Media and Internet Policy

Construction Site Quality Television: Broadcasting, Money and the System


Germany features the most expensive public service television in the world. The two public broadcasters are made up of 26,600 employees, over 100 subsidiaries, 22 TV channels and 64 radio programmes. Still, public service broadcasters need to cut spending – especially on programming. For years, ARD and ZDF have balanced continuously rising administrative expenditures by reducing programme budgets. The reduction of Germany’s mandated licence-fee by 48 Cents has formed a new debate on the quality of public service broadcasting. How will public service television position itself in the coming years? What programme investments are planned in order to cater to the youth audience? How much public service broadcasting does Germany really need anyway?


Dr. Carsten Brosda (Representative for Media of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg)

Thomas Frickel (Regisseur und Filmproduzent, Managing Chairman of AG DOK)

Prof. Hermann Rotermund (Head of the Project "Grundversorgung 2.0" at Leuphana University)



Jo Schück (Moderator Aspekte, ZDF)