- RTL Television
network_name = RTL Television
country = GER
network_type = Direct Broadcast Satellite, Cable and DVB-T (where available)
available = National; also distributed in AUT, CHE, NED, CRO, TUR
Picture format =
SDTVkey_people = Anke Schäferkordt, President
January 2, 1984
past_names = RTL Plus (1984-1992)
website = [http://www.rtl.de/ www.rtl.de]
market share = 12,8 % (2006)
RTL (formerly RTL plus) is a German commercial
television stationdistributed via cable and satellite along with DVB-T(Digital Video Broadcasting - Terrestrial, in larger population centers). It belongs to the RTL Groupand is, in terms of market share, Germany's largest private free-to-airbroadcaster.
It started broadcasting on
January 2, 1984at 5.27pm from VHF channel E7 (system B, color PAL) in Luxembourgand at first only had a theoretical audience of approx. 200,000. Until 1988, when it moved its headquarters to Cologne, Germany, it was considered a Luxembourg-based station.
A spin-off of the German version of Radio Luxembourg, RTL started with a low budget and many of the early hosts simply presented versions of their radio formats adapted for television. One early success was the quiz show "Ein Tag wie kein anderer" (A Day Like No Other), in which candidates were competing for a dream vacation.
RTL plus was famous in its early years for showing low-budget movies and American hit-shows. It was the number 2 commercial broadcaster, which at the time didn't mean much: Only a limited audience with cable could see the new channels, an effect which led to many Germans going to their neighbours to watch that strange new channel from
All that changed when RTL moved to
Cologneand, in return, received the right to broadcast on terrestrial frequencies. That same year, RTL acquired the first-run right to the prestigious German Bundesliga. Deals with Cannon, which at the time was successful with films like "Highlander" and, one year later, with Universal Studios, finally provided first-class movies for the channel.
More and more people started to watch the channel, which soon also became famous for its edgy own productions - a welcome change to the shows on public channels that had become to be perceived as old-fashioned. RTL was notorious for showing 70s
soft pornevery Saturday night at 11.00.
It became the market leader in the early 90s.Fact|date=September 2008
It is now the primary channel of the RTL Group's German television stations, which also include
RTL 2, Super RTL, VOX and n-tv.
News / News Magazines
Punkt 6on weekdays, at 6 o'clock a.m. (Punkt means point)
Punkt 9on weekdays, at 9 o'clock a.m.
Punkt 12on weekdays, at 12 o'clock p.m.
RTL Aktuellmain news programbroadcast daily at 18:45. The head anchor man is Peter Kloeppel.
RTL NachtjournalEvery night, about midnight
Explosivdaily tabloid programme with anchors Janine Steegerand Nazan Eckes.
Exclusivcelebrity news programme with anchor woman Frauke Ludowigand Leonard Diepenbrock.
Stern TV newsmagazinebased on the print magazine "Stern" hosted by Günther Jauch.
Spiegel TV newsmagazinebased on the print magazine " Der Spiegel" hosted by Maria Greszand Hendrik Voehringer.
Extra - Das RTL-Magazin, a weekly magazine hosted by Birgit Schrowange
Punkt 6, 9, 12, RTL Aktuell, RTL Nachtjournal are from one group. It's the same design and you see it belongs together.
Wer wird Millionär?German version of Celador format " Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" hosted by Günther Jauchsince 1999
Deutschland sucht den SuperstarGerman version of production sister company Fremantle's "Idols" format started in the UK.
*Let's Dance A German version of "
Strictly Come Dancing" hosted by Nazan Eckesand Hape Kerkeling
Dancing on Icehosted by Mirjam Weichselbraunand Wayne Carpendale
Entern oder Kenternhosted by Sonja Zietlow
Einsatz in 4 Wänden - Speziala renovation show; the complete house is re-fashioned.
Das SupertalentA German version of Britain's Got Talent
Bauer sucht FrauGerman version of British Farmer wants a wifehosted by Inka Bause
Rach, der RestauranttesterGerman version of British Ramsay´s Kitchen Nightmares
Raus aus den Schulden(Out of the debts)
Die Super-Nanny- Katharina Saalfrank - helps families with childrearing problems
*Ich bin ein Star - Holt mich hier raus! German version of Granada format "
I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!" hosted by Sonja Zietlowand Dirk Bach(A third season started on the 11th January 2008)Cancelled
Top of the Pops, the German version of this (now-defunct) British music show.
*Big Boss A short-lived format in Germany. Fremantle holds international licences for the show, except in the United States.
Fear FactorGerman version of Endemol format hosted by Sonja Zietlow
*Der Schwächste fliegt! A short-lived German version of the
BBCformat, " The Weakest Link"
Freitag Nacht News(canceled)
Alle lieben Jimmy(canceled)
Mitten im Leben
Mein Leben und Ich(canceled)
Gute Zeiten, schlechte Zeitenadaptation of the Dutch format (since 1992) Goede tijden, slechte tijden
Unter Uns(Since 1994)
Alles was zählt(Since 2006)
Hinter Gittern - Der Frauenknast(disposed)
Ahornallee(disposed after 42 episodes)
Formula Onehosted by Florian Königand Niki Lauda
Ski jumpinghosted by Marco Schreyland Dieter Thoma
Boxinghosted by Florian König
*handball men´s World Championship 2009 in Croatia
Foreign Series (mostly U.S. Series)
The current slogan is 'Mein RTL' which means 'My RTL'.Audience share(March 2008): 11.7%, from 14-49 years 15.8%.
* [http://www.rtl.de/ RTL website] de icon
* [http://www.rtl-television.de/ RTL Corporate Site] de icon
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