RADIO BREMEN (RB), Germany's smallest public radio and television
broadcaster , is the legally mandated broadcaster for the city-state
Free Hanseatic City of
Bremen (which includes
Bremerhaven ). With its
headquarters sited in
Bremen , Radio
Bremen is a member of the
consortium of German public broadcasting organizations, ARD .
* 1 History
* 2 Finances
* 3 Programming
* 3.1 Television
* 3.2 Radio
* 4 Transmitters
* 4.1 Directors
* 5 See also
* 6 References
* 7 External links
Bremen began transmitting a daily programme on AM radio on 23
December 1945 under the post-war occupation of
Germany by the Allied
powers . Although located in an enclave entirely surrounded by the
British Zone of occupation, the city of
Bremen belonged, together with
Bremerhaven, to the American Zone, and radio broadcasting was
therefore overseen by the American command. In 1949 Radio
chartered to be the public-law broadcaster serving the city-state Free
Hanseatic City of
Bremen and became a founding member of ARD in 1950.
Every household in
Germany is legally obliged to pay 17,50 Euro per
month to fund public broadcasting in Germany. (The Rundfunkbeitrag,
literally "broadcast contribution"). The fee is not collected
directly by Radio
Bremen but by Beitragsservice von ARD,
Bremen produces and provides programmes for the nationwide
Das Erste , the main national public TV channel.
* Radio Bremen, together with NDR and was the called SFB , began
broadcasting a regional network on 4 January 1965. The name of the
network was originally "Nord 3" ("North 3"), later renamed
"Norddeutsches Fernsehen N 3" ("North German Television N3"). Since
December 2001 the network has been known as "NDR Fernsehen" ("North
German Broadcasting: Television"). As of that change, and until 2005,
Bremen productions carried their own logo when transmitted on
* On 1 January 2005 Radio
Bremen began its own regional station:
Bremen TV" (RB-TV). Besides the regional programming,
cooperation with NDR continues.
Bremen and NDR produce a combined teletext service called
NDR-Text. Until December 2001 it was known by the name "Nord-Text"
Bremen maintains and transmits on two radio networks. These
are known as "
Bremen Eins" (
Bremen One) and "
Bremen Vier" (Bremen
Four). Programming on
Bremen One consists mostly of oldies, geared to
adults, and includes daily news in the local dialect, known as "Bremer
Platt". Programming on
Bremen Four consists of current hits, geared to
the present day youth.
Bremen also produces two other programmes together with
other public broadcasters: Nordwestradio (Northwest radio) is produced
in conjunction with NDR , and Funkhaus Europa is produced with WDR .
The only transmission site operated by Radio
Bremen today is the
mediumwave transmitter at Leher Field. The FM and TV signals
(including DVB-T) are broadcast in
Bremen from the Bremen-Walle
Telecommunication Tower , which is operated by
Deutsche Telekom .
Another transmitter, also operated by Deutsche Telekom, is used in
* 1946–1957: Walter Geerdes
* 1957–1968: Heinz Kerneck
* 1968–1973: Hans Abich
* 1973–1974: Klaus Bölling
* 1974–1985: Gerhard Schröder
* 1985–1999: Karl-Heinz Klostermeier
* 1999–2009: Heinz Glässgen
* 1 August 2009–present: Jan Metzger
* ^ "Informationen zur Beitragssenkung" (in German). Der
Rundfunkbeitrag. Retrieved 9 March 2016.