Hans Mahr

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Born (1949-05-17) May 17, 1949 (age 75)
Vienna, Austria
EducationHernalser Gymnasium Geblergasse
  • Journalist, writer, and Media Executive
Partner(s)Katja Burkard

Hans Mahr (born 17 May 1949) is an Austrian journalist and media executive. Mahr was the editor-in-chief at RTL in Cologne from 1994 to 2004. In 2005, Mahr was appointed to the board of the newly created Sports and New Business division at Premiere AG (now Sky). Since 2006, he has been an independent media consultant with his company and serves as board member of Kronen Zeitung since 2024[1].


Mahr started his professional career as journalist at the Austrian newspaper Kronen Zeitung. From 1972 to 1977, Mahr was the head of the politics department and left his position from 1977 to 1979 to become the office manager for the mayor of Vienna, Leopold Gratz.[2]

Mahr also worked as a media consultant and head of public relations for Chancellor Bruno Kreisky from 1979 to 1983 and subsequently, from 1983 to 1988, as a consultant for the publisher of the Kronen Zeitung Hans Dichand.[3]

In 1985, Mahr took over the management of the Austrian office of the German private broadcaster RTL and in 1986 of the German magazine "Stern".[4]

Mahr returned to the Kronen Zeitung in in 1989. He was appointed managing director by Hans Dichand and worked in this position until 1994. During his tenure there, he was appointed vice president of the Association of Austrian Newspaper Publishers (VÖZ) in 1993.[4]

From 1994 to 2004, Mahr was the editor-in-chief at RTL in Cologne, and from 2000 to 2002, he was the managing director of RTL's internet subsidiary, RTL New Media.[5]

Since April 2006, Mahr has been self-employed with his Cologne company MahrMedia and returned as a consultant to the RTL Group in 2007. Furthermore, he managed Formula 1 driver Ralf Schumacher. Since the primary goal of negotiating a Formula 1 contract for 2008 and beyond was not achieved, Schumacher parted ways with Mahr.[6]

In January 2024, Hans Mahr was elected to the supervisory board of Kronen Zeitung.[7]


Hans Mahr is the father of two daughters with RTL news anchor Katja Burkard, with whom he has been in a relationship since 1998. He also has two sons from a previous relationship with the Austrian journalist Conny Bischofberger.[8] Additionally, there is his eldest son from his first marriage with Mrs. Maria. Privately, he runs a food blog [9] and a YouTube channel [10] about personal restaurant recommendations and has also published them in his book "Hans geht Essen"[11]


  1. "Hans Mahr kehrt als Aufsichtsrat zu "Krone" und Mediaprint zurück". Retrieved 2024-03-04.
  2. "Hans Mahr Österreichischer Journalist und Medienmanager".
  3. "Hans Mahr - Munzinger Biographie". Munzinger Online. Retrieved 2024-03-04.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Medientage Wien: Hans Mahr". Retrieved 2024-03-04.
  5. "Hans Mahr: Der gute Onkel wird 60 Jahr alt". 16 May 2009.
  6. "Schumacher und Mahr gehen getrennte Wege".
  7. "Hans Mahr kehrt als Aufsichtsrat zu "Krone" und Mediaprint zurück".
  8. "DATUM - Seiten der Zeit :: Die Nummer zwei". Archived from the original on 2015-09-23.
  9. https://thehans.tv/
  10. "THE HANS by Hans Mahr - YouTube". YouTube.
  11. "Hans geht essen: 500 Restauranttipps rund um die Welt (Buch)".

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