Markus Lanz Today: Markus Lanz is the presenter and producer of German-Italian television. Lanz belongs to the German-speaking majority in the Italian province of South Tyrol.
It grew up in Geiselsberg, a village in the Central Alps, 1,344 meters above sea level. Lanz said his family was poor and his father died early and his mother had three children to look after.
His good grades earned him a scholarship in the Neustift monastery, where he attended the private school for Catholics.