Hans J. Kleinsteuber, a remembrance

We were very sad to hear about the death of Hans J. Kleinsteuber, editorial board member of the International Journal of Digital Television. Jeffrey A. Hart, associate editor of the journal, remembers him:

Hans J. Kleinsteuber, Professor and Founder of the Research Center on Media and Politics of the University of Hamburg, died of cancer on February 18, 2012, at the age of 68.
Hans was born in 1943 in Lemgo, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.  He received his undergraduate diploma in political science from the Otto Suhr Institute of the Free University of Berlin in 1967.  After a year of postgraduate work in political science, economics and diplomacy at Tufts and Harvard, he became a programmer for IBM, stationed first in Frankfurt and later in Berlin.  He completed his doctoral work at the Free University of Berlin in 1975.  His dissertation dealt with transportation policy making in the U.S. Interstate Commerce Commission.  He received an appointment as Professor of Political Science at the University of Hamburg in 1976.  In 1987, he founded the Research Center on Media and Politics within the Department of Political Science at Hamburg, a place for the promotion of interdisciplinary research on the media.  Topics explored at the Center included (among others) media regulation, the media in Europe, public service broadcasting, the impact of the media on society and politics, and the new digital media.

 Hans was an active member of the International Institute for Journalism (where he participated in the annual Summer Academies).  He was a member of the European Communication Research and  Education Association, and particularly the Radio Reseach Section of that organization.  He was a member of the Broadcasting Council of Deutsche Welle and the Euromedia Research Group.

I met Hans Kleinsteuber in 1991 while on a short research leave from my university.  He was a generous host and a great help to me in my research on digital television and HDTV.  His knowledge of European media politics was encyclopedic.  He visited Indiana University several years later as part of a worldwide tour of universities.  While in Bloomington, he spent most of his time conducting research on local public radio broadcasters.  He was very interested in the question of whether local public broadcasters were capable of providing information to local communities that private broadcasters were not willing or able to provide.  When Michael Starks asked me for suggestions for members of the editorial board of the new
International Journal of Digital Television, Hans Kleinsteuber was at the top of my list.  Hans Kleinsteuber was a true academic pioneer and leader who inspired many younger scholars to conduct research on media and politics.  He will be missed.

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