dasd RTL at the Marathon Not only was the Berlin Marathon a big topic in the programming of N-TV and the Berlin radio stations, many RTL Group employees ran the marathon themselves – despite the less than cosy weather.
The day was unpleasant indeed: 13°C and a constant drizzle literally put a damper on everyone’s spirits. The RTL Group team, too, with a total of 42 participants from 13 subsidiaries and the Corporate Centre in Luxembourg, struggled with the adverse conditions. But they persevered and all of them crossed the finish line.

The RTL Group team with a total of 42 runners from 13 subsidiaries and the Corporate Centre in Luxembourg

The celebrity group running for the ‘RTL – Wir helfen Kindern’ foundation mastered the route easily. The boxers Ina Menzner and Arthur Abraham, high-jumper Carlo Thränhardt, footballer Marco Rehmer, actor Götz Otto and N-TV’s managing director Hans Demmel and RTL presenters Ulrike von der Groeben and Wolfram Kons each ran 5 kilometres for charity, then ran the last 5 km of the ‘Real - Berlin Marathon’ together, led by the legendary boxing coach Uli Wegner. The organisers paid EUR 1 for each metre of the run, so that in the end the team proudly accepted a cheque in the amount of EUR 42,195 for the foundation.

The celebrity group running for the ‘RTL – Wir helfen Kindern’ foundation mastered the route easily

N-TV reported live from the event. Between 8:30 and 12:00 the sports moderators Britta Hofmann and Nico Holter reported from the route, along which some 700,000 spectators cheered on the 40,945 runners from 122 nations. Broadcasting from the marathon was a special challenge this year because the helicopters were grounded by the inclement weather, so that only part of the planned footage could be shown.

On the radio, the run was covered by 104.6 RTL and 105'5 Spreeradio. Both channels also had set up stages at the event. On the RTL stage at Berlin’s Weltkugelbrunnen (Globe Fountain), the Hermes House Band kept things lively for the athletes and spectators, while the Spreeradio stage served to give the arriving half-marathon runners a fitting welcome.

N-TV’s chief editor Volker Wasmuth says: “Broadcasting this kind of top event live was a big challenge. I am especially proud of the outstanding work done by the whole team and the excellent cooperation with the organisers SCC Running, the production firm Powerplay, and RTL Radio.“

27 September 2010 - RTL Group / N-TV / 104.6 RTL / 105'5 Spreeradio, Luxembourg / Germany