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Newspapers, television and radio

Media City Berlin

No other German city offers such a variety of newspapers, television stations and radio stations as Berlin. Tourists and Berliners can obtain event tips and news via numerous channels. International media, such as the BBC or Radio France Internationale, also send news from the capital abroad. No wonder: Berlin has always been regarded as a pioneer for "new media". In 1895, the Skladanowsky brothers showed the first cinema film here, and in 1923 German radio was born, broadcasting its first entertainment programme. The television towers of the once divided city are an unmissable sign of the media metropolis: the television tower at Alexanderplatz in the east and its counterpart to the International Congress Centre (ICC) in the west, from which the world's first regular television programme was broadcast in 1935. At that time there were only fifty televisions in Berlin households.

Newspapers and magazines

The most important daily newspapers are the Berliner Zeitung, the Tagesspiegel and the Berliner Morgenpost. Other subscription newspapers published in Berlin are Die Welt and publications published independently of major publishers. This includes the tageszeitung. In addition, various political and cultural weekly newspapers are published in Berlin, such as Freitag - Das Meinungsmedium. The tabloid newspapers B.Z. and Berliner Kurier are mainly sold at newsstands; as is the picture. The tabloid has been published by Axel Springer since 1952 and has the highest circulation in Germany.

City Magazines

The TV guides Tip and Zitty appear alternately every two weeks. They offer a lot of tips for going out; no matter whether the Berlin visitor has the sense of cinema, parties or theatre performances. Special editions on topics such as gastronomy, sightseeing, children, shopping and lifestyle are published regularly. Information on concerts, theatre performances, sports events and exhibitions and readings is provided by the monthly Berlin Programme. It is available at the kiosk. The free event guide 030 is available in many cafés. The name refers to the Berlin area code. It provides information about films, concerts, parties and sporting events. The monthly magazine Siegessäule provides an overview of events in the lesbian, gay and bisexual scene. Berlin also has an English city magazine: the ex-Berliner provides monthly information on political topics, but also on events in Berlin.

Radio stations

The Berliner can choose from around 45 radio stations broadcasting in Berlin and Brandenburg. The public broadcasters offer culture and information from Berlin, such as Radio Eins. In addition to the numerous music channels, which cover almost every musical genre, there are also information-oriented providers with weather and traffic services. These include, for example, Inforadio and Deutschlandfunk. Foreign-language programmes are broadcast, for example, by the British radio station BBC and Radio France Internationale. The frequencies of some radio stations (antenna / cable): -Radio Eins 95.8 / 99.95 -Inforadio Berlin-Brandenburg 93.1 / 92.05 -Deutschlandfunk 97.7 -BBC 90.2 / 87.50 -Radio France Internationale 106.2 -NPR Berlin 104.1

Television stations

In addition to the capital city studios of the major television stations, the Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (RBB) reports from and about Berlin. The Berliner informs himself about the daily events in the city through the evening show of the RBB. The private regional broadcaster TV Berlin broadcasts news, business, sports, culture and weather from Kreuzberg under the motto "Television by Berliners for Berliners". The station is also making a name for itself with talk shows and magazines. The Alex Offener Kanal Berlin is an institution of the Medienanstalt Berlin-Brandenburg. The participatory public broadcaster is financed from radio licence fees.