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De Volkskrant - Netherlands | 18/12/2009

Germans prefer no-nonsense TV presenters

German television presenters Thomas Gottschalk and Dieter Bohlen may be fighting tooth and nail for the favour of TV viewers, but that doesn't stop the humdrum Gütnter Jauch from topping the popularity charts, writes the daily De Volkskrant: "Gottschalk and Bohlen are theatrical figures, and the very antipode of the German mainstream television presenter. Gottschalk's sleek outfits were long the sole hint of glamour in an otherwise innocuous programme geared to elderly viewing tastes. Bronzed 'pop-Titan' Bohlen with his notorious gags, meanwhile, attracts the broad-based target group comprising readers of the German tabloid Bild Zeitung, including many young viewers. But now the first popularity surveys of moderators put things back in their place: number one on the list is Günter Jauch. With glasses, a side part and a predilection for insipid chatter he is the picture of inconspicuousness. Bohlen and Gottschalk are fine at upping quotas, but German television must be orderly as well."

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