Infobox Network
network_name = RTL II
country = Germany
network_type = Broadcast television network
available = National; also distributed in Austria and Switzerland
owner = RTL Group, Tele München Gruppe
key_people = Jochen Starke, CEO; Axel Kühn, senior vice president, programming
launch_date = March 6, 1993
founder =
past_names = RTL2 (1993-1999)
brand =
website = [http://www.rtl2.de/ www.rtl2.de]

RTL II (RTL 2) is a privately owned, commercial, general-interest German television channel.

It was founded as a second-generation commercial broadcaster in 1993. It quickly became infamous for its perceived "trash programming", comprising lots of soft porn as well as shows such as "Peep" and many pseudo-documentaries being mainly vehicles for nudity. Despite dropping all erotic programming in late 2001, its bad reputation follows RTL II to this day. Today, programming pillars are daily episodes of the local "Big Brother" in access primetime, and a primetime lineup consisting mostly of docu-soaps, movies and licensed series such as "24" and "Stargate SG-1". Recent efforts to move further towards quality programming with science magazines and documentaries have met with an indifferent audience response.

The channel's prime-time newscast "RTL II News" is frequently criticized for its selection of news stories: Catering to a young audience, it has been known to put a CD release or the launch of a new gaming console in the second headline slot directly after the day's top event. This unconventional approach has supposedly brought RTL II's broadcasting licence into jeopardy at least once, as a German commercial broadcaster has to feature minimum amounts of serious informational and cultural programming to be allowed a full channel licence. Though widely criticized, the newscast is well-produced and quite popular with its target audience.

On weekdays, RTL II also airs an anime afternoon under their kids/youth banner "Pokito". Following tensions with media authorities, RTL II's Standards and Practices department is believed to be especially sensitive about children's programming. As a consequence, many anime fans criticize the channel for cutting scenes in anime series like Detective Conan [ [http://www.animedigital.de/conan-cuts.html Animedigital-Conan Cuts] ] , InuYasha [ [http://www.animedigital.de/Projekte/Inuyasha/ Animedigital-Inuyasha Cuts] ] , One Piece [ [http://op-cuts.animedigital.de Animedigital-One Piece Cuts] ] and Naruto [ [http://www.animedigital.de/naruto-cuts.html Animedigital-Naruto Cuts] ] [ [http://www.schnittberichte.com/search.php?String=Naruto&Kat=Serie Schnittberichte.com-Naruto] ] until 2009 the new Channel "Pokito" digitally Television not Satelite. Sometimes an episode is even edited down if its original version had previously been given a FSK 6 rating, meaning that it is suitable for children ages 6 up and may legally be aired at all hours of the day.

RTL II's corporate identity used to change more often and more drastically than that of any other competing channel in the same time, sporting three totally different logos and at least four on-air design strategies in less than ten years. This is believed by some to reflect the difficulties to establish the channel as dynamic and provoking yet not as the "trash" that defined its early years. The pace of design change has slowed in recent years, with the Roman-numeral rendition of the channel's name (the "pause button") being in use since 1999.

RTL II is partly owned by RTL Group, but also by publishers Heinrich Bauer Verlag, Burda, and, jointly, by Disney/ABC and Tele München.



From Australia

*"Water Rats (Water Rats - Die Hafencops)"

From Canada

*"Blood Ties"
*"Whistler (starting 2009)"

From the United Kingdom

* "Torchwood" (starting 2009) [cite web | url = http://www.quotenmeter.de/index.php?newsid=28512 | title = RTL II kauft britische Serie «Torchwood» | publisher = quotenmeter.de | accessdate = 2008-07-14]

From the United States

*"24 (season 1-5)"
*"According to Jim (Immer wieder Jim)"
*"Angela's Eyes (Angela Henson - Das Auge des FBI)"
*"Battlestar Galactica"
*"Dead Like Me (Dead Like Me - So gut wie tot)"
*"Dog the Bounty Hunter (Dog - Der Kopfgeldjäger)"
*" (Hercules)"
*"Home Improvement (Hör mal, wer da hämmert!)"
*" (Law & Order: New York)"
*"Sleeper Cell"
*"Stargate SG-1 (Stargate - Kommando SG-1)"
*"Stargate Atlantis"
*"The A-Team (Das A-Team)"
*"The Dead Zone (Dead Zone)"
*"The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (Der Prinz von Bel-Air)"
*" (Xena)"

Audience share(March 2008): 4.0%, from 14-49 years 6.2%.

Reality Shows

*Big Brother
*Wife Swap ("Frauentausch")


*Ai no Wakakusa Monogatari ("Eine fröhliche Familie")
*Attack No. 1 ("Mila Superstar")
*Captain Tsubasa ("Die tollen Fußballstars")
*Case Closed ("Detektiv Conan")
*Cat's Eye ("Ein Supertrio")
*Chibi Maruko-chan
*Crayon Shin-chan ("Shin Chan")
**Digimon Adventure
**Digimon Adventure 02
**Digimon Tamers
**Digimon Frontier
**Digimon Data Squad
*Dr. Slump (2nd series)
*Dragon Ball
*Dragon Ball Z
*Dragon Ball GT
*Flint the Time Detective ("Flint Hammerhead")
*Ganbare, Kikka-zu! ("Kickers")
*Hikari no Densetsu ("Die kleinen Superstars")
*Kamikaze Kaito Jeanne ("Jeanne, die Kamikaze Diebin")
*Lady Oscar
*MegaMan NT Warrior
*Monster Rancher
* ("Die Macht des Zaubersteins")
*One Piece
*Oz no Mahōtsukai
*Power Stone
*Princess Sarah ("Die kleine Prinzessin Sara")
*Futari wa Pretty Cure ("Pretty Cure")
*Ranma ½
*Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs
*Shaman King
*Taro the Space Alien ("Taro Alien")
*The Adventures of Mini-Goddess
* ("Missis Jo und ihre fröhliche Familie")
*Wedding Peach
*Yu-Gi-Oh! GX
*Yu-Gi-Oh! Capsule Monsters

Other Animated Series

*Action Man
*Care Bears
*Casper the Friendly Ghost ("Casper")
*The Chipmunks ("Alvin und die Chipmunks")
*Duck Dodgers
*Get Ed
*He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
*Jackie Chan Adventures
*The Mézga Family ("Die Abenteuer der Familie Metzger")
*Mucha Lucha
*Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
*Winx Club
*Xiaolin Showdown

ee also

*RTL Group
*Bertelsmann AG

External links

* [http://www.rtl2.de/ Official Site] de icon


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