|German title||ARD focus|
|Original title||ARD focus|
|Country of production||Germany|
|Year (s)||since 1971|
Westdeutscher Rundfunk Cologne
ARD capital studio
|length||Depending on the event, usually 10 to 30 minutes|
|Episodes||at least 901 in 47 seasons|
|irregular → only for important events|
|Theme music||Pink Floyd - Astronomy Domine|
|First broadcast||January 6, 1971 on German television|
ARD-Brennpunkt is a program supplement of the German television station Das Erste , which was first broadcast on January 6, 1971 under the title Im Brennpunkt . This program is broadcast on important events and complements the coverage of the current news programs .
A “focus” is used when there is a particularly great need for information on a current topic that cannot be adequately met within the framework of reporting in the regular information programs. “Focal points” offer in-depth background information and update the news.
Depending on the occasion, the program is usually broadcast after the 8 p.m. edition of the Tagesschau and is around 15 minutes long. Therefore there are delays in the actually planned program. In the event of extraordinary events such as the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 in the USA , this program can also be broadcast during the day and last longer. On March 11, 2011, after the Tōhoku earthquake in Japan, a 41-minute edition produced by NDR was broadcast. On the following six days there was an issue on the resulting nuclear disaster in Fukushima . In addition to the normal contributions, the focal point also offers background information as well as interviews with experts , connections to correspondents and live broadcasts with commentary. In December 2013, the negative award “Golden Günter” in the category “ARD Problem of the Year” was awarded to the ARD focal points. Was criticized u. a. the setting of focal points already when they "can not yet provide any further knowledge".
Two consecutive broadcasts
Two programs on the same evening on different topics and mostly from different broadcasters were broadcast on the following days:
- on December 9, 1992 about the UN mission UNITAF in Somalia and the separation of Prince Charles and Lady Diana ;
- on March 13, 1997 on the coal compromise in the Ruhr mining industry and the state of emergency in Albania;
- on April 21, 1999 on the Kosovo War and Littleton School Massacre
- on July 25, 2000 about the Concorde accident in Paris and the breakdown of the Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations at Camp David ;
- on August 21, 2000 about the sinking of the Kursk and a bus accident;
- on March 17, 2005 about the failed re-election of the Schleswig-Holstein Prime Minister Heide Simonis and the “job summit” in the Federal Chancellery;
- on January 18, 2007 about hurricane Kyrill and the resignation of Edmund Stoiber ;
- on November 5, 2008 about the 2008 presidential election in the United States and a bus accident near Hanover;
- on March 28, 2011 about the state elections in Baden-Württemberg and the nuclear disaster in Fukushima
- on May 16, 2012 about the dismissal of Environment Minister Norbert Röttgen and the chaos at the Bundesliga relegation game in Düsseldorf .
- on July 18, 2014 about the crash of an airplane in eastern Ukraine and the Gaza conflict
- on April 7, 2017 on the terrorist attack in Stockholm and the US missile attack on a Syrian military airport .
- on October 9, 2019 about the attack in Halle (Saale) and Turkey's military offensive against the Kurdish YPG in northeast Syria .
The broadcast will each of the state broadcasting corporation of the ARD produced, which is responsible for the area, which is assigned to the event geographically. For example, the ARD focus is produced by Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR) when an event affects Bavaria , as this is the broadcasting area of the BR, or Italy , since the BR is responsible for reporting from Italy within the ARD. In the case of important events that cannot be geographically assigned, a state broadcaster takes over the production, which has special thematic competencies. For example, the ARD focal point for Jürgen Klinsmann's resignation as national coach was produced by WDR , as the WDR also produces the ARD sports program Sportschau .
Accordingly, different moderators are deployed, depending on the state broadcaster producing . Among others, this program is broadcast by Ellen Ehni (WDR), Stefan Raue (MDR), Andreas Cichowicz (NDR), Christian Nitsche (BR), Jörg Schönenborn (WDR), Fritz Frey (SWR), Jörg Armbruster (SWR) or Pinar Atalay (NDR) presented.
On the occasion of Horst Köhler's resignation as Federal President , on May 31, 2010 , ARD and ZDF produced a program that was partially broadcast together and ran on ZDF as ZDF special . The part broadcast at the same time with an interview with Chancellor Angela Merkel was moderated by Ulrich Deppendorf (ARD) and Bettina Schausten (ZDF).
The theme music by ARD-Brennpunkt is taken from the opening track Astronomy Domine of the debut album The Piper at the Gates of Dawn by Pink Floyd from 1967. The track was composed by Syd Barrett . In addition, the Morse code for "focal point" was highlighted.
With the broadcast for the state elections in Bavaria 2018 on October 15, 2018, the focal point presented itself with a new logo and a new design, which instead of orange uses blue as the main color.
In addition to the special program Brennpunkt , ARD has included the special program ARD Extra in its program since March 2020 .