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Deutsche Welle

Ingrid Volkmer


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Deutsche Welle (DW) is a German news and information broadcasting channel that explicitly targets a worldwide audience. DW cannot be received within Germany. Deutsche Welle →  radio service is distributed via shortwave, →  Internet , and satellite, and its →  television service is delivered by satellite to relay stations as well as to households in various world regions (→  Radio Technology ; Television Technology ). In addition, DW distributes content through an Internet platform (including weblogs). According to DW studies, DW radio reaches a 65 million audience and DW television 28 million viewers weekly worldwide ( Bettermann 2005 , 10). DW radio and television rebroadcasts programs from various public service channels and has its own production studios in Brussels, Moscow, and Washington, DC. Although operating internationally, DW is a typical German public service broadcaster (→  Public Broadcasting Systems ; Public Service Broadcasting: Law and Policy ). It is governed by two “public” commissions (broadcasting board and administrative board), to which the director general reports, is funded by public funds provided by the German foreign office, and is regulated under federal law through the Deutsche Welle act (Gesetz über die Rundfunkanstalt des Bundesrechts “Deutsche Welle”). As other public service channels in Germany, DW is also allowed to sell limited commercial airtime. ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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