Günther Jauch

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Günther Jauch
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Jauch in 2008
Born Günther Johannes Jauch
(1956-07-13) July 13, 1956 (age 58)
Münster
Occupation Presenter, journalist, producer
Spouse(s) Dorothea "Thea" Jauch
Parents Ernst Alfred Jauch (†1991)

Günther Johannes Jauch (German pronunciation: [ˈɡʏntɐ joˈhanəs ˈjaʊx]; born 13 July 1956) is a German television host. He is a member of the Hamburg Jauch family, but currently lives in Potsdam, Brandenburg with his wife Thea (Dorothea) Jauch and his four children.

Biography[edit]

Jauch was born in Münster. After 18 years of common-law marriage, he married Thea in 2006 without permitting the press to photograph the wedding. A photo that circulated in the tabloid media (which had not much detail) was published by BILD. The newspaper was fined € 200,000 for the abuse of personal rights. He married in the Orangerie at Schloss Sanssouci in Potsdam.

Jauch is known for a unique style of informing and entertaining people that is generally considered witty and funny; he won several awards for his appearances in German television. Jauch also owns the production company "i&u TV", which stands for Information und Unterhaltung ("information and entertainment"). He is known to make large donations from money he receives from his appearances in advertisements and other promotional work.

Jauch has used his personal wealth to purchase and restore several historic buildings in and around Potsdam, his current town of residence.

Jauch has produced and hosted the prime time TV programme Stern TV, a television news magazine programme, on the private German RTL national TV network since 1990. The programme caused some sensation due to the transmission of falsified articles delivered by the journalist Michael Born who subsequently was convicted to a four year prison sentence in 1996, a few other prominent German TV networks had also been deceived with such material.[1] In January 2011, after celebrating the end of his 21 year reign hosting Stern TV, Jauch will now host a weekly political talkshow on the national German public TV network Das Erste ("The First").[2]

In 2005, Jauch was named by Stern magazine the most famous German in the world. In late 2006, Jauch announced that he would only host the first broadcast of the Four Hills Tournament (from Oberstdorf) and celebrate New Year's Eve with his family. Jauch had hosted all events of the Four Hills Tournament since the year 2000. The 2007 season tournaments from Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Innsbruck and Bischofshofen were hosted by Marco Schreyl instead.[3]

Shows hosted[edit]

  • Wer wird Millionär? (Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?)
  • 5-Millionen SKL Show
  • RTL-Skispringen (ski jumping)
  • UEFA Champions League (European football)
  • Stern TV
  • Menschen, Bilder, Emotionen (People, Pictures, Emotions)
  • Grips-Show (Brain Show)
  • Der Große IQ-Test (The Big IQ Test)
  • Die 1 Million SKL Show
  • Das aktuelle Sport-Studio (Up-to-date Sport news)
  • 5 gegen Jauch (5 against Jauch)
  • Günther Jauch (Sunday evening political talkshow on Das Erste)

Products advertised[edit]

Jauch is known for donating a significant part of his income to charitable causes.

References in popular culture[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Thomas Pritzl: Der Fake-Faktor. Spurensuche im größten Betrugsfall des deutschen Fernsehens. kopäd, 2006, ISBN 3-938028-69-6
  2. ^ "Günther Jauch ab 2011 im Ersten". Das Erste (in German). Retrieved 22 January 2011. 
  3. ^ "Der Familie zuliebe: Jauch tritt kürzer". Der Spiegel (in German). 27 December 2006. Retrieved 27 December 2006.