extra 3

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extra 3
Extra 3 logo
GenrePolitical satire
Developed byDieter Kronzucker
Presented byChristian Ehring
Theme music composerFelice Sound Orchestra
Opening themeThe Last Emperor
Country of originGermany
Original language(s)German
Production location(s)Hamburg-Lokstedt, Germany
Original networkARD
Original release21 June 1976 (1976-06-21)
External links
Production website
Extra 3 studio

extra 3 is a weekly political satire show on German television established in 1976. Produced by public TV broadcaster Norddeutscher Rundfunk, it is aired on NDR Fernsehen and 3sat. Once a month, the show is promoted to ARD's national first program Das Erste.

Invented by Dieter Kronzucker in 1976, the satire show was initially hosted by himself together with Peter Merseburger and Wolf von Lojewski. Over the years, the show has seen a number of personalities co-hosting the magazine, starting with Lea Rosh, who joined the team in 1977.


In 2000, a special edition was co-hosted by leading politicians Cem Özdemir (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen), Thomas Goppel (CSU), Guido Westerwelle (FDP) and Gregor Gysi (Die Linke).[1] Since 2014 extra 3 offers a YouTube channel with videos of full episodes and clips of regular sub-series such as Realer Irrsinn (real madness).[2]

Erdoğan controversy[edit]

In its nationally aired show on 17 March 2016, extra 3 presented a satirical music video titled "Erdowie, Erdowo, Erdogan", adapted from German pop star Nena's song Irgendwie, irgendwo, irgendwann. The two-minute video shows a compilation of some of the most absurd public moments of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and footage of the Turkish government's crackdown on the media, women rights protesters and Kurds, while taking a lenient stance on the "brothers in faith from ISIL". The video also criticizes chancellor Angela Merkel for her migrant deal with Turkey to putting Turkey in the role of cracking down on the refugee influx to the EU, mocking her to "be charming to him since he has you well in hand" (German: Sei schön charmant, denn er hat Dich in der Hand).[3]

On 22 March, Erdoğan summoned German ambassador Martin Erdmann over the song, asking the German government to intervene[4] and delete the video, as reported by AFP. While representatives of the German government declined to intervene, extra 3 followed up with English- and Turkish-subtitled versions of the video and republished a number of earlier videos criticizing the Turkish government.[5]

Erdoğan's reaction to a satirical video produced an outcry from the German public with representatives of all German parties criticizing the situation of censorship in Turkey and reaffirming that Germany takes its freedom of the press seriously. Sevim Dağdelen, in charge for foreign policy at the left-wing party Die Linke, demanded "a clear stand" from the foreign office, adding that "our fundamental rights cannot be sacrificed on the altar of the shabby EU-Turkey deal.”[5] As reported by a European Commission spokeswoman, Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said he "does not appreciate" Turkey's decision to call in the ambassador because of a satirical song, and "believes this moves Turkey further from the EU rather than closer to us."[6]

Calling Alice Weidel a "Nazischlampe"[edit]

The satire show extra 3 called the 2017 chancellor candidate of the German party AfD, Alice Weidel, a Nazi bitch, as a response to her rallying against political correctness.[7] She was not amused and went to court. The Landgericht (Regional Court) in Hamburg rejected the suit, explaining it with freedom of expression and satire with respect to political figures. Alice Weidel has brought it to the Oberlandesgericht (Higher Regional Court),[8] but has withdrawn the appeal.[9]


  1. ^ "extra 3" im "Power-Pack": Die Wahrheit über die deutsche Presse
  2. ^ NDR (April 14, 2014). Extra 3's channel on YouTube.
  3. ^ Benjamin Soloway (29 March 2016). "Watch: 'Erdowie, Erdowo, Erdogan' — The Video That Made Turkey Mad Enough to Summon the German Ambassador". Foreign Policy. Retrieved 31 March 2016.
  4. ^ Lewis Sanders IV (29 March 2016). "Report: Turkey summons German ambassador over satirical song". Deutsche Welle. Retrieved 31 March 2016.
  5. ^ a b Kate Connolly (29 March 2016). "Turkey 'demands deletion' of German video mocking Erdoğan". The Guardian. Retrieved 31 March 2016.
  6. ^ Jacopo Barigazzi (30 March 2016). "Juncker: Satire complaint pushes Turkey further from EU". Politico. Retrieved 31 March 2016.
  7. ^ "AfD leader loses case versus German TV show that calls her 'Nazi bitch'". Reuters. 17 May 2017. Retrieved 18 May 2017.
  8. ^ "Satiriker darf AfD-Frau Weidel als "Nazi-Schlampe" bezeichnen". sueddeutsche.de (in German). 2017-05-17. ISSN 0174-4917. Retrieved 2017-05-17.
  9. ^ "AfD-Spitzenkandidatin Dr. Alice Weidel nimmt Beschwerde zurück". presseportal.de (in German). 2017-06-08. Retrieved 2017-11-02.

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