Media war: ZDF wins Kaufmann for Christmas

Media war: ZDF wins Kaufmann for Christmas


norman lebrecht

October 30, 2020

In the annual tussle between German’s two main TV networks, the Mainz-based ZDF has put in its thumb and pulled out the big plum.

It will broadcast a Christmas special with Jona Kaufmann at 10.15 on Christmas Eve.

Kaufmann will appear from the Church of St. Nikolaus in Oberndorf near Salzburg, where Silent Night, Holy Night was first heard in 1818.



  • Gustavo says:

    I would have preferred Klaus Florian Vogt with “Kling Glöckchen, klingelingeling!”

    Or ZDF could also consider René Kollo who is still going strong with light music:

  • erich says:

    Vogt – with that white strangulated pushed-up choirboy voice and totally vacant staring zero IQ stare? Yuk!!!

  • Gustavo says:

    The question is: will it be a typical no-show?

  • Very sorry to hear on Radio 3 today of the passing of Alexander Verendikov. I shall continue to enjoy his music making as it is broadcast.