Tagesschau (German TV series)

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Tagesschau logo.png
Genre News Programme
Theme music composer Hans Carste
Opening theme "Hammond Fantasy"
Country of origin Germany
Original language(s) German
Producer(s) ARD-aktuell
Location(s) Hamburg
Running time 5–15 min
Original network Das Erste, Tagesschau24
several other ARD channels
Original release 26 December 1952 – present
Related shows Tagesthemen, Nachtmagazin
External links

Tagesschau (Daily News) 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, EinsPlus, and ARD-alpha. It also broadcasts for the most time of the day on tagesschau24. In addition, recorded Tagesschau newscasts can also be seen via YouTube internationally.


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. 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 was axed on August 24, 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 Hans Zimmer.

On July 25, 1988 the Tagesschau was imminent to be 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 in Munich, helped out as a substitute program.

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


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".[1]

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 the Ukraine has caused an echo on a hitherto unprecedented scale".[2]

Bias (in not covering murders by refugees)[edit]

In the case of the 2016 murder of the 19-year-old daughter of a high-ranking EU official[3] by an Afghan refugee, ARD newsmagazine 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".[4][5] Two days later, ARD magazine Tagesthemen started to report about the case after public pressure.[6] 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.[7]

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.[8]


  1. ^ https://www.otto-brenner-stiftung.de/fileadmin/user_data/stiftung/Aktuelles/AH63/AH63_Zusammenfassung.pdf
  2. ^ http://blog.tagesschau.de/2014/09/29/zwischenbilanz-der-ukraine-konflikt-in-der-tagesschau/, Kai Gniffke: Zwischenbilanz: Der Ukraine-Konflikt in der Tagesschau, ARD-aktuell vom 29. September 2014, retrieved, 15 January 2015
  3. ^ Roberts, Joe (6 September 2017). "Afghan national 'raped EU official's daughter to satisfy sexual urges before killing her'". Metro. Retrieved 25 January 2018. he grabbed me at the hips and legs, lifted me up and threw me down the cliff.’ 
  4. ^ "Darum ließ die "Tagesschau" die Freiburg-Meldung weg" [Therefore, the "Tagesschau" left the Freiburg message]. Die Welt (in German). 4 December 2016. Retrieved 4 December 2016. 
  5. ^ "'Tagesschau' ignoriert Festnahme in Freiburg - das ist die absurde Begründung" ['Tagesschau' ignores arrest in Freiburg - this is the absurd reason]. Der Stern (in German). 4 October 2016. Retrieved 6 December 2016. 
  6. ^ ""Tagesthemen" berichten über Mordverdacht gegen Flüchtling" ["Tagesthemen" report on murder suspicions against refugees]. Die Welt (in German). 5 December 2016. Retrieved 6 December 2016. 
  7. ^ "Merkel fordert, "Mörder ganz deutlich zu benennen"" [Merkel calls for 'clearly naming murderers']. Die Welt (in German). 6 October 2016. Retrieved 6 December 2016. 
  8. ^ Deshalb berichtete die "Tagesschau" zunächst nicht über Kandel, Die Welt

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