Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg

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Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (rbb) (Berlin-Brandenburg Broadcasting) is an institution under public law (national broadcaster) for the German states of Berlin and Brandenburg, situated in Berlin and Potsdam. rbb was established on 1 May 2003 through the merger of Sender Freies Berlin (SFB) and Ostdeutscher Rundfunk Brandenburg (ORB), based in Potsdam, and is a member of the Association of PSBs in the Federal Republic of Germany (ARD).

rbb has not only the two main studios in Berlin and Potsdam, but also regional studios in Cottbus and Frankfurt (Oder) and regional offices in Perleberg and Prenzlau. In addition, rbb operates the ARD International Studio in Warsaw, whose responsibility interchanges every five years between rbb and WDR (WDR was last in charge from May 2009 to September 2014).[1] The institution also operates the ARD Play-Out Center in Potsdam, a broadcast center for the programs within the ARD digital bouquet. rbb, together with WDR, is responsible for the ARD television studio in Berlin.

Legal basis

rbb was built on 25 June 2002 on the basis of the treaty about the establishment of a joint broadcasting company by the states of Berlin and Brandenburg. Therefore, rbb hosts radio and television and has to make sure that both treaty states will be equally provided "with respect to the regional program needs".


Every household in Germany is lawfully bound to pay 17,50 Euro per month as so called "Rundfunkbeitrag" (broadcast contribution) to finance the public broadcast system. [2]



  • rbb Fernsehen - Berlin and Brandenburg's regional public-broadcasting TV channel (successor to the former SFB 1 and ORB TV channels). Between 19.30 and 20.00, the channel transmits separate regional news programmes for Berlin ("Abendschau") and Brandenburg ("Brandenburg aktuell")
  • Das Erste - Germany's main television network, to which RBB – as a member of ARD – contributes 7% of programming hours
  • Phoenix - ARD and ZDF's joint news, events and current-affairs channel
  • KI.KA - ARD and ZDF's joint children's channel
  • arte - Franco-German cultural channel
  • 3sat - Cultural channel provided jointly by ARD, ZDF, ORF (Austrian Broadcasting), and SRG (Swiss Broadcasting)


See also: German television

Well known productions

rbb is producing for ARD crime films for the crime series Tatort and Polizeiruf 110, the political journal Kontraste and the satirical show Satiregipfel (formerly "Scheibenwischer"). In the years from 2003 to 2005 rbb broadcast the Kurt Krömer Show, which attracted attention nationwide. Since 2005/06 the institution produces the successor format Bei Krömers for ARD.

The regional news show Abendschau has a high profile in the capital region. Since 1958, initially with a slot in ARD including nationwide transmission of the Berlin visit of John F. Kennedy, and later distributed under SFB-frequency, Abendschau reports as an urban magazine on politics, economy, sports and timeliness in Berlin and presents sensitivities, originals and anecdotes from the districts and boroughs.

For younger audiences between four and eight years old, rbb produces the "Ohrenbär".


  1. WDR uebergibt ARD-Berichterstattung an rbb. Westdeutscher Rundfunk. 19 September 2014. Retrieved 2 January 2015.

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