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TV & Radio

Read more about local TV and radio broadcasters and find English-language news about Hamburg, Germany and the rest of the world.

TV and Radio Broadcasting in and on Hamburg

Whether it's the latest news, Hamburg-related stories or just entertainment, Hamburg is one of Germany's most important media locations. As all over Germany, you have to pay for public service radio and tv in Hamburg. This fee, the so-called Rundfunkbeitrag, is obligatory for every household (not for every single person). There are also a lot of commercial channels ─ some of them specialised in  Hamburg. And ─ last but not least ─ some really cool independent channels.

The programmes are generally broadcasted in German, but there are some channels that provide international programme, such as the independent radio channel Freies Sender Kombinat (FSK) (German only), which broadcasts in different languages. Deutsche Welle (DW) is not made in Hamburg, but is a good source for German and international news, as well as human interest programmes and is broadcasted in a wide array of languages. If you're looking for an official site to inform yourself about politics and news in English, you can also have a look at the website of the Federal Foreign Office.

Find regional TV and radio channels from Hamburg listed below.

Regional TV

Tide TV (German only)
Independent television channel that is open for public participation, based in Hamburg. Goal is to allow citizens of Hamburg to create and produce concepts for radio and TV.

Hamburg 1 (German only)
Private, regional broadcaster based in Hamburg. The programme includes regional, national and international news, as well as shows focusing on local businesses.

Public TV

NDR (German only)
North German Broadcaster, produces 'Hamburg Journal' and other programmes, also broadcasted on other channels, i.e. ARD

ZDF (German only)
Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen, public German broadcaster based in Mainz.

Studio Hamburg
Produces shows that are set in Hamburg for ARD and ZDF, such as Großstadtrevier (a really popular series that has been around for a long time), Notruf Hafenkante (see photo) and Quizduell.

Commercial TV

SAT.1 (German only)
Germany's oldest commercial broadcaster. The nation-wide programme includes news, entertainment, game shows and documentaries.

RTL (NORD) (German only)
Produces regional news and human interest programmes for Hamburg, Schleswig-Holstein, Niedersachsen and Bremen.

SPIEGEL TV WISSEN (German only)
TV-production company of the 'SPIEGEL' publishing house.

BIBEL TV (German only)
24-hour Christian television channel based in Hamburg, financed by donations.

Radio

Check out this map for an overview of radio broadcasters you can receive in Hamburg.

Independent radio

FSK 93.0 (German only)
Tide 96.0 (German only)

Public radio

NDR (German only) ─ all kinds of different channels, such as NDR Info, NDR Info Spezial, NDR 2, NDR Kultur, N-Joy, NDR Blue, NDR 90,3 (City) NDR Traffic (traffic news)

Deutschlandradio (Deutschlandradio Kultur, DRadio Wissen, Deutschlandfunk)

Commercial radio

NDR 90,3 (German only)
Alsterradio (German only)
Deltaradio (German only)
Hamburg Zwei (German only)
Radio Energy (German only)
Klassik Radio (German only)
Radio Hamburg (German only)
917xFM (German only)

Internetradio

BYTE FM  (German only)
Radio.Net