|Type||Radio and television|
|Owner||German Community of Belgium|
Belgischer Rundfunk (BRF) (Belgian Broadcasting) is the public-service broadcasting organization serving the German-speaking Community of Belgium. Based in Eupen, with additional studio facilities in Sankt Vith and Brussels, BRF produces one television and three radio channels.
German-language broadcasts were first started in Brussels by the Nationaal Instituut voor Radio Omroep / Institut National de Radiodiffusion (NIR/INR) on 1 October 1945. In 1960, the NIR/INR became Belgische Radio en Televisie / Radio-Télévision Belge (BRT/RTB) and in 1961 RTB began a German-language radio channel, broadcasting from Liège.
In 1977, the German-language service was separated from RTB – which became Radio-Télévision Belge de la Communauté française (RTBF) – and BRT, which became Vlaamse radio en televisie (VRT) - and the new company, Belgischer Rundfunk, began broadcasting from Eupen. For some years afterward, it continued to use BRT/RTB's old stylised "ear" logo long after its French and Flemish sisters dropped it.
In October 1999 BRF-TV was created; it broadcasts by cable in the East Cantons. On 15 November 2001, BRF and Deutschlandfunk Cologne began BRF-DLF, a radio station in Brussels for German-speakers in that area.
- BRF1 is the speech and entertainment network with pop and rock music (plus specialist programmes covering classical and modern chanson).
- BRF2 is the popular music network (Schlager and volkstümliche Musik).
- BRF-DLF combines the speech output of BRF1 with that of Deutschlandfunk.
- BRF TV broadcasts locally produced news and documentary programmes and can only be received fully via cable, Proximus TV and VOO digital TV. Their news program is also broadcast twice a day on the Euronews channel of the free-to-air DVB-T service of the RTBF.
- "BRF website listing the ways to receive the broadcasts". brf.be. Archived from the original on 5 May 2010. Retrieved 10 November 2014.