|Broadcast area||Germany, also distributed nationally in:|
|Picture format||576i (16:9 SDTV)|
|Launched||5 October 1964|
|Former names||Hessisches Fernsehprogramm (1964-1982)|
Hessen Drei (1983-1989)
Hessen 3 (1990-1996)
hessen fernsehen (1997-2004)
hr-fernsehen (3 October 2004-present)
hr-fernsehen is the name of the regional television station of Hessischer Rundfunk for the state of Hesse, Germany.
The television programme focuses on regional reporting. In addition to the afternoon programme hallo hessen and the previous evening tabloid magazine maintower as well as a compact late edition of the regional news, hessenschau kompakt (both Monday to Friday), the daily hessenschau at 7:30 p.m. has above all consolidated itself in the programme as a permanent institution and programme with the highest ratings.
Other programmes include the regional political magazine defacto, the panel shows strassenstars and Wer weiss es?, the business and consumer magazine mex and the cultural magazine hauptsache kultur. Currently the most successful format is the Sunday hessenQuiz with Jörg Bombach. Ranking shows are often broadcast in which the "most popular" or "most beautiful" rivers, castles, mountains in or celebrities from Hesse are presented.
From 1990 to 1993, the channel broadcast the weekly talk show Zeil um Zehn and from 1999 to 2004 from Monday to Friday the Late Lounge moderated by Roberto Cappelluti from 10:00 p.m. on.
Further stopped but occasionally successful formats were the two political talk shows 3-2-1 and Vorsicht! Friedman, the first literary programme on German television bücher, bücher, the animal programme herrchen gesucht, the Stadtgespräch and the c't magazine.
The third television programme of Hessischer Rundfunk was founded on 5 October 1964 under the name Hessisches Fernsehprogramm. Its registered office is in Frankfurt am Main. In the last few decades, the name, logo and appearance of the program have changed several times. Between 1983 and 1997 the programme was called Hessen Drei and from 1997 to 2004 hessen fernsehen. Since 3 October 2004 it has been called hr-fernsehen.
Hessen 3 was the only third programme to broadcast television advertising from January 1985 to December 1992. The proceeds were intended to finance the fourth radio programme (hr4). Initial revenues of around DM 15 million a year were generated, most recently they amounted to around DM 12 million. In the 1987 Interstate Broadcasting Treaty (Rundfunkstaatsvertrag), however, the states agreed that no more advertising should be broadcast in Hessen 3 as soon as the funds required for hr4 from broadcasting fees were available. In 1988 a passage was included in the HR-law, after which the hr was only allowed to broadcast advertising in Hessen 3 until the end of 1992.
Since 5 December 2013, hr television has also been broadcast in HD quality; up to and including 26 January 2015, the broadcast was only upscaled. At Easter 2014 the documentary Hessen von oben was broadcast in native HD as a test.