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The Hans-Bredow-Institut for Media Research at the University of Hamburg (HBI) is an independent non-profit foundation with the mission on media research on public communication, particularly for radio and television broadcasting (including public service media providers) and other electronic media, in an interdisciplinary fashion.[1] [2] [3]

Established on May 30, 1950, the Institute was founded by then Nordwestdeutscher Rundfunk (NWDR) and the University of Hamburg as a legal foundation.[1] Named after the "Father of German Broadcasting" Hans Bredow (1879-1959)[4] , the Institute has its founding on his idea of broadcasting councils, an unprecedented notion for media governance at the time. It rejects both the German bureaucratic state of Weimar period and the Nazi seizure of power, and favours organizational structures that included political representations and civic organizations. In 1954 for his contribution in building the organizational structures of the broadcasting in the Federal Republic, the Federal Cross of Merit was awarded. Hans Bredow's place in German broadcasting history was compared to John Reith's in British broadcasting history.[5]

The Institute is known by media researchers for its publication of International Media Handbook [Internationales Handbuch Medien][6][7][8]

Together with various German institutions in Berlin, the Hans-Bredow-Institut joins the foundation of a research centre on Internet and Society in 2011 called the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society.[9] [10] Its director Wolfgang Schulz is also one of the directors of the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society in Berlin.[11]


  1. ^ a b Khabyuk, Olexiy; Manfred Kops (2011). Public Service Broadcasting: A German-Ukrainian Exchange of Opinions. LIT Verlag Münster. ISBN 9783643800947.
  2. ^ Chen, (程宗明) (2001-05-25). "International Connections for Public Media Research and Development [公共媒體研發之國際連線--以數位化知識為例(歐洲篇)]". Public Television Service Foundation (Taiwan) 公共電視台研究發展部. Retrieved 2013-09-08.
  3. ^ Mediennetz Hamburg [Hamburg Media Network] (2010-09-27). "Hans-Bredow-Institut für Medienforschung feierte seinen Geburtstag". Retrieved 2013-09-08.
  4. ^ Wells, Alan (1996). World Broadcasting: A Comparative View. Greenwood Publishing Group. ISBN 9781567502459.
  5. ^ Collins, Richard (2013-07-04). From Satellite to Single Market: New Communication Technology and European Public Service Television. Routledge. ISBN 9781134681273.
  6. ^ Manuel Puppis; Natascha Just (2012). Trends in Communication Policy Research: New Theories, Methods and Subjects. Intellect Books. pp. 160–. ISBN 978-1-84150-467-4. Retrieved 8 September 2013.
  7. ^ Haenens, Leen d'; Frieda Saeys (2001-01-01). Western Broadcasting at the Dawn of the 21st Century. Walter de Gruyter. ISBN 9783110173635.
  8. ^ Hans-Bredow-Institut (2009). The International Media Handbook [Internationales Handbuch Medien ]. Baden-Baden. Retrieved 2013-09-08.
  9. ^ "Google funds a research centre at Humboldt University in Berlin (谷歌公司资助洪堡大学设立研究所)". Abteilung für Bildungswesen der Botschaft der Volksrepublik China in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland (驻德使馆教育处). 2011-10-27. Retrieved 2013-09-08.
  10. ^ Inauguration of the “Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society” in Berlin
  11. ^ Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schulz personal page

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