasberg also moderated the program 20xx – Das Quiz im Ersten from 2008. In 2012, he had the opportunity to act as a member of the jury on the quiz show The cleverest German in the first. In addition, Plasberg, together with Jörg Schönenborn, was responsible for moderating the state elections 2005, 2010, 2012 and 2017 for North Rhine-Westphalia in the first place. He was also assigned the moderation of the television duel 2009 of the 2009 federal election, for which he stood in front of the camera alongside Maybrit Illner, Peter Kloeppel and Peter Limbourg.

From 2016 to 2017 Frank Plasberg and his wife appeared in the evening quiz Paarduell, this program was broadcast for a few months on Mondays to Fridays by Erste Deutsche Fernsehen and moderated by Jörg Pilawa himself. This broadcast also came from his production company Ansager and Schnipselmann GmbH. Frank Plasberg received many awards for his outstanding journalistic achievements. In 2005, these included the Adolf Grimme Prize for the Hart but Fair program, the Ernst Schneider Prize and the Hanns Joachim Friedrichs Prize in 2005, and Frank Plasberg became Journalist of the Year in 2005 together with Alice Schwarzer in the “Politics” area and was awarded the Bavarian TV Prize in 2006 for the moderation of Hart aber Fair. Other awards include Journalist of the Year in the field of “Politics” in 2006, Bambi in the category “Moderation” in 2008 and honoring al Sprachwahrer des Jahres 2012 of the German Language World.

Famous quotes

  • “To say it basically: It is not the job of journalists to keep parties down. That’s the job of political competition, please. ”

Amazing facts

After graduating from high school and completing a traineeship, Frank Plasberg was able to start working directly at the Schwäbische Zeitung. Despite a dropout in theater studies, politics and pedagogy, he was later able to switch to television.

After Frank Plasberg was married to WDR presenter Angela Maas until 2007 and with whom he has two grown children, in 2012 he married the well-known presenter Anne Gesthuisen after separating from his first wife. Frank Plasberg has a son with her. Due to the marriage to Frank Plasberg and the work on a Roma, Anne Gesthuisen gave up her prestigious job on the ARD-Morgenmagazin in 2014.

Frank Plasberg even made it into the film when he was asked by none other than Til Schweiger if he wasn’t interested in the big screen. When he said yes, he got a small role in his film “He’s back”. In this film Frank Plasberg plays himself. He made another appearance in the film “Guardian Angel”.


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