Martin Wagner, 66, long-standing head of Bavarian Radio and its orchestras, has left abruptly after 40 years.
He said: ‘I always felt at home with BR and I enjoyed going to work every day. Journalism is a wonderful professional excuse to satisfy my own curiosity. It has always been my motivation over the years. I have no master plan for my retirement – I have worked eight hours or more every day for the past 40 years and am happy to do nothing now. I will not miss the many meetings, but my colleagues will.’