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Suspended by ORF: Presenter Roman Rafrider raises speculation of his appearance

Suspended by ORF: Presenter Roman Rafrider raises speculation of his appearance

Updated December 15, 2021 at 3:55 pm

  • After appearing in the program “ZiB Flash” on Austrian television, ORF news presenter Roman Rafrider was relieved of his duties.
  • Austrian media is speculating whether Rafrider is drunk or has health problems.

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Roman Rafrider appeared in front of the camera on “ZiB Flash” im ORF It sparked a lot of discussion, especially on social networks. But many Austrian media are also talking about the incident.

StandardHe writes of “apparently drunk moderation,”“Reports of a ‘flaming appearance.’” The ORF issued a statement Wednesday morning: “Roman Ravfrieder has been suspended immediately. The case and the legal consequences are being examined by the Human Resources department today.”

The supervisor himself internally apologized for the incident and [diesen] He explained with personal reasons,” as stated in the statement he quotes from “Der Standard.”

After the appearance of Roman Roverrider: ORF is rebuilding the program

“ZiB Flash” was broadcast around 22:00 on ORF1. Roman Raffrieder seemed weak, at times difficult to understand and murmured. In addition, instead of the “Omicron variant”, the “Augmented variant” was retracted.

It was soon speculated on Twitter whether the moderator drank too much wine or whether health problems were to blame for the appearance. Rafrider himself has not yet commented on this.

After “ZiB Flash” he should have run “ZiB Night” on Tuesday night, but he never appeared in front of the cameras. According to, there was a rebuilding behind the scenes and the latest edition of Zeit Build was postponed. The moderation and interview with the molecular biologist are no longer conducted by Rafreider, but by his colleague Martin Thür.

After a short time, broadcasts with the Ravider theme are no longer available in the ORF media library.