Tagesschau (German TV programme)

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Logo since 1997
GenreNews Programme
Presented bySee presenters below
Theme music composerHans Carste
Opening theme"Hammond Fantasy"
Country of originWest Germany (1952–1990)
Germany (1990–present)
Original languageGerman
Production locationHamburg
Running time5–15 min
Original release
NetworkDas Erste, Tagesschau24 and
several other ARD channels
Release26 December 1952 (1952-12-26) –
Tagesthemen, Nachtmagazin

Tagesschau (pronounced [ˈtaːɡəsˌʃaʊ̯] , German for Review of the Day) is a German national and international television news service produced by the editorial staff of ARD-aktuell on behalf of the German public-service television network ARD.

The main edition of the programme is aired at 20:00 (08:00 pm) on Das Erste. It is also simulcast on several ARD-affiliated networks, including NDR Fernsehen, RBB Fernsehen, SWR Fernsehen, WDR Fernsehen, hr-fernsehen, 3sat, Phoenix, and ARD-alpha. It also broadcasts for most of the day on tagesschau24. Recorded Tagesschau newscasts can also be seen via YouTube internationally. In addition, there is a tagesschau.de website managed by ARD that is increasingly operated as a news portal with its own editorial office.


Tagesschau (literally "Day's Show", or loosely "(Re)view of the Day"; a play on the term Wochenschau, the weekly newsreel formerly shown in cinemas) is both the oldest and the most watched news program on German television. The first edition was transmitted on Nordwestdeutscher Rundfunk (North-Western German Broadcasting) on 26 December 1952. Initially broadcast three times a week, the programme expanded in 1956 to air Monday to Saturday, with Sunday editions beginning in 1961. The nightly 8-pm edition of Tagesschau is watched by up to 10 million viewers, equivalent to a 33% audience reach. Currently, the bulletin is produced by NDR (Northern German Broadcasting) through ARD-aktuell (the ARD's news department) from its studios in Hamburg.

The main 15-minute bulletin is broadcast at 20:00 CET or CEST (08:00 pm CET or CEST) each evening with shorter bulletins broadcast throughout the day. The end of the 20:00 bulletin, at 20:15, marks the beginning of prime time on German television, in which both ARD and ZDF end commercial advertising on Monday through Saturday evenings (the clock with hours, minutes, and seconds is shown in the last ad break, a final in-clock ad is aired before the chime). An attempt by commercial station Sat.1 in the late 1990s to begin their prime time schedule at 20:00 was so unsuccessful that it was discontinued after only a few weeks.

In 1978, the late edition of Tagesschau was replaced by Tagesthemen (Subjects of the Day or "Themes of the Day"), a half-hour programme featuring more in-depth reports, analysis, and commentary. The programme continues to air at 22:15 each evening. A late-night, magazine-style programme, Nachtmagazin (Night Magazine), airs at around 00:30. A weekly review programme entitled Wochenspiegel (Mirror of the Week) was produced by the Tagesschau production team and aired on Sundays around lunch time. The program aired its last episode on 24 August 2014 in a major reshuffle.

The program's trademark continues to be the eight o'clock chime followed by a recorded announcement, spoken by Claudia Urbschat-Mingues, "Hier ist das Erste Deutsche Fernsehen mit der Tagesschau" ("This is First German Television with the Tagesschau"). The Tagesschau theme music has remained the same since 1956, although the arrangement has been modernized several times, most recently in 2014 by Henning Lohner.

On 25 July 1988 the Tagesschau was on the brink of being cancelled due to a warning strike organized by the broadcasting union RFFU. This blackout would have been for the first (and only) time in its history, but the Rundschau from Bavaria, produced by Bayerisches Fernsehen (Bavarian Television) in Munich, helped out as a substitute program.[1]

Tagesschau aired its 20,000th broadcast on 31 December 2010.


Marc Bator
Jan Hofer
Judith Rakers
Jens Riewa
Susanne Stichler, Dagmar Berghoff and Wilhelm Wieben

Chief anchors[edit]

Current presenters[edit]

Former presenters[edit]

in alphabetical order

† The person who is/was currently or previously anchoring in the main 15-minute newscast of Tagesschau.


Media studies and criticism[edit]

Plurality of perspectives lacking[edit]

The long-term study of the Otto Brenner Stiftung by Hans-Jürgen Arlt and Wolfgang Storz from March 2010 on "Business Journalism during the crisis - The mass media handling of the financial market policy" analyzed working methods of the news broadcasts from 1999 to fall 2009, especially in news formats like Tagesschau and Tagesthemen. The study arrives at the conclusion that these formats failed during the crisis, due to the editorial team's lack of different perspectives, focusing solely on representatives of the German government, banks, some scientists and their points of view. "This narrowing of perspective leads to severe losses of reality which is to be considered as serious journalistic misconduct".[2]

Bias in covering the Ukraine Crisis 2013/2014[edit]

In September 2014, following a critical review from the editorial council (Programmbeirat), ARD-aktuell stated: "Criticism of our news-coverage respecting Ukraine has caused an echo on a hitherto unprecedented scale".[3]

Bias in not covering criminal incidents involving refugees[edit]

In the case of the 2016 murder of the 19-year-old daughter of a high-ranking EU official[4] by an Afghan refugee, Tagesschau did not report the case in its main edition on 3 December, claiming it was of only "regional significance" and that "the special protection for juveniles" would apply in this case. Public broadcaster ZDF had carried the story. Tagesschau's reasons for not reporting it were subjected to criticism, Stern magazine wrote that they had given an "absurd" explanation for their "ignorance".[5][6] Two days later, ARD magazine Tagesthemen started to report about the case after public pressure.[7] When chancellor Angela Merkel was questioned about the case during the programme, she stated: "If the fact should prove true that an Afghan refugee is responsible, then we should absolutely condemn this, exactly as in the case of any other murderer, and we should clearly name this." ARD announced their intent to engage a "quality manager" henceforth to deal with the growing public criticism of their decisions.[8]

In the case of the 2017 murder of 15-year-old Mia V. by an Afghan refugee, unlike other German TV news broadcasters, ARD Tagesschau did not report the case at first. Only after public pressure Tagesschau featured the incident in its main edition.[9]


  1. ^ "Tagesschau vom 25. Juli 1988 (Produziert vom BR in München)". YouTube. Archived from the original on May 26, 2022. Retrieved May 26, 2022.
  2. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on August 21, 2016. Retrieved August 19, 2016.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Zwischenbilanz: Der Ukraine-Konflikt in der Tagesschau | blog.tagesschau.de". Archived from the original on September 30, 2014. Retrieved April 2, 2015., Kai Gniffke: Zwischenbilanz: Der Ukraine-Konflikt in der Tagesschau, ARD-aktuell vom 29. September 2014, retrieved, 15 January 2015
  4. ^ Roberts, Joe (September 6, 2017). "Afghan national 'raped EU official's daughter to satisfy sexual urges before killing her'". Metro. Archived from the original on January 25, 2018. Retrieved January 25, 2018. he grabbed me at the hips and legs, lifted me up and threw me down the cliff.'
  5. ^ "Darum ließ die "Tagesschau" die Freiburg-Meldung weg" [Therefore, the "Tagesschau" left the Freiburg message]. Die Welt (in German). December 4, 2016. Archived from the original on September 5, 2017. Retrieved December 4, 2016.
  6. ^ "'Tagesschau' ignoriert Festnahme in Freiburg - das ist die absurde Begründung" ['Tagesschau' ignores arrest in Freiburg - this is the absurd reason]. Der Stern (in German). October 4, 2016. Archived from the original on June 12, 2018. Retrieved December 6, 2016.
  7. ^ ""Tagesthemen" berichten über Mordverdacht gegen Flüchtling" ["Tagesthemen" report on murder suspicions against refugees]. Die Welt (in German). December 5, 2016. Archived from the original on December 24, 2016. Retrieved December 6, 2016.
  8. ^ "Merkel fordert, "Mörder ganz deutlich zu benennen"" [Merkel calls for 'clearly naming murderers']. Die Welt (in German). October 6, 2016. Archived from the original on September 6, 2017. Retrieved December 6, 2016.
  9. ^ "Deshalb berichtete die "Tagesschau" zunächst nicht über Kandel" [Therefore, the "Tagesschau" initially did not report on Kandel]. Die Welt (in German). December 28, 2017. Archived from the original on January 10, 2018. Retrieved June 12, 2018.

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