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Part of the heute opening sequence. The sequence is integrated into the virtual studio.
|Also known as||heute journal (21:45)
heute nacht (late-night)
heute in europa (Today in Europe, 16:00)
heute in deutschland (Today in Germany, 14:00)
heute mittag (Today at Midday, 12:00)
|Presented by||Petra Gerster
|Country of origin||Germany|
|Running time||Main bulletin: 20 minutes|
|Original run||1963 – present|
heute (German for today) is a television news program on the German channel ZDF. The main program is broadcast at 19:00, and includes news, with an emphasis on political news from Germany, Europe and the world plus 'mixed' news from cultural life or entertainment, and the sports news with an extra presenter. The weather forecast comes up at (~)19:22 after a break with commercials. The opening sequence of each broadcast features an analogue clock, a signature element of the program.
The newscast “heute” of ZDF and the 20:00-Tagesschau of ARD/“Das Erste” are the main broadcasts of German public TV starting the evening programme. Advertisement can not be shown in public TV after 8:00 p.m.
The first heute broadcast took place on 1 April 1963, the day ZDF itself started broadcasting.
heute was originally broadcast from 19.30 to 20.00 CET; on February 1, 1965 the show was split into two parts - heute (19.30 to 19.45 CET) and themen des tages (19.45 to 20.00 CET). From January 1, 1969 the themen des tages was dropped so that evening programs could start earlier.
In 1973, broadcast of the program was moved to 19:00, where it remains today.
The main program is broadcast at 19:00 and usually has a length of 20 minutes (including a weather forecast).
For most of its run, the program's title music was preceded by the letters h-e-u-t-e in morse code (
···· · ··- - ·). In 1998 this was integrated with the title music, and the dots and dashes are no longer distinguishable.
- "Redesigning the daily news". Eden-Spiekermann. Retrieved 7 March 2010.
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