|Launched||30 November 1992|
|Owned by||Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (a Time Warner company)
|Picture format||16:9 576i (SDTV)
|Slogan||Der Nachrichtensender (The News Channel)|
Also distributed in:
CNN en Español
|Astra 1L (Europe)||12.188 GHz H / 27.5|
|Windows Media||Live Streaming|
n-tv is a German television news channel owned by the Bertelsmann AG Media's RTL Group and an affiliate network of CNN since the networks creation in 1992. n-tv screens news and weather every hour and half-hour in the morning; in between, it broadcasts informational programmes and advertising.
n-tv began as a business development project at Time-Warner International which, under the leadership of then chairman Steve Ross, was looking for ways to grow its businesses internationally. Time-Warner at the time was a major shareholder in Turner Broadcasting, parent company of CNN (both now subsidiaries of Time-Warner) and began looking for ways to get into the news channel business internationally. In 1991, under the direction of Tom McGrath, the then-president of Time-Warner International Broadcasting, the company developed a strategy for Austria, Germany and the German-speaking territories of Switzerland.
This in time led to the launch of the VIVA music TV channel, VOX network and several local TV stations. One of McGrath's pet projects was a German language 24-hour news channel. McGrath secured the last available transponder on the Kopernikus satellite and secured several terrestrial television licenses for transmission of what would became n-tv. McGrath then recruited several German companies as partners including the Otto Group, APAX Partners and recruited Karl Kuhlo, an experienced German broadcaster as the CEO. The current chief executive officer is Hans Demmel.
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