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Brucknerhaus director Kerschbaum is dismissed

Brucknerhaus director Kerschbaum is dismissed
Brucknerhaus director Kerschbaum is dismissed

Dietmar Kerschbaum has to go.
City Councillor for Culture Doris Lang-Mayerhofer (VP) rejects the allegations.

The general assembly of the Creative, Cultural and Event Holding (KKV) decided to dismiss him on Tuesday afternoon, announced Mayor Klaus Luger (SPÖ). In doing so, it followed the unanimous recommendation of the LIVA Supervisory Board, which had met earlier.

  • The OÖN reported: Luger wants to terminate Kerschbaum’s Brucknerhaus contract today

The topics of the three-hour extraordinary supervisory board meeting were the results of the special audit of LIVA by the control committee and the results of the compliance audit by KPMG auditors. The latter had revealed the already known “further, serious misconduct” by Kerschbaum. These concern self-dealing, secondary activities and secondary employment, business trips, expenses, awarding processes and “management behavior that completely contradicts the compliance guidelines,” said Luger. The recommendation was therefore made to KKV to immediately part ways with Kerschbaum, whose contract runs until the end of 2027. Whether criminal proceedings would also be taken was still open for the time being. Based on the new findings, the control office had advised that individual facts be forwarded to the public prosecutor’s office for examination.

TV analysis with OÖN culture director Peter Grubmüller:

  • Read also: Why Luger sees violations by the LIVA boss confirmed and wants to terminate his contract

Allegations against City Councillor for Culture

The meeting caused a stir because a member of the supervisory board, City Councillor for Culture Doris Lang-Mayrhofer (ÖVP), had apparently received orders from the artistic director in violation of compliance rules. “That surprised me very much,” said the mayor, who is also chairman of the supervisory board, adding: “But the facts are clear.” This is likely to involve the foyer of the Brucknerhaus, which was redesigned in 2019. As the “Kronen Zeitung” reported online, the Maylan company took over part of the renovation. Lang-Mayerhofer holds 50 percent of the company as a shareholder, and her husband holds the other half, the report quotes from the KPMG report. Due to the size of the contract, allegedly 67,000 euros, approval from the LIVA supervisory board, of which the city councillor is deputy chairwoman, was never obtained.

City Councillor for Culture Doris Lang-Mayerhofer (VP) rejects the allegations.
Image: City of Linz

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City Councillor for Culture Doris Lang-Mayerhofer (VP) rejects the allegations.
Image: City of Linz

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