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Reception: Analog: Cable
digital: DVB-T , DVB-T2 , DVB-C , DVB-S , DVB-S2 , IPTV
Seat: Erfurt , GermanyGermanyGermany 
Language: German
Broadcasting company: State broadcasters of the ARD , ZDF
Resolution: 576i ( SDTV )
720p ( HDTV ) (KiKA HD)
Head of Program: Astrid Plenk
Start of broadcast: January 1, 1997
Legal form: Public law
Program type: Specialized program (children)
Market share: 1.2% (2013)
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KiKA logo until February 13, 2012

KiKA [ ˈkiːkaː ] (former spelling : KI.KA ) is a public television channel operated by ARD and ZDF for children and young people.

History and station profile

The station went on air on January 1, 1997 under the name Der Ki nder ka nal from ARD / ZDF . It has been called KI.KA since May 1, 2000, and KiKA in a different spelling since February 14, 2012 . The children's channel, which is based in Erfurt , is a joint program of ARD and ZDF, half of which are involved. The MDR takes on the lead as well as the ARD coordination. As a special -interest program of the public broadcasting corporations, KiKA is ad-free and offers a target group-oriented program for three to 13 year old viewers. Animated and real-life programs are broadcast alongside series and feature films, magazines and information programs.

On January 1, 2003, the closing time was moved from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. A night loop is broadcast between 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. (only via DVB-T2 , DVB-S , IPTV and, depending on the cable network operator, via DVB-C ; otherwise, other channels, e.g. ZDFneo on DVB-T ) are broadcast . In 2009 the broadcaster planned to extend the broadcasting time further until 11 p.m. The reason was the changed viewing time in children . But this project turned out to be problematic because the ZDF held back. The extension failed and KiKA continues to broadcast until 9:00 p.m.

On February 14, 2012, KiKA received not only a new station design, but also a new station logo. The new design and logo are "optimized online" and appear "more youthful". The KiKA website,, also changed its design in February.

Since April 30, 2012, the station has also been broadcast in HD in parallel .

Program development

Start time

In the early years of the station, the program consisted mainly of series and programs that could already be seen in the programs of ARD and ZDF. Entire broadcasts were also broadcast simultaneously on the mother’s channels and on the children's channel, for example the ZDF afternoon program at the time. Magazine programs such as Tabaluga tivi , Löwenzahn and the program with the mouse were also broadcast on KiKA in addition to their previous slots. Both German and international series were in the KiKA program. This included cartoon classics from the 1970s and 1980s (e.g. Heidi , Die Biene Maja , Wickie or Nils Holgersson ) as well as real series (e.g. Neues vom Süderhof or Ocean Girl ). Classics of children's television such as the Astrid Lindgren films or the Augsburger Puppenkiste also had their regular place in the program.

Gradually there were more and more first broadcasts of various programs in KiKA. These included, for example, the series Schloss Einstein , The Tribe or the Teletubbies .

Development in recent years

Some of the most famous characters on German children's television are displayed in Erfurt, the headquarters of the KiKA: the little sandman in front , behind the mouse and elephant from the show with the mouse
Plastic figure of Bernd das Brot at the fish market in Erfurt

However, there have been significant changes to the program over the last few years. Although it was one of the goals of the children's channel from the beginning to show both real and animated series, the proportion of animated series is now up to 85 percent of the overall program. Most series are repeated after their end, sometimes several times in a row. Many series are now, as with some private broadcasters, broadcast in double episodes. The difference between weekday and weekend programs is disappearing more and more, as many series are broadcast daily. Some series like Here's Ian , Pet Alien or Au Schwarte! are almost always in the program.

The Augsburger Puppenkiste, which for a long time had its fixed program place on Saturday and Sunday mornings, had not been shown in KiKA for four years since the beginning of 2004, but returned to the program in April 2008. But most of the older series that were repeated regularly between 1997 and 2004 are no longer broadcast. In part, it is because ARD or ZDF no longer have the corresponding broadcasting rights (such as Ocean Girl, The Tribe or Spellbinder - Captured in the past ). Many series, especially older ones, can only be seen on ZDF or third-party programs despite the rights that still exist (such as Pippi Longstocking , Once Upon a Time , Pan Tau ).

In addition to numerous cartoon series, the soap series Schloss Einstein is currently almost the only fictional real series in the daily KiKA program. In addition, another real series is shown in the afternoon and a real series is broadcast in the evening program. Two children's real films (on Fridays and Sundays) continue to run at KiKA, but cartoons are also shown more frequently at this point in time.

“With 'Schloss Einstein', KiKA has set a trend against the stringing together of trick series, which the commercial broadcasters are now following. With our market success, public children's television is forcing our competitors to be more diverse and therefore more quality, ”said the managing director Frank Beckmann to the press at the end of 2007.

KiKA + media library

KiKA's own media library called KiKA + has been available on the Internet since July 1, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. This enabled viewers to find selected programs from the KiKA program and watch them again, as well as access the KiKA live stream. The media library was divided into the three age categories of KiKA: from three years, from six years and from ten years. The Broadcasting Council of Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk approved this new offer in mid-April 2010 as part of the three-step test. In the course of the KiKA design change, the media library was also converted. The change has improved the usability of the media library. Due to the revision of the KiKA website and the adaptation to current multimedia developments, the separate KiKA + media library was no longer available on November 12, 2014 . Programs that have already been shown, exclusive online videos and the KiKA live stream can now be found directly on The aim is to interlink TV content and online pages more closely.

Comparison with private television

A similar development took place many years earlier in private competing programs. From the very beginning , Super RTL showed almost exclusively cartoon series, while RTL II had a children's film on Saturdays and Nickelodeon showed real series such as Clarissa in the afternoons . The children's films have almost completely disappeared from the Super RTL and Nickelodeon programs. Films are only shown on the weekend on Super RTL, Nickelodeon , and on the now free-to-air Disney Channel , mostly as a repeat of the evening broadcast (Nickelodeon repeats the film from the day before on Sunday). In contrast to Super RTL and Nickelodeon , KiKA broadcasts 63 percent of content produced in Europe, of which 49 percent was produced in Germany and 14 percent abroad. In 2008, KiKA produced 54 percent of its content itself and bought 46 percent. In 2008, however, Super RTL bought 91 percent and produced nine percent itself.

Regular broadcasts (selection)


STUDIOPARK KinderMedienZentrum, a location for the series Schloss Einstein
  • : After the start of the seriesin 2005 with episodes from Leipzig, three more teams started with premieres in October 2007. The cities of Jena (MDR), Erfurt (KiKA), Hamburg (NDR), Stuttgart (SWR) and from 2010 also Frankfurt (hr) are the locations of the 45-minute films. 32 cases were resolved by 2013.
  • Die Pfefferkörner : Child detective series with so far 208 episodes (1999 to 2019). The peppercorns are determined Monday through Friday at 1:40 p.m.
  • KiKA LIVE : ten-minute magazine broadcast, Monday to Thursday at 8:00 p.m., in which topics suggested by viewers are dealt with. The program was originally (since 2004)moderatedby Lukas Koch , and Tanja Mairhofer joined in2005. Since March 2009, Ben has been moderatinginstead of Lukas Koch. Tanja Mairhofer left the station at the end of 2009, and Jessica Schöne has been moderatingthe programsince January 2010.
  • The best class in Germany : Since 2008, 6th and 7th grades have determined the best class in Germany. Thequiz moderatedby Malte Arkona deals with questions from all areas of knowledge. After several weekly duels, there will be a superfinal at the end. The winning class can travel abroad.
  • 1, 2 or 3 : game show for three children's teams from three countries. Started in 1977 on ZDF . The current moderator is Elton . Broadcast on Sundays at 5:00 p.m.
  • Suggestion box : Weekly advice broadcast, on changing topics such as “How does the first kiss work?”, “Bad grades”, “In love with your friend's best friend”, “Bullying”, “Smoking” or “Lovesickness”, audience questions are clarified and tips are given .
  • logo! is achildren's news program broadcast live once a day.
  • Lollywood : KiKA runs films under this collective title on Fridays from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Saturday cinema : This collective term is used to show feature films on Saturdays at 1:35 p.m.
  • Sunday fairy tales: Sundays at 12:00 p.m. both well-known and unknown fairy tale films are shown.
  • Siebenstein : Stories from a second-hand shop about Mrs. Siebenstein, the raven Rudi and the suitcase. The episodes will air at 10:40 a.m. on Sundays.
  • Löwenzahn : Knowledge series with Peter Lustig . Lustig was replaced at the end of 2006 by Fritz Fuchs ( Guido Hammesfahr ). The individual episodes run on Sundays at 11:05 a.m.
  • Look into my world! : Follow-up to to be continued , the documentary series features stories from children in the world and airs on Sundays at 8:35 pm.
  • Einstein Castle : Daily soap opera about life in a boarding school. The series has been running since 1998 with so far (April 2020) 974 episodes in 23 seasons. After 480 episodes in the fictional town of Seelitz, the episodes have been playing in Erfurt since episode 481 (2008).
  • The program with the mouse is shown on Sundays at 11:30 a.m.
  • Our sandman : daily evening greeting at 6:50 p.m., in which an instructive or funny three-minute story is shown.
  • Willi wants to know : reports for children. Moderator Helmar Willi Weitzel visits different locations and accompanies interesting people, such as a stuntman , veterinarian or firefighter in their daily work. Children are also told taboo subjects such as illness, death or being socially marginalized. Willi wills Wissen ran from 2002-2010 with a total of 174 episodes on Bavarian television . A kind of short form of the program Gutefrage, next question deals with submissions from viewers in a summary. At Willi wills Wissen von AZ , excerpts from the series are shown using letters from the alphabet.
  • Knowledge makes Ah! is a weekly knowledge magazine produced since 2001 with Shary Reeves , Ralph Caspers and Clarissa Corrêa da Silva , in which five topics are explained using film excerpts and experiments.
  • You're not a werewolf - About life in puberty : Child-friendly education since 2011 in 26 episodes so far with Christine Henning and Ralph Caspers.
  • Animated cartoon classics: KiKA regularly shows cartoon series from the 70s and 80s in the evening program , such as B. Wickie and the strong men or Pinocchio , but also current series such as SimsalaGrimm , Oiski! Poiski! , The little bear , The little polar bear , Yakari , Maya the bee , Wickie and the strong men , Heidi and Nils Holgersson .
  • Checker Can , Checker Tobi and Checker Julian : The discovery show for primary school children has been running regularly at KiKA since 2011. Each episode is about a specific topic. One of the checkers, Can Mansuroglu , Tobias Krell or Julian Janssen , asks questions and tries to answer them on the show. The CheXperiment offshoot has also existed since 2014, in which Krell is facing a challenge.
  • Paula, Anna and the wild animals : wildlife reports for children. For the individual episodes, one of the reporters - " Paula " or " Anna " - travels all over the world in search of wild animals in their natural environment. Since 2014 Annika Preil has also been running the branch Anna and the Pets .
  • Beutolomäus : Since 1997. It is Santa's only true sackand it always runs at Christmas time.
  • Timster has been a weekly media magazine for elementary school students with Tim Gailus that has been produced since 2015. Each episode deals with media topics such as network culture, movies, children's and youth literature, video games and media professions.


  • Rocket Power : Was broadcast on KiKA from 2002 to 2005. When Nickelodeon (then Nick) went back on the air in 2005, they took over the show. KiKA bought this series. This was not an in-house production by KiKA, but by Nickelodeon.
  • Tabaluga tivi : game show and magazine with Tom Lehel as the studio presenter and Simone Reuthal as the external reporter. The program ran from 1997 to 2011 on ZDFtivi and KiKA.
  • If. Then. The show! was the children's channel's largest in-house production and wasmoderatedby Wolfgang Lippert and external reporters Juri Tetzlaff , Singa Gätgens , Franziska Rubin and Karsten Blumenthal . The game show ran on Saturday afternoons in 1998 and 1999.
  • Pumuckl TV , later Kobold TV, was a BR TV showthat was most recentlymoderatedby Singa Gätgens and Christian Polito . The television show featured Cool or Crash, as well as an episode of Pumuckl and an animated series.
  • In action school prank classrooms were renovated. The show began in 2007 and was discontinued that same year.
  • Auweia was a hidden camera variant for children, moderated by Juri Tetzlaff, Tina Gölker and Cedric Fingler. The program ran from 1998 to 1999 on ZDFtivi and KiKA.
  • DR. MAG Love was the predecessor of the suggestion box. The program was moderated by Béatrice Jean-Philippe .
  • To be continued : Documentaries for children, divided into the three areas of animals (e.g. “Stork Princess”), people (e.g. “Back to life: Vincent has cancer”) and adventure (e.g. “Ice cream on Equator"). The program was broadcast from 2002 to 2012. Until 2011 there was also a magazine in which the stories were told in several episodes.
  • Fun Factory was a creative show for children that was shown on KiKA and ZDF from 2004 to 2006. The show was moderated by Nela Lee and Sebastian Höffner .
  • Limit was the sports magazine at KiKA that reported on sports topics and explained them. Sven Voss was the moderator. The program ran from 2005 to 2006 on KiKA.
  • cross-read was a magazine in which books were presented. The magazine wasmoderatedby Marc Langebeck . Cross-reading was discontinued inJune 2015.
  • The Tribe : New Zealand science fiction series about a future where all adults have died of a virus and children are struggling to survive. So far five seasons with 260 episodes. Is not currently running on KiKA and will no longer be broadcast due to a lack of rights.
  • Adventure action! was a five-part sports show in 2007. The sports show was moderated by Simone Reuthal, Marco Bode (coach) and Norbert König .
  • Christmas Boxx was a show that was broadcast on the Sundays of Advent. The program was moderated by Singa Gätgens and Juri Tetzlaff.
  • Gimme 5 was a show that aired from 2002 to 2004. This program from the KiKA studio was mostly moderated by Pamela Großer , Shary Reeves , Pia Ampaw , Juri Tetzlaff and Kim Adler .
  • Aktiv Boxx was the previous show of Kikania , which was broadcast Monday through Friday at 4 p.m. from 1997 to 2001. The program was ten minutes long and was moderated by Singa Gätgens, Juri Tetzlaff, Franziska Rubin, Angela Fuhrtkamp, ​​Andree Pfitzner and Karsten Blumenthal.
  • Beutolomäus' Advent gossip was a Christmas program that in 2001 was always broadcast on Sunday afternoons on the children's channel. The show was moderated by Beutolomäus Sack and the KiKA moderators Singa Gätgens, Juri Tetzlaff, Angela Fuhrtkamp, ​​Karsten Blumenthal and Andree Pfitzner.
  • Beutolomäus' Advent calendar was published in 2003 and was moderated by Pia Ampaw and Singa Gätgens.
  • Quiz Express was a quiz show in which two teams play against each other on a roller coaster. The moderator Moritz Küffner asked the questions while driving.

see also: List of KiKA programs


  • Adolf Grimme Prize 2004 for Tommy Krappweis (for the invention of the KiKA figure Bernd das Brot )
  • Emil prizes for the shows Koch-Charts , : Abzieh , Trickboxx , Hodder saves the world and Pocoyo
  • Robert Geisendörfer Prize for the KiKA figure Beutolomäus
  • Seal of approval of the Erfurt Netcode 2005 and 2007 for
  • Bremen Children's Oscar for 2007
  • Goldener Spatz 2007 for the show - Bunte Bonbons
  • Goldener Spatz 2008 for the show - Flinke Finger
  • Goldener Spatz 2009 for the show - Chatgeflüster
  • Goldener Spatz 2009 for, the KiKA website
  • Goldener Spatz 2010 for the series Schloss Einstein
  • Goldener Spatz 2010 for the docu-soap Die Jungs-WG
  • Kinderothilfe Foundation media award for Stark! Lisandro works 2 , from September 18, 2005, director Manuel Fenn
  • Journalist Prize »Future for Children« ( World Vision Germany ) for Stark! Lisandro works 2 , from September 18, 2005, director Manuel Fenn
  • Robert Geisendörfer Prize 2010 for the program - RECHTE FREUNDE
  • Goldener Spatz 2012 for the preschool series Ene Mene Bu
  • Seal of approval from the Erfurt Netcode 2012 for the KiKA + media library
  • Special prize of the jury, awarded by Radio Bremen and the Bremen State Media Authority for cross-media program information and excellent interaction between TV and Internet 2013 for
  • EMIL “Prize for good children's television” 2013 for KRIMI.DE/ERFURT/MISSBRAUCHT , the preschool magazine I know an animal and the documentary Lilli: Grandpa has Alzheimer's
  • EMIL “Best website for children” 2013 for the website
  • Media award of the German Police Union 2013 for the team from the Leipzig episodes of the KRIMI.DE series
  • Goldener Spatz “Best entertainment program” 2013 for the game show KIKA LIVE Party Check
  • International Rockie Award “Best Non-fictional Children's Program” 2013 for EARTH AN FUTURE
  • Kinderothilfe media award “Children's Rights in One World” 2013 for KRIMI.DE/ERFURT/MISSBRAUCHT
  • didacta "Education Ambassador " 2015
  • GIGA-Maus 2016 in the “Family. The best program to look up ”for the website
  • Grimme Prize 2016 for Ene Mene Bu - and it's your turn
  • Klicksafe Prize 2017 for " Timster "
  • Golden Compass 2017 for the four-part series Scavenger Hunt - Around the World with Christ


Current moderators

Moderator at KiKA Broadcasts)
Singa Gätgens since 1997 Singalarm , dance alarm , KiKA tree house
Yuri Tetzlaff since 1997 KiKA tree house
Alex Huth since 2007 Dance alarm
Ben since 2009 KiKA LIVE , scavenger hunt
Christian Bahrmann since 2009 KiKANiNCHEN
Jessica Schöne since 2010 KiKA LIVE
Julia Becker since 2012 KiKANiNCHEN
Felix Seibert-Daiker since 2012 Earth to future
Stefanie Bock since 2014 KiKANiNCHEN
Tim Gailus since 2015 Timster
Clarissa Corrêa da Silva since 2016 Suggestion box , knowledge makes you ah! , Meet ...
Simon Schneider since 2016 Suggestion box

Former moderators

Moderator at KiKA Broadcasts)
Franziska Rubin 1997-1999 Active Boxx , Game Boxx , Farewell , Expo Boxx , Christmas Boxx , Wenn. Then. The show!
Karsten Blumenthal 1997-2004 KiKA LIVE , Reläxx , Kikania , Weihnachtsboxx , Wenn. Then. The show! , Active Boxx
Wolfgang Lippert 1998-1999 If. Then. The show!
Andree Pfitzner 1998-2002 Kikania , TKKG - The Detective Club , Aktiv Boxx , Christmas Boxx , Trickboxx
Angela Furtkamp 2000-2003 Active Boxx , Kikania , Weihnachtsboxx , TKKG - Clubhouse Detectives
Pia Ampaw 2003-2005 Kikania , KiKA LIVE , Christmas Boxx , game Boxx
Lukas Koch 2002-2009 KiKA LIVE , to be continued , game Boxx , Kikania , space for heroes
Tanja Mairhofer 2005-2009 KiKA LIVE , the show with the elephant
Stephanie Müller-Spirra 2005-2013 KI.KA suggestion box , kailerei
David Friedrich 2017-2018 Suggestion box

Summer tour

Bernd das Brot as a climbing wall on the 2010 summer tour in Hanover
Summer tour 2010 with performances by Chili the Sheep, Bernd the Bread and Briegel the Bush

From 2004 to 2010, the KiKA organized an annual summer tour and visited many German cities. Here the audience could meet moderators and characters from the program and take part in various activities. In 2012, on the occasion of the 15th birthday, there was a party weekend in Erfurt with prominent guests. In 2013 a summer festival took place in Erfurt. The process was based on the previous tour.

Moderators of the KiKA summer tour

  • 2004: Juri Tetzlaff, Singa Gätgens, Pia Ampaw, Lukas Koch and Karsten Blumenthal
  • 2005: Juri Tetzlaff, Singa Gätgens and Lukas Koch
  • 2006: Juri Tetzlaff, Singa Gätgens and Lukas Koch
  • 2007: Juri Tetzlaff, Singa Gätgens and Lukas Koch ( show moderated by Tanja Mairhofer and Stephie Müller-Spirra)
  • 2008: Juri Tetzlaff, Singa Gätgens and Adrian Frontzek ( show moderated by Stephie Müller-Spirra)
  • 2009: Juri Tetzlaff and Singa Gätgens (representing Ben, show moderated by Chris & Kudi)
  • 2010: Juri Tetzlaff, Singa Gätgens, Jessica Lange, Ben and Christian Bahrmann ( KI.KA Summer Tour 2010 - The game moderated by Alex Huth)
  • 2012: Juri Tetzlaff, Singa Gätgens, Jessica Lange and Ben (party weekend for the 15th anniversary of the broadcast)
  • 2013: Singa Gätgens, André Gatzke and Juri Tetzlaff (summer party)


The KiKA can be received in both analog and digital formats via various transmission paths.

Market shares

KiKA's market share in the total audience (from 3 years) and in the target group of 3 to 13 year olds in the years 1997 to 2015
year from 3 years 3–13 years
1997 00.6% k. A.
1998 00.9% k. A.
1999 01.3% k. A.
2000 01.2% k. A.
2001 01.2% k. A.
2002 01.1% k. A.
2003 01.2% k. A.
2004 01.2% k. A.
2005 01.2% 15.6%
2006 01.1% 15.5%
2007 01.2% 17.4%
2008 01.3% 19.5%
2009 01.4% 19.7%
2010 01.4% 20.0%
2011 01.3% 19.9%
2012 01.3% 21.8%
2013 01.2% 20.1%
2014 01.2% 19.7%
2015 01.1% 20.1%
2016 01.1% 19.7%
2017 01.1% 19.2%
2018 00.9% 17.7%
2019 00.9% 17.7%

3–13 years

Since 2005, KiKA has published an annual market share in the target group of three to 13 year olds. Since the start of broadcasting, they have consistently been in second place behind Super RTL . In 2015, KiKA reached the top for the first time with a market share of 20.1 percent, followed by Super RTL with 19.3%. Only the period from 6:00 a.m. to 8:15 p.m. is considered.

From three years

KiKA has published its annual quotas since 1997. After its competitor Super RTL (1.8%), KiKA takes second place among the free-to-air children's television channels in Germany (as of 2015). Currently (as of 2017) KiKA has a market share of 1.1 percent.



In an interview with Frankfurter Rundschau , the inventor of the show with the mouse , Armin Maiwald , described the children's channel's program as: "... just shrill and screamingly colorful [...] Today, millions are fired for sports rights, but savings must be made in the children's program [... ] In any case, the children's channel only serves as an alibi for ARD and ZDF so that they no longer have to show children's programs in their main program. "When asked whether it is good that children between the ages of eleven and 13 watch an average of 100 minutes of television a day, he replied: “Of course not. It's true that there was criticism when we started making television for children. How could we! Everyone who praises us today [...] would have loved to shoot us at the moon back then. Today the development is different. The problem is not with children's television, there is no use keeping the children away from something that the adults do all the time. The problem is the quality of children's television. If they get involved in stores like RTL II , where a trash program is running, then Samson and the Mouse can't help it. [...] I think it is a bad development that ARD is withdrawing more and more from children's programs and leaving children's television to these shops. Years ago there was a long section for children's programs on WDR , which is gone, everything dismantled in favor of some talk shows or other stuff. For 20 years there has only been quota pressure and commerce. ”In response to Armin Maiwald's criticism of the content of the program, ARD coordinator Gerhard Fuchs from BR said:“ The program offers have adapted to the times. In the past, the children played with the model railroad [...] Today they also spend their time on the computer, the game console - and also on the television. ”He continued to admit indirectly that nowadays people focus more on quantity than quality in children's television. In an issue of Fernsehkritik-TV it was criticized, among other things, that the children were “dumbfounded” by mercilessly exposing them to docu-soaps : “Is this compatible with the public education mandate?”

Fraud allegations

On December 7, 2010, the KiKA announced that an employee was suspended on suspicion of infidelity and fraud. The production manager was accused of having invented services worth five million euros paid for with 72 invoices since 2005. Some of the invoice amounts should have flowed into your own pocket. A similar fraud is said to have taken place before 2005 by the employee, who has since been dismissed, but it has already expired. According to media reports, the estimated damage will amount to a total of seven million euros. The allegations about the affected employee are said to have been known to the MDR since 2009 based on information from the 2009 activity report of the MDR anti-corruption officer. The ZDF had also warned the lead MDR early on. The report of the joint revision by MDR and ZDF weighs heavily on the former and now convicted production manager, but also suggests the omissions of others. In December 2012, in connection with the affair, the MDR director also put Steffen Kottkamp, ​​who has been in office since 2008, on leave, and in March 2013 he was dismissed. In January 2014 the termination was reversed in the form of an amicable out-of-court settlement. All allegations were dropped and Kottkamp continued to work retrospectively until the original end of his term of office (December 31, 2013).

Bible series "CHI RHO"

Since November 2010, the program CHI RHO - The Secret has been running daily on KiKA . The series with initially 26 episodes was created with financial support from the Evangelical and Catholic Churches. Udo Hahn , head of the media department of the Evangelical Church in Germany , described the series as “currently the most innovative project to familiarize children with the Bible”. The series aims to bring the Bible closer to children. Critics accuse KiKA of not taking an ideologically neutral position and evangelizing children with religious programs. It was also criticized that the majority of the production costs for the mission broadcast were borne by the taxpayer in the predominantly atheistic federal states of Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia.

"Tahsin's Circumcision Festival"

A program in the series “Schau in meine Welt” scheduled for January 19, 2014 triggered widespread protests on the Internet. According to the official announcement, the circumcision of Tahsin, an eleven-year-old boy from Turkey, will be shown in the episode “Tahsin's Circumcision Festival” . On KiKA it says in the announcement text of the episode, "If I am circumcised, then I am a real man". The program announcement assumes that the forced circumcision of boys is glorified.

With reference to the controversial Circumcision Act, an article appeared on Humanist News that criticized the broadcast of the episode “Tahsin's Circumcision Festival” and referred to the Association of German Pediatricians.

"Malvina, Diaa and love"

In January 2018, the 24-minute documentary “Malvina, Diaa and Love” (author: Marco Giacopuzzi) from the series “ Look into my world! “Media attention. In the program, a 16-year-old German and her Syrian friend report on their love affair. The focus is on relationship problems arising from ideological differences and the question, also discussed with the parents, which compromises Malvina would like to make with regard to Diaa's Islamic-conservative values ​​and behavioral norms and which not. For example, Diaa would like Malvina to stop wearing short clothes, hug her male friends and convert to Islam. Malvina rejects converting to Islam and wearing a headscarf, but refrains from eating pork for her boyfriend and usually wears long clothes. The original sound documentation did not comment on the statements.

After a blogger from the political right-wing spectrum drew attention to the documentary six weeks after it was broadcast and right-wing politicians such as AfD MP Dirk Spaniel expressed themselves as a result, some media were also interested in the format. Politicians like Marcus Weinberg (CDU) and Wolfgang Kubicki (FDP) also criticized the show. In the course of the reporting, KiKA corrected the age of 19-year-old Diaa given in a caption to be 17. The Hessischer Rundfunk supplemented a new broadcast of the documentation with a discussion.

The couple from the documentary was under police protection from mid-January 2018 after both were massively threatened on the Internet.

Program Director

Station logos

See also

Web links

Commons : KiKA  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. audience shares . , 2013, accessed on May 14, 2014 .
  2. ARD and ZDF plan to broadcast KIKA until 11 p.m. In: May 6, 2009, accessed December 27, 2014 .
  3. Jochen Voss: Kika: Extension of the broadcasting time problematic. In: May 29, 2009, accessed December 27, 2014 .
  4. "Fresher & Younger": New coat of paint for the Kika .
  5. Internet presence optimized for the new design . Retrieved February 16, 2012.
  6. ZDF is also launching Ki.Ka and 3Sat in HDTV from May 2012 ( Memento from September 11, 2012 in the web archive ) on from July 14, 2011
  8. Press release on KI.KAplus ( Memento from May 2, 2014 in the Internet Archive )
  9. Information page on the new design ( Memento from February 16, 2012 in the Internet Archive )
  10. Kikaplus in a new design ( Memento from January 6, 2011 in the Internet Archive )
  11. Fresh design with new functions: The relaunch of / newly designed homepage of the children's channel of ARD and ZDF goes online on November 12th
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  14. MDR Aktuell: Golden Sparrow for Schloss Einstein. Retrieved April 30, 2010 .
  15. a b ZDF yearbook 2006 .
  16. Celebrating at the KiKA summer party ( Memento from October 30, 2014 in the Internet Archive )
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