Natascha Kampusch (born 17 February 1988 in Vienna) is an Austrian television host mostly known for her abduction at the age of 10 on 2 March 1998. Natascha was held in a secret cellar by her kidnapper Wolfgang Priklopil for more than eight years, until she escaped on 23 August 2006. The media attention later led to her signing a contract with Austrian channel Puls 4 for her own talk show. The show had its premiere on 1 June 2008.Kampusch was raised by her mother Brigitta Sirny (ne Kampusch) and her father Ludwig Koch, in Vienna, Austria. Her early life with her mother was reportedly not a happy one, and Ludwig Adamovich, head of a special commission looking into possible police failures in the investigation of the kidnapping, claimed that "the time Kampusch was imprisoned might have been better for her than what she experienced before".
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For all the malfunctions of the past few years, it's assumed the structure of British society can't possibly be refashioned.
At 10am yesterday two radio interviews with Natascha Kampusch - one with Victoria Derbyshire (5 Live), the other with Jane Garvey on Woman's Hour (Radio 4) - were broadcast simultaneously. There were similarities: both were pre-recorded and translated, and left you reeling at how mentally strong Kampusch must have been during her captivity and since.
A British journalist has won a High Court libel action in Austria over claims he made up interviews for a book. Michael Leidig, who owns and runs the news agency Central European News Ltd and is vice chairman of the National Association of Press Agencies, wrote the book about Austrian girl Natascha Kampusch.