Germany’s Top Anchorman
Germany’s version of the late Peter Jennings is Peter Kloeppel, chief editor of the prime newscast on private station RTL. While the country’s most-watched news program is the 8 pm nightly Tageshau on state broadcaster ARD, it features a revolving cast of news readers and makes the news the star of the show. RTL is more like the network news we have in the US and Peter is the country’s most-watched news anchor. He rolled up his sleeves to discuss his time as a US correspondent and some of the big stories he has anchored in the past couple of decades, including highly acclaimed live coverage of 9/11. When asked what story from Germany should get more coverage from US networks, he mentioned the green technology that Germany has developed to combat climate change.