Grimme Institute

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The Grimme Institute - Society for Media, Education and Culture mbH (until 2010 Adolf Grimme Institute , abbreviated AGI ) is a non-profit research and service organization that deals with media and communication.

The institute is based in Marl and annually awards the Grimme Prize for high-quality television programs. It is named after the German politician and first general director of the Northwest German Broadcasting Corporation (NWDR), Adolf Grimme . The shareholders are the German Adult Education Association (DVV), the North Rhine-Westphalia Film Foundation , WDR , ZDF , the North Rhine-Westphalia State Agency for Media , the City of Marl and the State of North Rhine-Westphalia .

The director of the institute is the lawyer Frauke Gerlach.


Grimme Institute in Marl

The director of the Marl educational institute “die insel”, Bert Donnepp , initiated the establishment of the institute by the German Adult Education Association (DVV) on September 23, 1973. The institute's task was initially to find ways of linking adult education centers with television and to improve further training opportunities in the field of media. It was also entrusted with the preparations for the Adolf Grimme Prize, which has been awarded since 1964. Until Peter von Rüden was appointed first head of the AGI on October 1, 1974 , the DVV headed the institute. The AGI employed four people until 1975; at the end of 1980, the institute employed 29 people. In 1977 the institute moved into its own building at the end of Adolf-Grimme-Strasse not far from the new city center of Marl. From 1983 the AGI developed into a media-political and media-cultural center. After ten years as director of the institute, Peter von Rüden was replaced by Hans Janke . In 1989 Lutz Hachmeister was appointed head of the AGI for six years. In 1995, Hans Paukens became the head of the facility. Bernd Gäbler has headed the institute since 2001 , which was replaced in 2005 by Uwe Kammann, previously editor-in-chief of epd-medien . Kammann retired at the end of April 2014.

In September 2010, the European Center for Media Competence (ecmc), also located in Marl, merged with the Adolf Grimme Institute . The media institute, which has now been expanded to 30 employees, operates under the name Grimme Institute . With this change of name, the logo also changed.


The tasks of the institute include the observation, analysis and evaluation of media offers and developments, as well as the transfer of skills and knowledge between social groups. The clients of the Grimme Institute include broadcasters, media companies, state media authorities, ministries, foundations and educational organizations.

The institute is best known for the Grimme Prize, which has been awarded annually since 1964 . In addition to the television award, the institute has also awarded the Grimme Online Award for new media since 2001 . In 2010 the jury work for the German Radio Prize was added. The institute has been organizing the Marl Media Culture Days since the 1990s . The Grimme Institute also stands for qualified educational opportunities for media practitioners and broad sections of society.


The Grimme Academy is attached to the institute. A separate training and further education program for the media industry is offered here.


Analyzes of our own studies and investigations into the use and program development of television, radio and the press are published in numerous publications. The magazine grimme (formerly further education and media (W & M) ) also appears and provides information on current topics in the media industry. More extensive media studies are published in Edition Grimme . The Grimme Institute also publishes the television yearbook every year .


  • Adolf Grimme Institute (Ed.): 25 years of the Adolf Grimme Institute. In: Grimme - magazine for programming, research and media production , March 2003

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  1. The Grimme Institute ( Memento of the original from March 4, 2016 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. , accessed May 19, 2011  @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  2. Grimme Institute: Ceremony for the newly formed Grimme Institute in Marl. ( Memento of the original from April 11, 2016 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. Press release dated December 8, 2010 @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  3. Grimme Institute loses its "Adolf": Critique ,, December 12, 2010

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