Arte (proper spelling ARTE, also arte; abbreviation for French Association Relative à la Télévision Européenne " merger respect of European television " ) is a broadcaster based in Strasbourg, France (headquarters), the German Baden -Baden and in Issy -les -Moulineaux in Paris, which is operated in German - French cooperation. Arte was founded in 1991 by the State Treaty of 2 October 1990 between the French Republic on the one hand and the then ten West German Länder and West Berlin on the other hand and went on May 30, 1992 broadcast. The station is part of the Arte G.E.I.E.

  • 4.1 ARTE Live
  • 4.2 ARTE 7
  • 4.3 Arte Future
  • 4.4 Arte Creative
  • 4.5 ARTE Live Web
  • 5.1 Arte G.E.I.E.
  • 5.2 Arte France
  • 5.3 Arte Germany


In November 1988, the Prime Minister of Baden- Württemberg and Rheinland- Pfalz formed together with Hamburg's First Mayor, a working group to develop a French-German cultural channel. The project by the then French President François Mitterrand and Chancellor Helmut Kohl was supported. On October 2, 1990, on the eve of German reunification, it finally came to the signing of an intergovernmental agreement by representatives of the French Republic and the ten former West Germany and Berlin. It formed the basis for the European cultural channel Arte. The five new federal states occurred in 1996.

On April 30, 1991, I founded in Strasbourg, the " European Economic Interest Grouping ARTE " (French Groupement Européen d' Economique = Intérêt, European Economic Interest Grouping '). Equal members are also 1991 resulting Coordination Centre " ARTE Germany TV GmbH " in Baden -Baden, where the public broadcasters ARD and ZDF are involved in 50 per cent, and the French cultural channel La Sept This was already launched in 1986 been and had aired every Saturday since 1989 his broadcasts via satellite ( TDF 1 ) as well as in a program window by the French channel FR3 of 15 clock until midnight. With the founding of La Sept Arte lent its transmission frequency to the new culture channel and was himself a member of Arte. Since its renaming in 2000, La Sept ARTE France is now called; Owned by France Télévisions to 45 %, the French state to 25 %, and Radio France and the INA (French: Institut National Audiovisual ) to 15% each.

On the evening of May 30, 1992 Arte went via satellite ( TDF 1-2 and DFS1 Copernicus ) and cable broadcast. Arte sent his main program first 19-1 clock, from 1994-3 clock at night. Before the start of the evening program ran daily 17-19 clock reruns of shows from the previous day. The program section 17-19 clock, however, was set with the launch of KiKA on 1 January 1997 first again, as the children's channel was disseminated to 19 clock on the satellite and cable frequencies of Arte in timeshare. It was not until October 1998, with the preservation of its own broadcasting slot, already ran from 14 clock in the afternoon broadcasts and since 2006 Arte is around to see the clock.

In 1996, Arte online with its own website. With the launch of the Media library ARTE 7 in October 2007 as well as the live stream since 2012, Webdokumentationen and program additional formats Arte is increasingly focusing on the convergence of television and new media. Simultaneously with the TV offers ARTE Live Web since end of May 2009 regular festivals and concerts live on its website at. In February 2011, was the occasion of transmediale in Berlin, the platform ARTE Creative Online, which is a more interactive interface between the Internet and television. Since January 2012, Arte can also be received as a live stream on the website and via mobile devices.

On 1 July 2008, the HD offshoot ARTE HD went on the air since April 14, 2011 All films will be broadcast in HD quality.

The annual budget of Arte was in 2012 at 440.25 million euros.

Station logos




The 1992 -created channel logo consists of the written in lowercase acronym, arte '. The remarkable thing is that the lower part of the lettering is cut off. In its radicality this graphical decision on Arte project that wanted to break with the former viewing habits and under completely new conditions was launched in years. With the new appearance in 1995, the logo was readable, the acronym came to the fore and the color changed to a warm shade of orange. In January 2004, the logo was inclined to four degrees. Since February 2011, Arte presented in a new, by a team of European artists and designers worked transmitter design; for the screen, Arte logo was staged as a 3D sculpture.


Arte sends a full program. Focuses on culture, Europe, and the provision of information from preferably unusual perspectives, for example, about the programs or Yourope The Forum of Europeans ( 2001-2006).

The newscast ARTE Journal tries the classic separation between politics and culture news annulled because - said Christoph Hauser, program director from 2005 to 2012 - the interface between the two areas is much larger, are presumed to be generally. So the program attempts to identify relationships that are not visible with only a cultural or political point of view only.

The station is known for high-quality documentation and an original transmitter design, for which he has already received several awards along with its contribution to European integration. A kind of "trademark" was the theme night: Periodically ( Tuesdays and Sundays ) two to four TV programs of various genres ( drama, documentary film, documentary, etc.) were an evening shown to a certain, usually the current topic, for example, issues such as monitoring, Google and the Silicon Valley.

In addition Arte shows every week about five feature films productions of contemporary world cinema, which are characterized by artistic originality and imagination. These also include films from foreign countries or from less well-known directors as well as classic movies and silent films. In addition to the movies Friday night and Saturday afternoon television movies are broadcast, which were co-produced more than three-quarters of Arte. Saturday walk in the night program shrill, provocative and quirky trash films. Monday to Friday morning and Thursday night primetime European and international series are shown.

For several years, there is a weekly short film magazine short circuit, which always plays out in addition to reports on festivals and portraits of directors several short films in full length. Furthermore, placed in the program several short films between other consignments; these short films are often not in the official program, publishing the TV magazines, or even Arte listed.

The weekly magazine also provides collision German - French peculiarities and curiosities for artistic, humorous and experimental way.

In the fields of music, theater and dance, the transmitter transmits large events such as the " Folles Journées de Nantes " with classical music and concert recordings known conductors and musicians and performances from renowned European theaters and opera houses. In addition to these classical cultural contributions and the topics that are more likely appeal to the younger crowd Saturday evening, reports the music and culture magazine Tracks on developments in various modern subcultures, and from 2007 until the end of 2011 the music program One Shot brought hardship - jam session with Manu Katché and Alice Tumler rock, pop and world music concerts in the club format on the screen.

With the European magazines The blogger and Yourope the sender tries to adapt well to the changing through the Internet media consumption habits in order to leaning Blogger in presentation and range of topics on Internet blogs, and Yourope wants to involve his audience by invites to refer during the broadcast by video message position and to discuss the issue after the broadcast on the radio station's website further.

Arte shows movies with a few exceptions unamended. Not adult or controversial posts will receive a message at the beginning. In the German version of the second audio channel Arte is usually used to broadcast the French sound or audio description, while basically takes the original use here in France, the bilingual.

The German and French version of Arte temporarily differs considerably, especially in the evening program, since the customs of the countries in relation to the start of the main evening program ( 20:15 clock Germany, France 20:40 clock or later ) to be used. Since both programs are highlighted in two languages ​​, can the spectator, who is of German or French powerful, also benefit from the delayed broadcast.


In 2002, the Arte editorial was awarded the German Critics Prize.

Numerous Arte- productions and co have been awarded important international awards. Among other things, received Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's film The Lives of Others won an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 2007, the German Film Award in Gold in 2006 and the European Film Awards 2006. Latter got 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days in the following year. Paradise now won the 2006 Golden Globe for best foreign language film and G8 on cloud nine in the same year received an Emmy. Furthermore, Daniel Barenboim's performance of the hatred was We can only decrease along with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, an Emmy and the Golden FIPA Award.

At the Academy Awards in 2008 Peter and the Wolf as the best animated short film as well as taxi to the darkside received the trophy for Best Documentary.

In 2012 won Arte co-productions acclaimed film awards. Besides Tous au Larzac Rouauds Christian, who won the César for best documentary, the films were Stopped on Track by Andreas Dresen and Gerhard Richter - Painting by Corinna Belz awarded the German Film Award for Best Feature Film and Best Documentary.

Arte and Arte Magazine Edition

The TV magazine ARTE magazine provides a monthly overview of the Arte program with background information on the program highlights, interviews with prominent actors and directors as well as book and service tips. Elementary part of the booklet is the full and complete part of the program.

The magazine now has about 89,000 subscribers and is also available for individual sale at newsstands since January 2007. Paid circulation is over 100,000 copies in a month. The total circulation is around 130,000 copies. The Arte magazine increased its paid circulation in 2010 compared to 2009 by approximately five percent, which is one of the exceptions in the edition marked by declines in print media market. The paid circulation for the full year 2011 remained at the same level as last year, however, reached in the fourth quarter, the highest level ever.

Arte Edition includes a wide range of DVDs with games and TV films, concerts and opera productions, documentaries and documentary series.

ARTE online


The ARTE program as a live stream will be available on and on the ARTE App on mobile devices.


In the library ARTE ARTE 7 numerous broadcasts can be seen on their television broadcast for seven days on the internet.

Arte Future

The platform Arte Future invites viewers and users to meet the challenges of the future to a to discuss with experts new life models and perspectives. Documentation such as China - The New Superpower or series such as Real Humans - real people around the topics environment, economy, technology and society accompany the debates. In just a few clicks, visitors can access to information on the subject and the discussions.

Arte Creative

ARTE Creative is a magazine, a laboratory and a network for contemporary culture. It is content to creativity in all its diversity: Arte Creative presents qualitatively outstanding work in the fields of art, film, pop culture, design and architecture. All creative fields of photography, painting, street art, new media, net art, video art about music, advertising, gaming to graphic, product and web design, typography be covered. Exclusive video works there by renowned artists such as Nam June Paik, John Baldessari, Bill Viola, Tracey Emin and many more. Together with the community new editorial formats and experiments at the interface of the Web / TV are in the " laboratory " developed - there is also the most important universities, festivals, museums and institutions of cooperation. Arte Creative is with Arte Live Web one of the pillars of the Arte Galaxy and a focus of activity in the new media.

ARTE Live Web

ARTE Live Web transmits a selection of recent and current performing arts live on its website. Shown Arte co-productions and recordings and records of Arte- partners, which in addition to large stage houses also free troops, festivals, independent artists, producers and websites belong. The offer is aimed at a broad audience of supporters of the lyrical art, rock music, theater, chamber music, jazz and electronic music. Since the start of the side end of May 2009 of which half were over 2,000 performances, broadcast live. In addition to performances, concerts and exclusive interviews with the artists and key players in the various festivals and extracts offered from rehearsals at the Arte Live Web portal backstage reports.

Logo Arte 7

Logo ARTE Future




Arte consists of three units: the Central Arte GEIE in Strasbourg and the two members Arte France and Germany Arte TV GmbH. The latter each provide 40 % of the transmitted Arte programs. From headquarters and other cooperating with Arte transmitters come with the remaining 20 % of shipments. Arte France and Germany Arte submit program proposals, are jointly responsible for the financing and control of the headquarters in Strasbourg and in all committees and organs of Arte GEIE represented.

The station is funded 95% of the charges in Germany and France license fees. According to the founding treaty of the station is not advertising, partial funding through sponsorship is permitted.

Arte collaborates with several European partners, who have committed themselves under association contracts to implement a specific number of co-production and mutual exchange programs. To the associated stations that are represented in an advisory capacity in the bodies of Arte include: ORF ( Austria ), RTBF (Belgium ), TVP (Poland), ERT (Greece ), SRG SSR ( Switzerland ) and soon YLE (Finland ) and Česka Televize (Czech Republic).

Arte G.E.I.E.

The Central Arte G.E.I.E. has its headquarters in Strasbourg and decide on program strategy, program design and programming. She is responsible for broadcasting and speech handling of shipments and for program presentation. In collaboration with the members coordinated and designed Arte GEIE the communication of the transmitter and coordinates relations with the European partners. In addition, the newscast Arte Journal as well as some themed evenings and discussions in Strasbourg are produced. The center employs 424 permanent employees.

Since 13 October 2003, the registered office of Arte GEIE combines on the Quai Chanoine Winterer in Strasbourg close to the European institutions all HQ departments under one roof. The building was designed by the architect Hans Struhk and Maechel / Delaunay / Jund and has a floor space of 14,350 m².

The entrance to the building since 2006 adorns the giraffes man, a sculpture by Stephan Balkenhol.

The Board consists of four members who shall be appointed for four years:

  • President: Véronique Cayla
  • Vice President: Gottfried Lange stone
  • Program Director: Alain Le Diberder
  • Administrative Director: Armin Breger

Arte France

Arte France with headquarters in Issy -les -Moulineaux produced in the southwest of Paris, co-produced and also acquires programs for Arte. The French member has 220 full-time employees who work in the areas of program, communications, development, international cooperation and management. Shareholders are France Télévisions to 45 %, the State France to 25%, Radio France to 15% and the Institut National Audiovisual ( INA) to 15%. Arte France has two subsidiaries, the feature film production company, Arte France Cinéma and the audio-visual publishing and production company Arte France Développement, which sells, among other things Arte Edition.

The French member of Arte is involved in the French specialty channel France 4 and, as partner of TV5 and Canal France International ( CFI) also these channels their programs. In addition, Arte France is involved in the French-Canadian culture television ARTV.

President of Arte France Véronique Cayla is, General Director is Anne Durupty.

Arte Germany

Arte Germany produced based in Baden -Baden or acquires the programs, which are contributed by the German side to the overall program of Arte. Shareholders are the state broadcasters ARD and ZDF. In the penalty determination procedure for public service broadcasting in Germany is Germany Arte contact the KEF. In addition Arte Germany performs central tasks in the area of ​​program-related communication in Germany and cooperates with numerous cultural and media partners.

The managing director of Arte Germany are Peter Latzel and Wolfgang Bergmann.


The German version of Arte is bilingual broadcast across Europe via satellite ( Astra 1 digital to 10743.75 MHz transponders 51). The analog broadcast by Arte Germany was terminated on 30 April 2012. Arte France sends via Astra digitally on 12,402 MHz. In the German cable channel can be received in part around the clock, in the French analog only in the evening and digitally throughout the day; via satellite and partly via DVB- T 24 hours. On 1 July 2008 started on Astra HDTV broadcasting (DVB -S2) in 720p resolution in German language. The version in full HD ( 1080i) is encrypted on Astra, but on Hotbird 13 ° east unencrypted ( with German audio channel ).

In many European countries such as Belgium, Austria, Switzerland, Finland, Spain and the Netherlands Arte can also be received via cable. The station has also entered into a cooperation agreement with 14 state-owned television stations in Central and Eastern Europe, the Balkans and Central Asia, spread a selection of Arte programs. For public broadcasters in Italy, Israel and Romania Arte has its own program window.

The receipt of the application over the Internet via live stream is available via the station's website and via Zattoo. In addition, there are individual sizes as a podcast download.

Since October 1, 2007 there is a new web portal for web television, called ARTE 7. A selection of items ( including movies ) can be considered a further seven days free of charge via streaming on the internet for the television broadcast, the use of this service is limited to places of residence in the European French and German-speaking countries. A separate live stream came from January 7, 2012 to do so.

In addition Arte sends in some areas of Germany ( such as Baden- Württemberg) and throughout France via TNT (DVB -T) in SD format (in addition to France as HD), so that both usually time-shifted programs can be received in border areas to both countries.

Market shares

Arte in France has a higher average market share (1.7% ) than in Germany (0.75 % as of each 2011). It should be noted that the transmitter in Germany is subject to a much tougher competition than in France, where there were long only seven free -to-air analogue TV channels (TF1, France 2, France 3, Canal , France 5, Arte, M6) - there lacked the particular alternative to culture-specific program points showing on the German side especially 3sat. With the introduction of digital terrestrial television TNT in April 2005 Arte was able to expand its broadcasting times there, but will now face even more competitors. Thus Arte showed slight loss rate in France.

The previous record rate in Germany reached Kai Wessels TV movie Escape with 2.4 million viewers.