Tobias Schmid (born in 1970) was elected director by the Media Commission of the Media Authority of North Rhine-Westphalia on 24 June 2016. He is the successor of Dr. Jürgen Brautmeier. Since January 2005, Mr. Schmid has been Head of Media Policy at Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland and, since 2010, he has been Executive Vice President of Governmental Affairs at RTL Group.
In addition, Mr. Schmid who holds a doctorate in law was also active in the German Association of Private Broadcasters and Telemedia (VPRT) as the chairman of the board from November 2012 until September 2016. From 1999 until the end of 2004, he was working for Home Shopping Europe AG. Here, he was responsible for Law and Media Policy, Human Resources, Internal Audit and Public Relations as General Counsel.
As the Director of the Media Authority of North Rhine-Westphalia, he is also the European Affairs Commissioner of the Conference of Directors of the Media Authorities (DLM) and a deputy member of the Commission for the Protection of Minors in the Media (KJM).
Tobias Schmid is married and has two children. He lives in Cologne, Germany.