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Deutschlandradio
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Deutschlandradio headquarters in Cologne
TypePublic-service sound broadcasting
Country
Germany
Broadcast area
National
HeadquartersCologne
Programming
Language(s)German
Ownership
Key people
Stefan Raue, Chairman
History
Launch date1994; 28 years ago (1994)
Coverage
Stations
Links
WebcastList of streams
Websitewww.deutschlandradio.de

Deutschlandradio (DLR) (Radio Germany) is a national German public radio broadcaster.

History

Deutschlandfunk was originally a West German news radio targeting listeners within West Germany as well as in neighbouring countries, Deutschlandfunk Kultur is the result of a merger of West Berlin's RIAS station and East Berlin's DS Kultur after German reunification.[1] Both networks that used to broadcast mainly on the AM bands have since spread throughout Germany, having been allocated many additional FM transmitters. However, because of lack of analogue frequencies, during 2003 Deutschlandradio changed its distribution strategy to digital terrestrial transmission.

Stations

It operates four national networks:[2][3]

Dokumente und Debatten is a digital-only special-event channel. It broadcasts coverage of the federal parliament, sports events, talk shows and shipping forecasts. Many of the talk shows are rebroadcasts of the audio portions of TV shows made by ARD, ZDF or Phoenix. [4] It uses digital frequencies of both Deutschlandfunk and Deutschlandfunk Kultur.

Deutschlandfunk Nova is knowledge orientated station, started in 2010, targeting a younger audience, and broadcast only digitally – via satellite, cable, DAB, and online.

Deutschlandradio is based in Cologne, with some departments—including Deutschlandfunk Kultur—based in Berlin.

Branding

On May 1 2017, DRadio Wissen was renamed Deutschlandfunk Nova, Deutschlandradio Kultur was renamed Deutschlandfunk Kultur.[5][6]

Distribution and transmitters

The three programs and the additional special event channel are all distributed terrestrially via Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB+) on a nation-wide single frequency network (SFN) in VHF channel 5C. The coverage at the end of 2019 is for portable indoor reception 85% of the population and for mobile reception 96% of the area of Germany or 99% of the highways respectively.

For an intermediate time the two programs Deutschlandfunk and Deutschlandfunk Kultur are still transmitted in analog way via FM with an average coverage of 64% of the area. The switch over from analogue to digital started in 2015 with the switch-off of medium wave and long wave. In 2018/2019 first small-power FM transmitters were switched-off two. The aim is to further improve the digital terrestrial coverage of DAB+ and to reduce the analogue transmission step by step. For stationary reception the programs are also distributed via satellite on the transponder of ZDF.

Of course the programs are streamed via the internet and available on relevant platforms. Beside the linear programs extensive non-linear content is available via audio-on-demand (podcast, mediathek and various platforms). Deutschlandradio is also very active in social media networks in order to make the content available to all public.

Orchestras and choirs

Deutschlandradio has a 40% share in Rundfunk Orchester und Chöre GmbH, a non-profit organisation which operates:[7][8]

The other shareholders are the Federal Republic of Germany (35%), the State of Berlin (20%) and RBB (5%)

References

  1. ^ "Geschichten vom RIAS – Inspiriert vom amerikanischen Freiheitsversprechen". Deutschlandfunk Kultur (in German). 13 April 2021. Retrieved 13 April 2022.
  2. ^ "Institution – Deutschlandradio –". miz.org (in German). 23 September 2020. Retrieved 13 April 2022.
  3. ^ Schleider, Tim (16 October 2016). "Deutschlandfunk und Deutschlandradio Kultur: Radio, das sich noch lohnt". Stuttgarter Zeitung (in German). Retrieved 13 April 2022.
  4. ^ World Radio Television Handbook (WRTH), pp. 209–211, 2007 edition, and pp. 194–195, 2008 edition
  5. ^ "Deutschlandradio-Programme bekommen neue Namen". Die Welt (in German). 26 April 2017. Retrieved 13 April 2022.
  6. ^ ""Wir brauchen eine klare Absendermarke"". Deutschlandfunk (in German). 13 April 2021. Retrieved 13 April 2022.
  7. ^ "Rundfunk Orchester Chöre Theater aus Berlin in der Firmendatenbank wer-zu-wem.de". wer-zu-wem.de (in German). Retrieved 13 April 2022.
  8. ^ "News – 18. Febr. 2009 – Mehr Geld für Rundfunk Orchester und Chöre GmbH Berlin". miz.org (in German). 18 February 2009. Retrieved 13 April 2022.

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