Phoenix (German TV station)
|Launched||7 April 1997|
|Owned by||ARD, ZDF|
|Picture format||16:9 576i50
|DVB-T||Various; region dependent|
|Astra 1L (19.2°E)||10743.75 H 51 22000 5/6 (DVB-S)|
|Astra 1M (19.2°E)||11582.25 H 25 22000 2/3 (HDTV DVB-S2)|
|Yes (part of basic package)|
Phoenix is a publicly funded television station in Germany which is produced jointly by public broadcasting organizations ARD and ZDF. Its programming consists of documentaries, news broadcasts, special events coverage, and discussion programmes. Phoenix's headquarters are in the former West German capital, Bonn.
The flagship news broadcast of Phoenix is "Der Tag" ("The Day"), which is aired from 11:00 pm to 12 midnight. Its length enables extended reports and interviews to be included.
Daily talk shows (like "Phoenix Runde - Phoenix Roundtable with Anne Gesthuysen or Alexander Kähler, "Unter den Linden" with Christoff Minhoff or Michael Hirz), discuss current topics are discussed with experts or politicians.
As a benchmark in coverage a "Meet the Press"-like show, "Internationaler Frühschoppen" is broadcast Sunday at 12 noon when the ARD's "Presseclub" is not broadcast.
The series "Historische Debatten" ("Historical Debates") and "Historische Ereignisse" ("Historical Events"), with journalist Helmut Illert, examine important topics relating to the development of the Federal Republic of Germany.
The creation of Phoenix is credited to the former chancellor Helmut Kohl, who wanted to create a "European Parliamentary Channel". However, the idea was rejected due to criticism by the public channels (ARD and ZDF) and suspicion that political pressure of Kohl could lead to a "Helmut-Kohl-Channel".
The real idea for "Phoenix - Der Ereignis- und Dokumentationskanal" ("Phoenix - the current affairs and documentary channel") came from viewers of ARD and ZDF, who wanted a "media-political correction of faults in the system of information transfer".[clarification needed] This created the opportunity to create a "Parliamentary Channel", with the aim of increasing credibility and satisfying consumer demand.
Phoenix's highest ratings to date were in August 2006, when it had 1.0% viewer share. With about 4.5 million viewers, it had more viewers than N-TV and N24.
 Alignment of Programming
Phoenix's stated aim is it to create "balance of the shortening of information, which are seen in news and magazines on television". The programming should be a "truthful illustration of the reality in correspondence with the constitutional order of the publicly-funded broadcast and television stations in Germany". The target is fulfilled with current reportages and documentaries from the vast archive of ARD and ZDF, as well as international productions from Discovery Channel and the BBC, dubbed into German.
 Reception of the channel
- Digital terrestrial television (DVB-T)
- analogue cable
- Digital cable (DVB-C)
- Digital satellite television
- livestream (only a few shows are transmitted online)
- "Kabelfernsehen: Übersicht aller TV-Sender - Kabel Deutschland" [Cabel Television: overview of all TV stations - Kabel Deutschland] (in German). Kabel Deutschland. Retrieved 2 May 2012.
- "Presseportal: PHOENIX mit 1 Prozent Marktanteil vor N24 und n-tv". Presseportal.de. Retrieved 2012-03-14.