Tomorrow you will become what you conceive of today.
This quote is not mine. But it summarizes the most important moments of my life. In 1991, when I spoke live for the first time on the radio. In 1994, when I became the voice of many well-known brand products in television commercials and when I read the Bundesliga results for the Sat.1 TV station. In 2001, when I went in front of TV cameras for the first time in the “Tagesschau” night edition. A few years later, the first time I was on a red carpet – shaking hands with the chancellor…
These are the moments of my life. My thoughts, my belief that each of us can achieve goals with the power of his own mind, have led me to realize them.
25 years in the media, countless moments in life. A lot has changed in these 25 years. For me personally, and certainly in the media and communications industry. But one thing has remained: the passion and the joy with which I work in front of a camera and microphone. And the knowledge that this way, my way, would probably not have been possible without a traditional training in journalism. Nonetheless, I have been traveling along new paths for some time now. I founded TEAMVISION with a few partners in 2014; it is a company for management and marketing in professional sports. I am passionate about TEAMVISION, and it has become an integral part of my life.
Just like another insight that has been recurring throughout my life. My audience is the most important thing. That’s what I thought as an intern; it’s what I still consider before every job. This is an insight into nearly 25 years of my life and you can get it here.
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Marc was born in Hannover on 04.12.1972. Between 1985 and 1992, he visited the Matthias-Claudius Gymnasium in Gehrden, where he graduated with Abitur. Radio already fascinated Marc as a student; he then completed editorial internships. After high school, he presented several radio broadcasts for NDR 1 Niedersachsen.
Hamburg, at the end of 1992: Marc worked as a trainee at the private Alsterradio in Hamburg and took two years of intensive speech lessons. He worked as a reporter, presenter and news editor and learned the journalism business on the radio, starting at the bottom. In the fall of 1994, the young radio journalist changed his metier. Reinhold Beckmann was looking for a solid narrator’s voice for “RAN Sat.1 Fußball” and found Marc after an extensive casting. For six years, Marc Bator was a member of what can retrospectively be considered
a legendary sports editorial staff; it laid the foundation for his upcoming TV-career.
1994 to 2000 – A resident of Hamburg, Marc works nationwide for TV stations, production
companies and advertising agencies. In seven years, he spoke in more than ten thousand production campaigns for national and international brands. He realized some productions from the concept and text to the studio recording independently. His voice has become established in the media and communications industry.
In May 2000, Marc Bator joined the Tagesschau as an off-camera speaker for ARD Aktuell in Hamburg. A year later, a move in front of the camera followed. After the morning show and afternoon editions, he then worked for the evening program. Since 2002, he did the news overview for the “tagesthemen”; in the beginning of 2005, Bator presented his first prime-time “Tagesschau”.
A year later, he moderated the “NDR Northern tour – the northern German travel magazine” on NDR television. As a news anchor for the program “New to the north” in 2007, he wrote his own texts, did telephone interviews live and spoke to experts about current issues affecting the North.
2008-2010 – Marc Bator talks talked with celebrities in the NDR2 Fan Show at all Bundesliga home matches of the Hamburger SV – another important step to entertaining moderation. Since the summer of 2010, he has also been presentings the magazine, “My prerogative” on WDR television; it uses films and discussions in the studio to report on exciting and unusual legal cases and was specially customized for him.
In addition to his work in front of the camera, Bator worked as an off-speaker in numerous productions for the ARD, even for the big entertainment shows. He lended his voice as a “voice of the station” to the program package of NDR2, the radio program for the entire northern region. In May 2012 and 2013, Marc was the co-commentator of the cycling race “Rund um den Finanzplatz Eschborn-Frankfurt” on HR television.
In the spring of 2013, Marc said farewell to the ARD. Marc Bator moved on to the commercial broadcasting group ProSiebenSat.1 – he is head anchorman of the Sat.1 news and also moderated other broadcasting formats. His passion for cycling has not let him go. In the summer of 2014, he founded TEAMVISION with partners; it is a young company that develops and promotes cycling.
At the end of 2017, TEAMVISION developed further and started supporting athletes from other disciplines. In the spring of 2018, Marc Bator began an advanced education programm in sports management at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland.
Marc Bator is married and the father of two daughters.
Photo: Jim Rakete
It feels like I have presented innumerable events already – for the most diverse range of clients. I did panel discussions with ministers or scientists; I was even allowed to welcome the President. Award ceremonies, birthdays, launches, talkshows. Always close to the people. Always with important issues and plenty of emotion. Event moderation makes my job so exciting and versatile. And you can book me as well. As a speaker or even as a moderator. Please write us or call.
Close to people – for me, this means giving your voice or face for a good cause. I have repeatedly supported charitable organizations such as „Dunkelziffer e.V.“, „BILD Ein Herz für Kinder“, „die Welthungerhilfe“ and the children’s hospice Bethel in Bielefeld. I was an ambassador and curator at World Vision e. V. Germany for two years and even had the honor of flying to Peru for them.
Because my heart also beats for sports, I support „Dein Name für Deutschland“, a campaign organized by the „Stiftung Deutsche Sporthilfe.“
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The sentence “Tomorrow you will become what you conceive of today ” really summarizes it. My career is a series of personal wishes that have been fulfilled. And of course, includes not only the belief but also a generous portion of luck. Apart from that, a hard bit of work. As a student, I wanted to do radio. When I was there, I wanted to hear my voice on television, later the “tagesschau” was a dream. And then cycling came into my life totally unexpectedly after a long, long break. We’ll see how it goes…
That my family and I stay healthy, and that work continues well on various fields. To work in front of the camera is still fun for me; I also like moderating events. The changing content gives my work the necessary variety. And for our young sports marketing agency TeamVision: I am keeping my fingers crossed for a lot of success in the coming years. And quite honestly, so many wishes in my life came true – I am very grateful.
Yes it was. The experiences in the years working for the “tagesschau” remain unique and unforgettable. But there came a point when I wanted a change. That was a kind of decision that you may make only once in a lifetime. But I have no regrets, on the contrary. I met new people, had new experiences. The step, this development, has enriched me. I enjoy reminiscing about the years in which I was a part of Germany’s most successful news program. And who knows what life will continue to offer me!
If I could say that exactly, I would be a rich man. The fact is, already in a few years – in my opinion – nothing will be like it once was. Digitization progresses; the Internet will probably triumph once again. Classic television will have to react to it. Just as I must keep answers for me and my work at hand. Flexibility and courage to tackle new things will certainly be rewarded. And I think that experience and learned crafts – I mean training in journalism – will always pay off.
Very important; it is very important to me. Friends and family came – due to the changes in the past few years – unfortunately a little too short. That’s too bad. And yet we often manage to lead our family life, so that it makes us all happy. By the way, Berlin fascinates me. It remains a joy to discover the formerly divided city; each week you can find so many new things. And clearly, my children are at the focus of attention. Our two girls have grown up a bit in the meantime; of course, their needs will shift. I like it the most when the four of us can sit around and have fun.
Talking is another great passion in my life. You have to imagine it is just like being a musician. Until he masters his instrument and can express his feelings, many years pass. And so it is with your own voice. I had to take lessons, had many years of training day and night, until I could speak the way directors and producers wanted me to. Those were great feelings when I then heard my own voice on television. I was speaking for popular car brands or as part of an award-winning documentary. There were countless productions in which I participated. For some time now, I once again have the opportunity to work as an off-speaker. And I immediately sensed how much it means to me.
Alpecin Sport, 2016
Independence Day, 2016
Junited Autoglas, 2018
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Here they are, the visible moments of my life. I think it is similar to many: especially in the older photos, I have to really laugh today and think about how I could have possible worn this shirt. And the hairstyle… open your eyes and go for it. A memory comes back with each image. And these were beautiful moments, that I can tell you.
Autumn 2012. I could cry tears of joy. I got through. It feels like a victory. My first race with the amateurs. At 39 years of age. 75 rounds of one kilometer each. Average speed: 44.1 km/h. Just before throwing up. Change of scene.
I have loved cycling for as long as I can remember. Until I was 13, my bike was my best friend. I dreamed of becoming a pro. My mother, who didn’t allow me to race because she feared the bad crashes, traveled to West Berlin with me in 1987 so that I could see the départ of the Tour de France live.
Cycling has never left me. In recent years, the passion was so great that I decided to help this often misunderstood discipline. In my way. With the experience I have gained in over twenty years of my career in media, communications and marketing. With learned mechanisms that are as applicable in other sectors as they are in cycling. Together with other people.
The key to this is TEAMVISION.
In the meantime, our young company has developed beyond cycling. And in the end, I have to be more that grateful to my mother, who did an amazing job as a sports teacher and coach over the course of decades. Because of her passion for sports in all of its facets, she apparently more than influenced me in my career path. Bullseye.
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