Award
Grimme Online Award for podcast on conspiracy myths

The podcast «Cui Bono: WTF happened to Ken Jebsen?» received the Grimme Online Award in the information category on Thursday evening in Cologne. The audio production (Studio Bummens, NDR, rbb, K2H) traces the development of popular radio presenter Ken Jebsen into a conspiracy ideologue, whose YouTube channel was viewed millions of times before it was blocked.

The podcast «Cui Bono: WTF happened to Ken Jebsen?» received the Grimme Online Award in the information category on Thursday evening in Cologne. The audio production (Studio Bummens, NDR, rbb, K2H) traces the development of popular radio presenter Ken Jebsen into a conspiracy ideologue, whose YouTube channel was viewed millions of times before it was blocked.

He initially laughed at many of the videos, but of course you have to realize that they are very dangerous, said Youtuber Rezo, who acted as the laudator. It is therefore important not to simply dismiss such people as cranks, but to deal with their radicalization. That is exactly what happened here.

What many conspiracy narratives have in common is that they claim powerful interests behind events, the jury explained. “Cui bono?” (“To whose advantage?”) is the dominant question. The podcast goes far beyond a portrait of Ken Jebsen, rather the figure illustrates the emergence and right instrumentalization of the “lateral thinker” scene.

The undoped Grimme Online Award is considered the most important award for outstanding online journalism in Germany. Up to nine winners are possible – one of them is chosen by the audience.

dpa