ZDF settles long-running dispute with German cablers

German public broadcaster ZDF and cable industry trade association DNMG (Deutsche Netzmarketing) have settled a long-running dispute about carriage fees and concluded “a long-term agreement on the distribution of ZDF programmes and services on the platforms controlled by DNMG operators”. In a statement, ZDF said the comprehensive agreement also signals the end of 12 years […]

7.7 million Spaniards watch Champions League Final

Real Madrid’s 1-0 Champions League Final victory over Liverpool was Spain’s most watched iteration of the final since 2014. Spanish public broadcaster RTVE said that it attracted an average audience of 7.7 million viewers, translating to a 52.8% share of all TV viewing. Viewership peaked at 8.7 million on La 1, while just shy of […]

ZDF Studios names ex-All3Media exec Schäfer as CEO

ZDF Studios has appointed former All3Media Germany boss Markus Schäfer as president and CEO, taking over from Fred Burcksen, who is leaving the company after more than 26 years. Schäfer will assume the top spot at the company on 1 July, working closely alongside co-director Karoline Meichsner-Sertl. Prior to working at ZDF Studios, Schäfer held […]

DFB-Pokal rights awarded to ARD, ZDF and Sky

German football rights have returned to growth with the German Football Federation’s (DFB) latest broadcast rights deal for the DFB-Pokal.  The body has awarded live rights to the men’s competition for the three seasons from 2022/23 to ARD, ZDF and Sky, with highlights packages going to DAZN and Sport1. The DFB, which had retaken charge […]

Germany’s Institut für Rundfunktechnik to shut down

Germany’s Institut für Rundfunktechnik (IRT), the research and development outfit set up by public broadcast organisations, is to close after shareholders failed “to find a viable model” to keep it going. The organisation said that “despite the most intense efforts, it has not been possible to develop a resilient economic base to develop a future […]

Tele Columbus announces ZDF cooperation deal

German cable provider Tele Columbus and pubcaster ZDF have announced a distribution agreement for the latter’s content. As announced by the operator, the “comprehensive cooperation agreement” will see Tele Columbus use “all ZDF content” in its cable networks. In addition, the agreement lays the groundwork for ZDF content to be integrated into the Tele Columbus […]

ZDF pulls plug on Universum boxing deal

German pubcaster ZDF has pulled out of an agreement with boxing promoter Universum after six months and just one broadcast fight. The broadcaster had initially agreed a co-operation with the promoter, but poor viewership of the fight between Artem Harutyunyan and Islam Dumanov in November combined with failed negotiations over a planned event to take […]

Deutsche Telekom adds raft of ZDF content to on-demand service

Deutsche Telekom has added a raft of new content to its Megathek on-demand library from the catalogue of public broadcaster ZDF. Deutsche Telekom’s Magenta TV viewers can now watch about 350 additional German-language episodes and series from ZDF. Over 8,500 content items from ARD Plus, ZDF Select, ARD Plus Kids and ZDFtivi Select are now […]

France Télévisions, Rai and ZDF team up to take on Netflix

European public broadcasters France Télévisions, Rai and ZDF have unveiled the first projects to be developed under the rubric of an alliance announced yesterday at the Series Mania event in Lille to address the challenge posed by the likes of Netflix and other subscription video-on-demand providers. Earlier this week, France Télévisions director-general Delphine Ernotte had […]

France Télévisions forges programming alliance with ZDF

France Télévisions and Rai are to forge an alliance with ZDF that will encompass co-production, with the first projects to be unveiled at the Series Mania event in Lille on Thursday. The pact with Germany’s ZDF marks an extension of the alliance formed between the French and Italia public broadcasters last June, when the pair […]

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