22 October 2012
Television: An Overview
The allies had wanted as many print-media as possible.
They wanted the most diverse media spectrums and ideals (i.e. neo-Nazis, Liberals, Communists,
Germany still has no national newspaper (USA=New York Times, Canada=Globe and Mail).
o Political, and historically, German society is divided by regions.
Many small towns had published newspaper, because, economically, the federal gov`t could not
support them all.
Everyone had thought that paper was an infinite resource; it literally grew on trees!
Radios weren`t that popular in 1945 due to the lack of technological advancement (number of
These radio stations had to consider the fact that it wasn`t just the West Germans listening but
also most East Germans.
o However, in the “valley of the clueless” the radio signals were too weak to be picked up
The federal government and provincial governments have different political terms so sometimes
there are times when these two levels have different political parties occupying positions (e.g.
Making it difficult for the television stations to be pro or con a particular government.
It can be seen that the ally zones coincide with the regional broadcasting stations, which on a
whole is called ARD (General German Broadcasting).
o Most commonly referred to as the 1st
o Similandto BBC and CBC
The ZDF (the 2 channel), it’s a regional station
o Similar to BBC2
Adenauer didn’t trust any regional television and censored everything
o He almost had his own government-funded channel to compete with the others