The Director of the Media Authority of North Rhine-Westphalia 

The Director of the Media Authority of North Rhine-Westphalia provides leadership and manages the Authority’s business. The Director is elected by the Media Commission for a six-year term and is responsible for the judicial and extrajudicial representation of the Authority. In addition, the Director’s duties include preparing and executing the Media Commission’s resolutions.

Dr. Tobias Schmid is the Director of the Media Authority of North Rhine-Westphalia. Furthermore, he acts as the European Commissioner of the Directors’ Conference of the State Media Authorities (DLM) and a deputy member of the Commission for the Protection of Minors in the Media (KJM). Moreover, since January 2020, he has been the Chair of the European Regulators Group for Audiovisual Media Services, the association of national media regulators within Europe.

Doris Brocker, the in-house counsel of the Media Authority of North Rhine-Westphalia, serves as his deputy in this role.

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Brautmeier Direktor was Director of the Media Authority of North Rhine-Westphalia until December 2016. He was preceded by Prof. Dr. Norbert Schneider, who acted as its Director until September 2010. Prof. Schneider succeeded Klaus Schütz, who was the first Director of the former Broadcasting Authority for North Rhine-Westphalia.

Profile of Dr. Tobias Schmid 

  • since 2020:
    Chair of the European Regulators Group for Audiovisual Media Services
     
  • since 2017:
    Director of the Media Authority of North Rhine-Westphalia and European Commissioner of the Directors’ Conference of the State Media Authorities (DLM) and deputy member of the Commission for the Protection of Minors in the Media (KJM)
     
  • 2010 to 2016:
    Executive Vice President for Governmental Affairs, RTL Group
     
  • 2005 to 2016:
    Head of Media Policy, Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland
     
  • 2012 to 2016:
    Chair of the German Association of Private Broadcasters and Telemedia (VPRT)
     
  • 1999 to 2004:
    General Counsel for the areas of law, media policy, human resources, internal auditing and public relations, Home Shopping Europe AG