Arnold Schwarzenegger pays tribute to longtime ORF reporter Güenther Ziesel after death at 80: ‘One of the best journalists – worldwide’
Arnold Schwarzenegger mourns the loss of his friend, and journalist, Güenther Ziesel.
The award-winning journalist, whose career over his 60-year career included anchoring at ORF (Österreichischer Rundfunk), an Austrian public broadcaster, died Thursday night at the age of 80.
Upon hearing the tragic news, the Hollywood legend and former California governor took to his Twitter page and placed a tribute that went from heap of praise for Ziesel’s work to calling him ‘a dear friend’.
Heartfelt: Arnold Schwarzenegger pays tribute to the Austrian journalist Güenther Ziesel
“Günther Ziesel was one of the best journalists – not only in Austria, but worldwide,” began the Terminator star, 74.
‘I’ve done thousands and thousands of interviews over the last 60 years with more journalists than I can count, and Günther was without a doubt one of the best and smartest.’
Schwarzenegger continued, ‘He could tell any story in a way that educated his audience, and he could report on anything – art, politics, entertainment – any story that matters.’
In conclusion, the Thal called Austrian countryman Ziesel ‘a dear friend, fantastic father, and a wonderful man.’
“I will miss him, and my thoughts are with his family.”
‘I will miss him’: The former governor of California, 74, also called Ziesel one of the smartest journalists he knew himself when he tweeted his heartfelt tribute
Ziesel was born in Graz, the capital of the southern Austrian province of Styria, in July 1941.
Initially, he studied law, where he was promoted when he completed his education, but from 1960 he would work 50 years as a radio and television journalist in Graz and Vienna.
His resume included ORF editor-in-chief and state director in Styria, a mountainous, wooded state in southern Austria, known for its wine, spas and castles, and host of the Press Hour and ZiB moderator.
Schwarzenegger has been interviewed a number of times by Ziesle over the years, including in July 2017 for ORF III, when the actor celebrated his 70th birthday.
According to ORF Styria, Ziesel designed the entertainment show TIP, worked as a moderator of the European magazine and the Opera Ball.
He also worked on numerous documentaries, which included the likes of a piece about the Special Olympics World Games.
As recently as 2021, Ziesel worked at Alpen-Danube-Adria-Magazine, where he collaborated with South Tyrolean, Italian, Swiss, Slovenian, Croatian and Hungarian TV studios.
‘It was always important to me that we offer quality. That everything we do comes close to perfection. That you take it seriously and that you also take the ORF’s demand for objectivity seriously ‘, Ziesel said in an interview with ORF on his 80th birthday last year, reports Weekend.
Known: Güenther Ziesel worked as a journalist for about 60 years
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