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Günther Jauch is a German presenter and journalist.
Günther Johannes Jauch was born in Münster and grew up in the North Rhine-Westphalian city for the first three years of his life. The Jauch family later moved to Berlin, to the upscale district of Lichterfelde-West. Günther Jauch was involved in the church in his youth and was an altar boy in the Berlin parish of Lichterfelde for seven years. After graduating from high school, he studied law in Berlin. At the same time, Jauch applied to the German School of Journalism in Munich. He was accepted, but as a result he gave up his law studies in 1975 and went to the journalism school in Munich.
After successfully completing the journalism school in 1977, Jauch then worked as a sports presenter for the Bavarian radio station. At the same time he studied politics and modern history at the University of Munich. Jauch gave up his studies because his time at Bayerischer Rundfunk did not allow for it. From 1985 to 1989, together with the presenter Thomas Gottschalk, he moderated a radio show on Bayern 3 with great success. At the age of 29 he switched to the television business. Günther Jauch moderated various concepts, such as “Tell the truth”, on channels such as ZDF or SDR, among others. He moderated “The current sports studio” for the first time in 1988 on ZDF. Two years later, the native of Münster switched to the private broadcaster RTL. Since then, Jauch has moderated a wide variety of formats there – from quizzes to sports programs. In 2002 Günther Jauch founded his own production company “i&u TV”. Among other things, they produced “Stern TV”, which Jauch himself moderated for years, as well as other TV formats such as the “70s Show” on RTL. In the meantime, the moderator also worked for the public broadcaster ARD, where he moderated a Sunday evening talk show. In later years, Jauch worked more and more for RTL productions, such as in the successful show “Die 2 – Gottschalk & Jauch gegen alle”. In this, Günther Jauch and his old companion Thomas Gottschalk compete against studio guests.
After moving to RTL, Jauch’s career picked up speed. He presented the well-known TV magazine “Stern TV” a total of 891 times. In addition, in 1998, together with Marcel Reif, Jauch won the Bavarian Television Award for presenting the Champions League game between Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund. Jauch became a big crowd favorite by moderating the successful quiz show “Wer wird Millionär?”, which has been broadcast on RTL since 1999 and is still running today. In 2006, Jauch received the German Television Award in the category “Best Entertainment Show” for a program, a celebrity special from “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire”.
“Knowledge only becomes education through the personality of a person. Education is related to learning, which takes time and nerves, but you know what: education can make you very happy and relaxed.”
“There is nothing more democratic than a television set. You can turn on, toggle and turn off.”
“If you don’t act like a firecracker, the audience won’t be so bored.”
“Education cannot be downloaded.”
“How long will viewers want to watch ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire’? We still have quotas that others dream of. If you compare it to an airplane, then we are ten thousand feet above the clouds, our tanks are full of kerosene and the journey is far from over. Maybe there will even be the 1,000th show at some point.”
Günther Jauch protects his private life and lives very withdrawn. He is socially committed and has supported numerous projects in his adopted home of Potsdam, for example the renovation of the Neptune Grotto in the Sanssouci Palace Park or the financing of the reconstruction of the Fortuna Portal at the Potsdam City Palace. The successful presenter also owns wineries and is thus continuing a family tradition. The hallmark of Jauch’s moderation is that almost without exception he addresses his guests in the interview – with the exception of Thomas Gottschalk and children – and vice versa.