Public Spaces Incubator unveils innovative concepts for better online public conversations

The Public Spaces Incubator considers how public broadcasters can stimulate informed public debate that is essential to democracy.

ZDF building with banners.

ZDF and ARD start open source initiative for shared streaming network

ZDF and ARD start a collaboration on one technical platform for everyone – efficient, oriented to the common good and transparent.

ZDF Berlin

ZDF statement on the Future Council

ZDF expressly welcomes the fact that the Future Council is taking a positive approach to public broadcasting and fully affirms its necessity.

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ZDF & ARD: Recommended funding increase “challenging”

The KEF’s recommendation to raise the Germany's public media funding by 58 cents per month has been described as “a challenge”.

ZDF Berlin

Germany: Scrutiny over licence fee mounts again

A year out from any decision, politicians in Germany are already positioning themselves to oppose an increase to the licence fee.

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ZDF, ORF and SRF are once again increasing volume in co-productions

The public television stations, ZDF, ORF and SRF, agreed on joint program projects for 2023/2024 at their annual co-production conference.

Rental bikes offered to ZDF staff in cooperation with regional public mobility providers.

“A cultural change”: sustainable PSM

In a follow-up to PMA's session on sustainability at PBI in Tokyo last year, we highlight recent PSM initiatives to be more sustainable. 

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ARD and ZDF launch a joint streaming network

The shared network, due to launch in a few weeks, will bring together the streaming libraries of both Germany’s public broadcasters.

ZDF’s “The Swarm” demonstrates innovation and value

ZDF’s The Swarm has amassed more than 18 million views online to become ZDFmediathek’s best streaming start.

Public broadcasters create “Public Spaces Incubator”

Four public broadcasters are partnering to develop solutions to address increasingly toxic, polarized and unsafe online discourse.