RTL CEO Zeiler dismisses ORF rumors

Not taking stake in Austrian public broadcaster

COLOGNE, Germany -- Gerhard Zeiler, CEO of leading European broadcaster RTL Group, has dismissed rumors that the company is interested in taking a stake in Austrian public broadcaster ORF.

Austrian media floated the rumor after financial trouble at ORF prompted speculation that the government in Vienna might partially privatize the public broadcaster.

Zeiler, who is Austrian and was general secretary at ORF from 1986-1990, called the rumors “complete nonsense.”