RBB Fernsehen
Broadcast areaGermany
HeadquartersBerlin, Germany
Potsdam-Babelsberg, Germany
Picture format720p HDTV
(downscaled to 16:9 576i for the SDTV feed)
OwnerRundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg
Launched29 February 2004; 19 years ago (2004-02-29)
Former namesrbb Brandenburg
rbb Berlin
Streaming media
RBB LivestreamWatch Live
rbb headquarters in Berlin
rbb headquarters in Potsdam
rbb presenter Madeleine Wehle
Kurt Krömer
rbb presenter Ulli Zelle

RBB Fernsehen (stylized as rbb fernsehen) is a German free-to-air television channel owned and operated by Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (RBB) and serving Berlin and Brandenburg. It is one of the seven regional "third programmes" that are offered within the federal ARD network.


On 1 May 2003, ORB-Fernsehen was renamed to RBB Brandenburg and SFB1 to RBB Berlin. However, until 28 February 2004, two different programs continued to be broadcast. On 10 November 2003, the joint broadcasts rbb um 6 and zibb – zuhause in Berlin und Brandenburg started. On February 29, 2004, the merger of both stations to rbb Fernsehen took place. In the summer of 2004, the program Im Palais went on the air and from 23 September 2004, Kurt Krömer started his own show. On January 23, 2007, polar bear Knut made his first appearance in a contribution to the Berliner Abendschau, which later triggered a Knut cult. From then on the rbb produced several documentaries about the polar bear for rbb Fernsehen and Das Erste. On 5 September 2009 rbb Fernsehen and Arte broadcast the 24-hour documentary about Berlin in real time 24h Berlin. This was shot exactly one year before by 80 shooting teams in HD quality. Until November 2009, Michael Kessler drove through Berlin with the in October 2006 started Berliner Nacht-Taxe.

At the end of 2009, the rbb announced the cessation of the cinema magazine Filmvorführer and the environmental and science program Ozon [de] which was already aired at Deutscher Fernsehfunk since November 1989. Ozon should be divided into the two formats "Ozon – Die Reportage" and "Ozon – Der Film", which should deal in 30 minutes only with a theme of science and environmental protection. The programs projectionist was set at the end of 2009. After protests against the cessation of Ozon the program has been continued since May 2010 as a monothematic report unter the OZON unterwegs label.[1][2][3] Since 10 May 2010, Brandenburg aktuell is broadcast with a new design and a newly designed studio. As of 23 August 2010, a new series with Michael Kessler (Kesslers Expedition) was started.

Since 13 August 2012, rbb Fernsehen broadcast with a new design and the new slogan Das volle Programm ("The full program").[4] In addition to an expanded regional offer, documentation and entertainment were also broadcast.

On 28 August 2017, design and slogan were changed again. Bloß nicht langweilen ("Do not get bored") replaced Das volle Programm.


Regional variations

There is a separate program window broadcast every day for 30 minutes starting at 7.30 pm where Brandenburg aktuell is broadcast on the Brandenburg transmitters and Berliner Abendschau on the Berlin one's.


rbb Fernsehen started broadcasting in HD quality (720p) via Astra 19.2°E on 5 December 2013.[5]

Logo history









  1. ^ Pressemitteilung des RBB vom 6. November 2009
  2. ^ Märkische Allgemeine Zeitung: Politiker und Wissenschaftler protestieren gegen Formatänderung des RBB-Magazins „Ozon“ bei prowissen-potsdam.de, 21. Januar 2010
  3. ^ Pressemitteilung der Grünen Liga: Für den Erhalt des Wissenschafts- und Umweltmagazins Ozon - gegen eine Änderung des Sendeformates
  4. ^ „Das volle Programm“ – Neue Akzente im rbb Fernsehen
  5. ^ Schreck, Volker (3 December 2013). "- rbb Fernsehen kommt ab 5. Dezember in HD-Auflösung". rbb-online.de. Retrieved 4 November 2017.