From Sabine Christiansen to Anne Will: The faces of the ARD talk show

In mid-January it was clear: Anne Will (56) is giving up her talk show at the end of the year.

From Sabine Christiansen to Anne Will: The faces of the ARD talk show

In mid-January it was clear: Anne Will (56) is giving up her talk show at the end of the year. For a total of 16 years, the journalists delighted an audience of millions almost every week with their show. Their predecessors Günther Jauch (66) and Sabine Christiansen (65) also celebrated huge success with similar formats in the same slot.

The latter had once laid the foundation for the successful talk. She started her career as an editor and presenter at the Landesfunkhaus Hamburg and later gained national fame as the presenter of the "Tagesthemen". For a total of ten years she worked as an editor at "ARD aktuell" and as a speaker for "Tagesthemen". She then created the talk show "Sabine Christiansen" and presented it from 1998 to 2007.

Günther Jauch should have taken over the show in 2007, but that was to come later. So, on September 16, 2007, Anne Will followed in Sabine Christiansen's big footsteps. Like her predecessor, Will also made a name for herself as a "Tagesschau" spokeswoman between 2001 and 2007. Before that, she went down in German television history as the first female presenter of the "Sportschau".

Günther Jauch, who succeeded Anne Wills in 2007, has had a somewhat different career: After completing his training at the German School of Journalism in Munich, he also gained his first practical experience as a sports presenter on television. In 1990 he signed a contract with RTL, where he presented "stern TV" until 2011. After that, his Sunday talk "Günther Jauch" took over Anne Will's slot at 9:45 p.m. in the first after the "crime scene". At the same time, Jauch continued to stand for RTL and programs such as "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" in front of the camera. Anne Will's talk was rescheduled to Wednesday. Since Jauch's departure in 2015, Anne Will has been seen again on Sundays. But that will end at the end of 2023.

It is still unclear who will then take over the slot. According to a Civey survey commissioned by T-Online, many would like Ingo Zamperoni (48) to succeed Anne Will. The prerequisites are good: Like Sabine Christiansen and Anne Will, he also has experience as a moderator of the "Tagesthemen". He ran the show between 2012 and 2014, switched to the ARD foreign studio in the meantime and has been reading the news again since 2016. In the studio he alternates with Caren Miosga (53).

Miosga is also traded as a possible successor to Will. After studying history and Slavic studies and stations on radio and television, she joined the "Daily Issues" in 2007 as a presenter. With 15 years on the job, she is currently the longest-serving spokesperson. Time for a professional reorientation? Ten percent of those surveyed could at least imagine Miosga as a talk show host.

Another five percent trust Judith Rakers (47) to play Anne Will. Like Zamperoni and Miosga, Rakers is also known as a news anchor. She first started at the "Hamburg Journal" on the NDR and switched to the "Tagesschau" in 2005. In 2008, she spoke the 8 p.m. edition for the first time. As a presenter of "3nach9", Rakers also has initial talk show experience.

Reinhold Beckmann (66), who hosted the talk show “Beckmann” between 1999 and 2014, also has the latter. He had previously made a name for himself as a sports commentator and presenter. Among other things, he led through the programs "ran" and "ranissimo" on Sat.1 as well as the ARD "Sportschau". A path that Anne Will and Günther Jauch once took in a similar way.