In the spring of last year, Linda Zervakis (47) surprised with her announcement that she would switch from ARD to ProSieben. Born in Hamburg, she worked for public broadcasting for around 20 years – first as a radio announcer for NDR, later she moderated the “Tagesschau” on the first. Between 2013 and 2021 she became one of the most popular faces of the ARD news program.
Since her move, she has been with Matthias Opdenhövel (52) for the weekly news journal “Zervakis & Opdenhövel. Live” in front of the camera. Stepping out of the newsreader’s scheme did her good, as she explains in an interview with Emotion magazine.
Linda Zervakis: “I only read what others wrote”
She thought very carefully about the decision to go to private television: “The ‘Tagesschau’ is sacred,” she is quoted as saying at “presseportal.de”. “But the truth is also: I only read what others wrote for me,” said the 47-year-old openly. At a certain point, that was no longer enough for her: she wanted to show other facets, try herself. “After a few weeks at ProSieben, I was asked if I would like to moderate a triel with the chancellor candidates – that was crazy, I should never have done that on ARD,” Linda Zervakis clarified.
This self-confident step was not at all self-evident: “When I was a schoolgirl, I was extremely shy and had a lot of fears,” recalled the daughter of Greek migrants, who worked as an advertising copywriter after graduating from high school. “My first highlight was when my colleagues in the advertising agency praised me: ‘Great idea! You are creative.’ That’s when I realized: you’re not as stupid as you always thought you were.”
Nevertheless, she sometimes still falls into old patterns and asks herself: “Can I do anything at all? But that’s becoming less and less common,” she says.
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Ex-“Tagesschau” spokeswoman used to help out in her parents’ kiosk
Linda Zervakis was 14 years old when her father died. From then on, she and her two siblings helped their mother in the kiosk. She worked there every Sunday until she was 28. “The time in the kiosk grounded me,” she revealed. The shop in Hamburg-Harburg was the only source of income for the family: everyone had to work. “I know what it’s like to get by on little money,” she assured.
She also added: “In fact, I carry the certainty within me: Despite everything, things will always go on.” With this she lives a serenity that can probably also be found in her Greek roots. “‘Let’s see’ is a Greek saying for all situations in life,” she says with a smile.
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Linda Zervakis isn’t the only one unhappy with her public broadcaster. The long-standing NDR presenter Anke Harnack also attacks her former broadcaster in an interview. It’s about the mixture of professional and private life and about topics in programs – she is not proud of having adapted to the whole thing.
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