Philippe Pfister leaves SonntagsBlick

The editor-in-chief of SonntagsBlick will be taken over on an interim basis by Katia Murmann (management) and Christian Maurer as of the end of August. Philippe Pfister is leaving the newspaper at his own request with immediate effect.

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Pfister had held the interim leadership position since Christine Maier's internal transfer.

Katia Murmann is already a member of the SonntagsBlick's editorial team and a page-turner. The 35-year-old has been back in the newsroom of the Blick Group in Zurich since June 2013. Murmann studied politics and Oriental studies at the University of Munich and trained as an editor at the German School of Journalism in Munich. She started her journalistic career in 2005 as a reporter at Blick, then joined the founding team of the newspaper Schweiz am Sonntag (then Der Sonntag) in Baden and subsequently worked as Head of Foreign Affairs and Deputy Head of Focus at SonntagsZeitung in Zurich. In 2013 she became team leader of the news department in the newsroom of the Blick Group, and since 2015 she has been a member of the SonntagsBlick editorial team.

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Christian Maurer (pictured above) has been with the Blick Group since 2009, first as head of news at SonntagsBlick and currently as a writer for SonntagsBlick and SonntagsBlick magazine. Before that, the 54-year-old was bureau chief at SDA for ten years and at Tamedia for ten years, including as deputy head of news at SonntagsZeitung, page editor at Tages-Anzeiger and deputy editor-in-chief at News.

Philippe Pfister joined the Blick Group in 2009 as Deputy Editor-in-Chief of SonntagsBlick and had previously headed the commuter newspaper News as Editor-in-Chief. From 1999 to 2007, he held various positions at SonntagsZeitung and from 1994 to 1999 at Blick as a reporter, later chief reporter. Pfister had headed SonntagsBlick twice on an interim basis: in September/October 2013 and now from May to August 2016. According to the statement, he first wants to take a short break, later take a training sabbatical in the U.S. and then turn his attention to new challenges.
 

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