ZDFE COO signs new five-year deal

Stephan Adrian, the COO of the commercial arm of German public broadcaster ZDF, has signed a new five-year deal. Adrian, who runs ZDF Enterprises alongside CEO Alexander Coridass, joined ZDF in 1988.
He said: “I am very grateful for the trust placed in me by the supervisory board, and am very confident that, together with Alexander […]

ZDF to launch new HD services, names programming chief

German public broadcaster ZDF will launch HD versions of its thematic channels in May. The broadcaster will launch HD versions of ZDFneo, ZDFinfo, ZDFkultur, 3sat and Kika on May 1 via satellite. No deal is in place to secure carriage of the channels on cable, but ZDF director Thomas Bellut said that cable would be […]

UEFA awards first Euro 2016 rights

European football governing body UEFA has awarded the first set of broadcasting right for the 2016 European Championships. UEFA has granted German broadcasters ARD and ZDF the rights to broadcast live coverage of all 51 matches in the tournament free-to-air. Guy-Laurent Epstein, marketing director of UEFA Events, said: “National team football is continuously enjoying massive […]

Cartel office probing ARD ZDF catch-up service

Germany’s Federal Cartel Office is probing the country’s public broadcaster’s plan to launch an online catch-up service. ARD and ZDF want to launch a video-on-demand catch-up platform under the Germany’s Gold moniker and the Cartel Office will assess whether it adversely impacts competition in this market segment. The same body has already investigated and blocked […]

ZDF to expand HbbTV, online offering

German public broadcaster ZDF plans to expand its zdf-de Telemedia, heute.de and sport.zdf.de portals and launch new HbbTV offerings. The broadcaster will make short news, sports and weather programmes available via HbbTV in addition to its existing ZDFmediathek offerings. Documentary channel Phoenix will add new social networking features and 3sat is developing an app for […]

EBU-backed social network pilot goes live

An EBU-backed pilot that uses social networks to allow TV viewers to choose broadcasters’ schedules has launched in Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and Slovenia. The project, called Eurovision TV Lab, is being trialled until September 3 by ZDF in Germany, Slovenia’s RTVSLO and VRT in Belgium, with users able to vote for their favourite pilot […]