Tagesschau (Germany)

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Tagesschau logo.png
Genre News Programme
Theme music composer Hans Carste
Opening theme "Hammond Fantasy"[1]
Country of origin Germany
Original language(s) German
Producer(s) NWDR, NDR
Location(s) Hamburg
Running time 5–15 min
Original channel Das Erste
several other ARD channels
Original run 26 December 1952 – present
Related shows Tagesthemen, Nachtmagazin
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Tagesschau (stylized as tagesschau) is a German national and international television news service produced by state-run Norddeutscher Rundfunk on behalf of the German public-service television network ARD.

The main edition of the programme is aired at 20:00 on Das Erste. It is also simulcast on several ARD-affiliated networks, including NDR Fernsehen, RBB Fernsehen, SWR Fernsehen, WDR Fernsehen, hr-fernsehen, 3sat, Phoenix, EinsPlus and ARD-alpha. It is also broadcast 24 hours a day via tagesschau24.


Tagesschau (literally "Day's Show", or loosely "Review of the Day"; a play on the term Wochenschau, the weekly newsreel formerly shown in cinemas) is both the oldest and the most watched news program on German television. The first edition was transmitted on Nordwestdeutscher Rundfunk on 26 December 1952. Initially broadcast three times a week, the programme expanded in 1956 to air Monday to Saturday, with Sunday editions beginning in 1961. The nightly 8-pm edition of Tagesschau is watched by up to 10 million viewers, equivalent to a 33% audience reach. Currently, the bulletin is produced by NDR through ARD-aktuell (the ARD's news department) from its studios in Hamburg.

The main 15-minute bulletin is broadcast at 20:00 CET each evening with shorter bulletins broadcast throughout the day. The end of the 20:00 bulletin, at 20:15, marks the beginning of prime time on German television. An attempt by commercial station Sat.1 in the late 1990s to begin their prime time schedule at 20:00 was so unsuccessful; it was discontinued after only a few weeks.

In 1978, the late edition of Tagesschau was replaced by Tagesthemen (Subjects of the Day or "Themes of the Day"), a half-hour programme featuring more in-depth reports, analysis, and commentary. The programme continues to air at 22:15 each evening. A late-night, magazine-style programme, Nachtmagazin (Night Magazine), airs at around 00:30. A weekly review programme entitled Wochenspiegel (Mirror of the Week) was produced by the Tagesschau production team and aired on Sundays around lunch time. Its last edition was on August 24, 2014.

The program's trademark continues to be the eight o'clock chime followed by a recorded announcement, spoken by Claudia Urbschat-Mingues, "Hier ist das Erste Deutsche Fernsehen mit der Tagesschau" ("This is First German Television with the Tagesschau"). The Tagesschau theme music has remained the same since 1956, although the arrangement has been modernized several times, most recently in 2014 by Hans Zimmer.

Tagesschau aired its 20,000th broadcast on 31 December 2010.


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in alphabetical order


  1. ^ Fink, Günter (27 July 2005). "Hätten Sie's gewußt?" (in German). Hamburger Abendblatt. 

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