Astrid Steinmeyer, head of factual acquisitions and coproductions at German channel Welt (formerly N24), has died at the age of 51 after sustaining serious injuries in an accident while cycling.
According to an obituary posted by Welt (or, in English, “World”), Steinmeyer, her husband and another couple were struck by a motorist while the group was cycling in Brandenburg. She died on Monday, May 14, the day after the accident occurred.
Steinmeyer had served for 10 years as head of factual acquisitions and coproductions at the German broadcaster, which was renamed at the start of 2018. Prior to heading up N24′s documentary department, she worked as a news journalist, after becoming a reporter working out of N24′s London studio in 2000. She’d began her career in journalism in 1994, first as an editorial trainee at ProSieben and then as a news editor there.
“She had that laugh,” reads Welt’s tribute to the executive. “That smile that somehow made you feel better even on the lousiest days. And she was smart and clear. She could say what she meant — always warm and yet so that everyone understood.
“For many of us,” it continues, “Astrid was not just a popular, smart and fun-loving colleague. She was also a good friend.”