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RTL-II-Logo ab Sommer 2009.svg
Launched 6 March 1993
Owned by RTL Group S.A., Heinrich Bauer Verlag KG, Tele München Fernseh GmbH & Co. Medienbeteiligung KG, Burda GmbH
Picture format 16:9 576i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Audience share 3.7% (2015, dwdl.de[1])
Country Germany
Broadcast area National
also distributed in:
Southeast Europe
Eastern Europe
Headquarters Grünwald, Germany
Formerly called RTL 2 (1993-1999)
Website rtl2.de
DVB-T Various; region dependent
Astra 1L (19.2°E) 12187.50 Horizontal 89 (DVB-S)
12226.50 Horizontal 91 (RTL II Austria; DVB-S)
Astra 1M (19.2°E) 10832.25 Horizontal 57 (RTL II HD; encrypted DVB-S2)
Hot Bird 13A (13°E) 11054.00 Horizontal 127 (RTL II Switzerland; DVB-S)
Kabel Deutschland
Yes (part of basic package)[2]
Channel 12 (all packages)[4]
Channel 168
UPC Cablecom
Channel 12[5]
Hansenet Yes[3]
T-Online Yes[3]
Telekom Austria Yes[3]

RTL II is a commercial, privately owned, general-interest German television channel. In 2014 the channel had a market share of 3,9% among viewers aged over three.[6]


RTL II started broadcasting on 6 March 1993 at 6:09 a.m. with the movie Ein reizender Fratz.

Logo of RTL II from 1993-1996; similar to the logo used by KGAN-TV from 1993-2004.


The channel is operated by RTL2 Fernsehen GmbH & Co. KG., which was founded in 1992 and employs a staff of approximately 210 people. Since June 2014 its Managing Director has been Andreas Bartl.[7] The company was originally headquartered in Cologne, but is now run in the municipality of Grünwald, to the south of Munich; only its news department is still based in Cologne, in order to share the production facilities of RTL news. The company is jointly owned by: RTL Group S.A. (35.9%),[8] Heinrich Bauer Verlag KG (31.5%),[9] Tele München Fernseh GmbH & Co. Medienbeteiligung KG (31.5%, of which the Tele München Gruppe and The Walt Disney Company hold 50% each).[8] and Burda GmbH (1.1%)[8]


Programming pillars are daily episodes of the local Big Brother in access prime-time, and a prime-time lineup consisting mostly of "docu-soaps", movies and licensed series such as 24 and Stargate SG-1. Recent efforts to move further towards quality programming with science magazines and documentaries have met with an indifferent audience response.[citation needed]

The channel's prime-time newscast RTL II News is frequently criticized[citation needed] for its selection of news stories, which are seen to cater to a young audience; for example, it has been known to put a CD release or the launch of a new gaming console in the second headline slot directly after the day's top event.[original research?] This unconventional approach has brought RTL II's broadcasting licence into jeopardy at least once, as a German commercial broadcaster has to feature minimum amounts of serious informational and cultural programming to be allowed a full channel licence.[citation needed] In addition to its own newscast formats (RTL II News, RTL II Spezial. Das Magazin and Das Nachrichtenjournal), the channel commissions independent producers to create its own productions, which it airs in the afternoons.

Afternoon programming[edit]

In the afternoon, the channel now primarily features its own docu soap and reality show productions.[10]

Access prime-time[edit]

During access prime-time RTL II airs the soaps Köln 50667 and Berlin – Tag & Nacht on weekdays, movies on Saturdays, and science magazines Welt der Wunder and Schau dich schlau! on Sundays.


Among its prime-time line-up the channel's own docu soap productions such as Die Geissens – Eine schrecklich glamouröse Familie and Frauentausch are particularly successful. Various US shows such as Game of Thrones[11] and The Walking Dead[12] have been, and continue to be, the most successful series of RTL II's prime-time slot. Its late-night line-up also features US series such as Autopsy – Mysteriöse Todesfälle and Flashpoint.

Movies also account for a major share of the channel's prime-time and late night content. In addition to the large number of Hollywood movies, RTL II also broadcasts Indian Bollywood movies in this slot since 2004.

Anime and children's programming[edit]

RTL II has offered the largest anime content of all free-to-air German-language TV channels.[citation needed] It aired about over 80 Anime series since the channel and also broadcast cartoons. On weekdays, RTL II also airs an anime afternoon under their children/youth banner "Pokito". Following tensions with media authorities, RTL II's standards and practices department is believed[by whom?] to be especially sensitive about children's programming. As a consequence, the channel cuts scenes in anime series like Detective Conan,[13] InuYasha,[14] One Piece[15] and Naruto,[16][17] for which it has received criticism from anime fans. Some episodes where the original version had previously been given a FSK 6 rating, meaning that it is suitable for children ages 6 up and may legally be aired at all hours of the day have even been edited down.[citation needed] In February 2013 RTL II announced that its Sunday morning children's programme would be discontinued as of 21 April 2013. A separate online channel for anime was launched in April.[18]

German premiers[edit]

RTL II was the first channel to introduce various foreign TV formats on German television such as:

- The Final Countdown: a show aired at the start of the new millennium lasting 24 hours and showing celebrations in various locations all over the world. - Popstars in 2000 was the first casting show aired on German television. - Jack Point Jack in 2003 was the first interactive movie on German television. - Bollywood movies: On 19 November 2004 RTL II aired Sometimes happiness, sometimes sadness (German: In guten wie in schweren Tagen - original title: Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham), the first dubbed Bollywood movie on German television, and achieved an audience share of over 12.3% among the target group of 14- to 49-year-olds.[19] Due to its great success Indian movies have been regularly aired on the channel ever since. Previously, Bollywood movies had been broadcast in Hindi with German subtitles on ARTE and VOX.

Programming aired by RTL II[edit]

From Australia[edit]

From Canada[edit]

From Japan[edit]

From the United Kingdom[edit]

From the United States[edit]

German Reality Shows[edit]


Other Animated Series[edit]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Sat.1 legt zu, Das Erste mit Tief, RTL und ZDF vorn". dwdl.de. Retrieved 2016-01-01. 
  2. ^ "Kabelfernsehen: Übersicht aller TV-Sender - Kabel Deutschland" [Cabel Television: overview of all TV stations - Kabel Deutschland] (in German). Kabel Deutschland. Retrieved 6 April 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c "RTL 2 - Empfangbarkeit". Rtl2.de. Retrieved 2013-03-15. 
  4. ^ "A1 TV Senderliste" [A1 TV channel list] (PDF) (in German). A1. Retrieved 6 April 2012. 
  5. ^ "Digitale TV-Sender" [Digital TV channels] (PDF) (in German). UPC Cablecom. Retrieved 6 April 2012. 
  6. ^ http://www.kek-online.de/fileadmin/Download_KEK/Zuschaueranteile/Zuschaueranteile_2014_Kreis.pdf
  7. ^ http://www.dwdl.de/nachrichten/45926/andreas_bartl_wird_neuer_rtliigeschaeftsfuehrer/
  8. ^ a b c "Operations - Television -Germany - RTL II". RTL Group. 2009-10-19. Retrieved 2013-03-15. 
  9. ^ "Bauer Media Group: Beteiligungen". Bauermedia.com. Retrieved 2013-03-15. 
  10. ^ "RTL II verzichtet komplett auf Sitcoms –". Quotenmeter.de. 2012-05-26. Retrieved 2013-03-15. 
  11. ^ "Gute Quoten für RTL-II-Fantasy-Serie "Game of Thrones" in drei Blöcken - SPIEGEL ONLINE". Spiegel.de. Retrieved 2013-03-15. 
  12. ^ ""The Walking Dead": Erneut voller Erfolg für RTL II". DWDL.de. Retrieved 2013-03-15. 
  13. ^ "Animedigital-Conan Cuts". Animedigital.de. Retrieved 2013-03-15. 
  14. ^ "Animedigital-Inuyasha Cuts". Animedigital.de. Retrieved 2013-03-15. 
  15. ^ "Animedigital-One Piece Cuts". Op-cuts.animedigital.de. Retrieved 2013-03-15. 
  16. ^ "Animedigital-Naruto Cuts". Animedigital.de. Retrieved 2013-03-15. 
  17. ^ Schnittberichte.com-Naruto[dead link]
  18. ^ "RTL II verlagert seine Animes komplett ins Internet". DWDL.de. 2013-02-26. Retrieved 2013-03-15. 
  19. ^ ""Bollywood ist für uns ein Imageprodukt": RTL II mag es indisch". DWDL.de. Retrieved 2013-03-15. 
  20. ^ "RTL II kauft britische Serie "Torchwood"". quotenmeter.de. Retrieved 2008-07-14.