WDR television

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WDR television
Station logo
TV station ( public service )
Program type Full program
reception Digital: DVB-T2 , DVB-C , DVB-S , IPTV
Image resolution 576i ( SDTV )
720p ( HDTV ) (WDR HD via Sat / Cable / IPTV)
1080p ( HDTV ) (WDR HD via DVB-T2)
Start of transmission December 17, 1965
Seat Cologne , GermanyGermanyGermany 
Broadcaster West German Broadcasting Cologne
Intendant Tom Buhrow
List of TV channels
Funkhaus Düsseldorf

WDR television is the regional television program of West German Broadcasting for the state of North Rhine-Westphalia .


The program began broadcasting on December 17, 1965 under the name Westdeutsches Fernsehen (WDF) . In 1988 the program was renamed West 3 and has been broadcasting under the current name since 1994.

Since 1991 a distinction has been made between full programs and specialty programs in the State Broadcasting Agreement and WDR television has been assigned to full programs.

On April 30, 2012, an HD simulcast in the high-resolution 720p format started . However, only WDR Cologne is broadcast consistently in HD. All other HD channels use a DVB feature that allows the same video signal to be used by several channels of a transponder: at local time they use the SD signal of the local programs, the rest of the time a generic HD signal.

Since August 2015 the WDR has been broadcasting in HD via DVB-T2 as a test in Cologne and Bonn .

Since October 25, 2016 WDR Köln HD has been fed into the entire cable network of Unitymedia . Thus, in addition to North Rhine-Westphalia, you can now also see WDR in HD in Baden-Württemberg and Hesse .

Well-known programs

From 1966 on, the art historian Wibke von Bonin built up the visual arts department , which she headed until 1996. Her most famous television series was 1000 Masterworks , which ran from 1981 to 1994. The WDR and WDF show Ende offen was a very well-known talk show in the late 1960s and early 1970s . In 1971 the format caused a sensation when the former manager of the band Ton Steine ​​Scherben , Nikel Pallat , tried to smash the table in the studio with a hatchet he had brought with him after a panel discussion on the subject of Pop & Co - the other music between protest and commerce . which he did not succeed. Then he took the table microphones and said that he could use them in his work with inmates in a correctional facility . Before the WDR or WDF could intervene in the situation, 45 seconds were broadcast live on German television screens.

With its multiple award-winning political talk show Hart but fair with Frank Plasberg , WDR television achieved above-average ratings nationwide; in October 2007 the format changed to first . Once a week on Sundays, Westpol provides information about state politics in North Rhine-Westphalia. In the past, the political magazine ZAK attracted attention. Since September 2003, WDR Fernsehen has been producing Cosmo TV, the only program on German television that specifically deals with the issues of migration and integration in Germany and addresses both viewers with a migration background, especially young people, as well as the broader public.

WDR TV is also known for information programs such as Markt , Hier und heute and Servicezeit (health, mobile, family, living & gardening and eating & drinking) .

The talk radio Domian , which was broadcast from 1995 to 2016 , also gained national recognition. Presenter Jürgen Domian was awarded the Medal of Merit of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2003 for his social commitment in the program .

From 2000 many documentary soaps were broadcast such as Der Trödel-King (with Roland Beuge), Dr. House - The Great Real Estate Check and Yvonne Willicks - The Great Household Check . One of the first documentary soaps is the weight loss in Essen , which was awarded the Adolf Grimme Prize in 2000 . Likewise were the Fussbroichs the WDR broadcast.

Many entertainment programs have or had their home on WDR television . These include Harald Schmidt's programs Pssst… and Schmidtanders , which were later incorporated into Das Erste , as well as Zimmer frei! , Dittsche and Zeigler's wonderful world of football .

The science editorial team with its moderator Ranga Yogeshwar enjoys a high reputation above all for quarks and co .

The hobby counter with Jean Pütz is also legendary , in which, for example, a modular detergent was presented for the first time or other practical everyday knowledge was imparted. In this context, the WDR Computer Club with its editors / moderators Wolfgang Back and Wolfgang Rudolph should not be forgotten - both had popularization between 1981 and 2003 with their own developments such as “Know-How Computer” and “Videodat” and the active BTX and Internet popularization inspires entire generations of technicians.

The children's program from WDR television is nationwide successful: The show with the mouse , knowledge makes Ah! , nine and a half and Käpt'n Blaubär are produced here.

In 1978 WDR TV was awarded the German Critics' Prize for broadcasting the US television series Holocaust - The History of the Weiss Family .


Early shift in Cologne local time during filming

WDR television relies heavily on regional information. Besides its own, from the newsroom in Cologne produced, newscasts WDR current and topical interest with several issues daily and taking over the evening news is the program on weekdays at 10:00 am, 18:00 pm and at 19:30 for the Local time divided into eleven regional programs.

Regionalization began on October 1, 1984 with the broadcast of regional "window programs", initially from Düsseldorf , Cologne , Münster , Bielefeld and Dortmund . In 1991 the Fenster Südwestfalen followed (broadcast was initially from Dortmund, since 1992 from Siegen ), in April 1996 the Fenster from Wuppertal , in November of that year Aachen followed , and in 1997 Essen . The last two windows started on February 1, 2007 in Bonn and Duisburg ; Together with the establishment of a correspondent's office in Paderborn , the so-called regionalization is completed, according to the director of the WDR.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Action week on the analog-digital switch ( Memento from February 22, 2013 in the Internet Archive )
  2. More HD channels accessed on November 1, 2016.
  3. http://www.ndr.de/fernsehen/sendung/hitlisten_des_nordens/hitlisten303_item-22663_liste-101.html ( Memento from March 24, 2013 in the Internet Archive )
  4. The ax in the talk show ( Memento from September 23, 2009 in the Internet Archive )
  5. Domian personally ( Memento from May 11, 2012 in the Internet Archive )