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Wed 14 Apr 2010

10 Years of Austria’s "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" celebrated with Special Live Editions

10 Years of Austria’s "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" celebrated with Special Live Editions

ORF 1 – the Austrian state broadcaster celebrated 10 years and 650 editions of “Die Millionenshow” with two special live programmes broadcast from Studio 7 of Euro Media Group’s German subsidiary - nobeo. On Friday 12th and 19th March, host Armin Assinger and ten contestants played a special version of the quiz which featured an audience joker & interactive play from the live audience and the viewing public. With a little luck and a lot of knowledge the viewers had the opportunity to win 5,000 to 15,000 euros.

The Austrian version of "Who wants to be a Millionaire" on ORF is a success story: ORF started in 2000 with the first six shows entitled "Everything is possible - The 10-Million-Show" with host Rainhard Fendrich. Later that year, Barbara Stoeckl took over comparing the show which was then re-titled "The Million Show". Stoeckl was the world’s first female presenter of this format. She hosted 105 editions in which only one contestant was able to answer the "million question" correctly.

Armin Assinger took over presenting the quiz show in 2002. During his term’ there have been five contestants – all female, who have left the studios as millionaires.

The Austrian & German versions of “Who wants to be a Milionaire" have been produced on behalf of Endemol Germany at nobeo Studio 7 since 2000.

Photo: ORF / Milenko Badzic