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N-tv logo-september2017.svg
Launched 30 November 1992; 24 years ago (1992-11-30)
Owned by RTL Group
Picture format 576i (16:9 SDTV)
1080i (16:9 HDTV)
Audience share 1.2% (March 2017 (2017-03), KEK)
Slogan Wir bleiben dran
Country Germany
Language German
Broadcast area National
Also distributed in:
Headquarters Cologne, Germany
Website www.n-tv.de
DVB-T2 (Germany) different federal channels (HD / encrypted)
Astra 1L (Europe, North Africa) 12188 H / 27500 / 3/4 (SD / FTA)
Astra 1KR (Europe, North Africa) 10832 H / 22000 / 2/3 (HD / encrypted)
Kabel Deutschland (Germany) Channel 551 (SD) / Channel 576 (HD)
Unitymedia (Germany) Channel 311 (SD) / Channel 94 (HD)
NetCologne (Germany) Channel 51 (SD) / Channel 151 (HD)
UPC Austria (Austria) Channel 501 (SD)
UPC Switzerland (Switzerland) Channel 76 (HD)
Telekom Entertain (Germany) Channel 14 (SD/HD)
A1 TV (Austria) Channel 38 (SD) / Channel 338 (HD)
Streaming media
n-tv.de Watch live
Old logo of n-tv, used from 2003 until 2008

n-tv is a German television news channel owned by the Bertelsmann Media's RTL Group. n-tv broadcasts news and weather every hour and half-hour in the morning. At other times it broadcasts magazine shows and documentaries.


n-tv began as a business development project at Time-Warner International which, under the leadership of then chairman Steve Ross, was looking for ways to grow its businesses internationally. Time-Warner at the time was a major shareholder in Turner Broadcasting, parent company of CNN (both now subsidiaries of Time-Warner) and began looking for ways to get into the news channel business internationally. In 1991, under the direction of Tom McGrath, the then-president of Time-Warner International Broadcasting, the company developed a strategy for Austria, Germany and the German-speaking territories of Switzerland.

One of McGrath's pet projects was a German language 24-hour news channel. McGrath secured the last available transponder on the Kopernikus satellite and secured several terrestrial television licenses for transmission of what would become n-tv. McGrath then recruited several German companies as partners including the Otto Group, APAX Partners and recruited Karl Kuhlo, an experienced German broadcaster as the CEO.

The station started broadcasting in November 1992, headquartered in Berlin. In doing so, it became the first German-language news channel. In 1994 CNN bought 27,5% of the company, and later increased its share to 50%.

In 2004 the station's headquarters were moved to Cologne, where other RTL stations are based.

RTL took full control of n-tv in 2006, having acquired half the company in 2002.

In September 2010, n-tv moved to the Rheinhallen media center in Cologne-Deutz, where all of RTL's TV operations in Germany are based.


n-tv broadcasts news, business and talk shows. The channel broadcasts news from Monday to Friday on the hour. In the morning every half-hour (between 7 and 9 o'clock every 15 minutes). At weekends, the channel broadcasts news every hour. After 8 pm, n-tv broadcasts 15 minute news bulletins, focused on business news.

The channel also broadcasts documentaries and magazine shows focused on sport and lifestyle. A ticker at the bottom of the screen shows news, business and sports headlines as well as weather and stock market information.

Wall Street coverage[edit]

Several correspondents report live from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, the NASDAQ and the New York Mercantile Exchange, including Jens Korte, Lars Halter and Markus Koch.

Former staff[edit]

  • Christoph Keese


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