MDR television

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MDR television
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TV station ( public service )
Program type Full program
reception Digital: DVB-T2 , DVB-C , DVB-S , DVB-S2 , IPTV
Start of transmission January 1, 1992
Seat Leipzig , GermanyGermanyGermany 
Broadcaster Central German radio
Intendant Karola will
List of TV channels

Since 1992, MDR Fernsehen has been the regional television program of Central German Radio for the three states of Saxony , Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia .

Since 1996, MDR television has been the third most watched television program on ARD ; In 2017, the market share in the responsible transmission area was 13% on the main evening between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Since December 5, 2013, MDR television has also been broadcast in HD . The station design was updated on January 1, 2017, the bar next to the logo has now been removed.


Well before the start of broadcasting in 1992, there were legal predecessor companies from which the Mitteldeutsche Rundfunk and finally the MDR television developed. Broadcasting in the field of radio broadcasting was mainly disseminated through these various companies. Already in the years 1924 to 1933 there was the initially private, then semi-public MIRAG ( Mitteldeutsche Rundfunk AG ). After that, the fully nationalized Mitteldeutsche Rundfunk GmbH was responsible from 1933 to 1934. The following years from 1934 to 1945 there was the Reichsender Leipzig for broadcasting, then from 1945 to 1952 the Landessender Leipzig / Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk. At the time of the German Democratic Republic from 1952 to 1990, however, there was no independent organization within the centralized broadcasting system of the GDR; the television programs of the German television broadcasting company (GDR 1 and 2, 1990: DFF 1 and 2, from December 1990: DFF country chain) were broadcast nationwide. broadcast. In the run-up to the winding up of the DFF as stipulated in Article 36 of the Unification Treaty by December 31, 1991 at the latest, the states of Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia founded Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk on May 31, 1991, with headquarters in Leipzig. The MDR television started broadcasting on January 1, 1992 at midnight - immediately after the DFF had finished broadcasting.

Legal basis

The legal basis for the Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk is the State Treaty on Central German Broadcasting of May 30, 1991. This imposes and writes down the task of broadcasting on the state broadcasting corporation. In concrete terms, this means that the MDR must integrate information and education as well as advice and entertainment in terms of program content and should take appropriate account of the division of the transmission area into countries. The program principles explicitly oblige the MDR to promote solidarity in the unified Germany.


The most important supervisory body for the MDR is the 43-member Broadcasting Council of Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk , which represents the interests of the general public. It is made up of one representative from each of the state governments, representatives from at least two state parliaments, and representatives of certain “socially significant organizations and groups” proportionally distributed among the state treaty states. The second supervisory body, the administrative board primarily equipped with economic control powers, has seven members, three from Saxony and two each from Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia. A director elected by the Broadcasting Council on the proposal of the Board of Directors is responsible for operation and programming for a period of six years. The MDR is subdivided into a legal department, program directors for radio and television, an administrative and operational directorate as well as three regional broadcasting houses.

Distribution channels

MDR television is broadcast both via the terrestrial network as well as satellite and cable networks, as well as via the Internet via Telekom Entertain , Zattoo and MagineTv .

Station logos


MDR television is the third television program for the states of Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia. For the three regional news magazines, the MDR television is switched from 7:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. every day. The main news program MDR aktuell is broadcast daily at 7.30 p.m., further editions are made Sunday to Friday at 9.45 p.m., on Saturdays also later, and from Monday to Friday at 5.45 p.m. In addition, there are other short editions distributed throughout the day, as MDR aktuell Eins30. The MDR television has its own teletext , as well as an Internet offer . Mitteldeutsche Rundfunk produces an 11.45 percent share in the ARD joint program "Das Erste". The broadcaster is also involved in the satellite programs 3sat, Arte, KiKA and Phoenix. The program of MDR television can also be received in the digital program bouquet of ARD Digital. The KiKA (children's channel) of ARD and ZDF is located in the MDR location in Erfurt (Thuringia) and is managed by MDR. In addition, the MDR maintains state broadcasting houses in the state capitals (Dresden, Magdeburg and Erfurt), these produce, in addition to the national magazines, also country-specific contributions and magazines for the main program of MDR television. Current regional information and reports are also included here.

Regional news magazines

The regional magazines Sachsenspiegel , Sachsen-Anhalt heute and Thüringen Journal are broadcast Mondays to Sundays from 7:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The regional programs mentioned are broadcast via cable, terrestrial ( DVB-T ) and DVB-S .

The magazines report in detail on events in the broadcasting area in mostly four reports. There is also a short message block. At the end of the programs, the news and results from the sports sector are usually broadcast. The broadcasts are concluded with the weather forecast at the end. Information from different weather providers as well as different weather announcers are used.

Well-known programs


Every first and third Tuesday of the month the science magazine is broadcast in the evening program and is moderated by Sven Voss . The program goes into a wide variety of scientific and scientific findings and provides the viewer with an interesting and comprehensive knowledge of research, science and technology. Sometimes the popular real-life experiment is carried out and analyzed in great detail.


This magazine is intended as a news magazine and deals with special topics or focuses from different layers of society. Here you can also find current articles and those that are taken from the middle of life. For example, about collecting debts or child poverty. The show is broadcast every Wednesday at 8:15 p.m. in the evening program and is moderated by Annett Glatz.

MDR time travel ,

From 2007 to 2011 BARBAROSSA - the history magazine of the MDR, from 2011 to 2015 history of Central Germany - the magazine, is a television program produced by Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk (MDR) and broadcast on MDR television. This broadcast brings history from the broadcast area to the screen. People, locations and events from the historical past of the region are processed and brought closer in documentary-like films with verifiable facts and sources, writings and interpretations. It is currently broadcast weekly on Sunday evenings at 10:15 p.m. on MDR television.


The program, which runs once on Saturday morning, deals with the lives of disabled people. It shows people with their disabilities in normal everyday life, be it at work, in their free time or with their problems in society. She gives support and assistance, but also advice and tips in all areas and situations. The program also offers service and information for non-disabled people. This almost 30-minute show is moderated by Elke Bitterhof , who was already active on GDR television .


The film magazine shows student films from the media and design courses in the broadcasting area once a month. The contributions of the unmoderated 45-minute program are linked by a design developed by students at the Bauhaus University Weimar. Unicato is accompanied by an academic advisory board. The compilation takes place at the Bauhaus University in Weimar, the final acceptance in the MDR State Broadcasting House Thuringia in Erfurt. Unicato first went on air in October 2006.

More broadcasts

Former broadcasts

  • Cafe Trend was a lifestyle program that dealt with current topics from culture, society and life. Every Saturday at 4:00 p.m., Katrin Huss gave a 30-minute show, tracking down trends. Tips and tons of other advice were also presented on the show. The program was discontinued at the end of 2011 in connection with a program reform.
  • Escher - Der MDR-Ratgeber , a consumer protection program by Peter Escher, who sees himself as an advocate for ordinary people . The last broadcast was on November 28, 2013.
  • All the best with Petra Kusch-Lück fell victim to a program reform in 2011.
  • Country time , the broadcast was stopped to switch off the analog satellite on April 30, 2012.
  • Windrose , foreign magazine
  • Bulthaupt in ... , travel magazine
  • To good neighbors, Eastern Europe report
  • The MDR Hit Parade , a quarterly entertainment program
  • Folk Music Crown - The award was given to artists who had won an award in the field of folk music in the previous year or who had a particular success. There were also prizes of honor.
  • Wernesgrüner Musikantenschenke , a folk music show
  • The German hit magazine - Bernhard Brink presented hits and news from the German hit scene.
  • inka! - Inka Bause welcomed established music stars as well as young talents from a selected region in the area of ​​the MDR broadcasting area in her show .
  • Among Us - Stories from Life , was a talk show that was broadcast twice a month on MDR television between November 1994 and June 2016.


The MDR logo in general is composed of a font by Phil Baines (Fuse) called "FF You can read me". For the 15th anniversary of MDR television, the station received one of the most important design awards in Europe, the silver ISIS Award. The award was given on April 20, 2007 in Berlin as part of the PROMAX & BDA Europe Conference. In the “Best On Air Branding” category, MDR television was honored for its new TV design in 2007.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. MDR television number 1 for the first time in prime time in central Germany. Accessed December 30, 2019 . on
  2. From December 5, 2013 MDR will start high-resolution television broadcasting on, accessed on December 30, 2019
  3. No time for love: Katrin Huss leaves "MDR at 4". In: Leipziger Volkszeitung . July 14, 2016, accessed December 30, 2019 .
  4. MDR television wants to rejuvenate the program - Inka Bause fulfills the wishes of viewers. In: Leipziger Volkszeitung . December 9, 2011, accessed December 30, 2019 .