WDR Fernsehen

WDR television is the regional television program of the West German Radio for North Rhine -Westphalia.


The program took on December 17, 1965 under the name of West German television ( WDF ) transmission on. In 1988 the program was renamed West 3, since 1994 it sends under the present name.

Since 1991, a distinction is made in the State Broadcasting Treaty between full programs and special interest programs and associated WDR Fernsehen full programs.

On April 30, 2012, a HD simulcast in high-resolution format launched 720p. However, only WDR Cologne is sent continuously in HD. All other HD channels use a feature of DVB, which allows the use of the same video signal through multiple channels Transponder: For local time they use the SD signal of the local programs, at other times a generic HD signal.

Former logo of the WDR television (1970-1988)

Logo of the WDR television predecessor West 3 (1988-1994)

Logo to November 11, 2013

Logo of WDR TV HD on 30 April 2012 to November 11, 2013

Another variant of the logo (1994-2013)

Transmitter identifier 1994 to November 11, 2013

Transmitter identification since November 12, 2013

Transmitter identification of WDR HD since November 12, 2013

Known shipments

The WDR or WDF- broadcast end was open in the late 1960s and early 1970s a very popular talk show. 1971 saw the format of a stir when the former manager of the band Sharam, Nikel Pallat, according to a panel discussion on the subject Pop & Co - the other music between protest and commerce with a prepared ax tried to break up the table in the studio, what he did not succeed. Then he took the table microphones and said that he could use it in his work with inmates of a correctional facility. Before the WDR or WDF could intervene in the situation, 45 seconds was broadcast live on German TV screens.

With its award-winning political talk show hard but fair with Frank Plasberg reached WDR television nationwide on average ratings; In October 2007, the format changed to the First. Once a week on Sundays Westpol informed about state politics from NRW. In the past, the political magazine ZAK attracted attention. WDR television produced with Cosmo TV since September 2003, the only show on German television that specifically deals with the issues of migration and integration in Germany and in the process. Both at those with an immigrant background, especially young people, as applies to the wider public

Also for info programs such as market, at home and on the road and service time (health, mobile, Family, Home & Garden and Food & Beverage ) is known WDR television.

The light emitted since 1995 Talk Radio Domian also gained nationwide notoriety. Moderator Jürgen Domian Award in 2003 for his involvement in the program with the Medal of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.

The Great property check and Yvonne Willicks - - The Great Financial Check From the year 2000, many soap operas such as The Junk King ( with Roland flexor ), Dr. House were broadcast. One of the first docu-soaps is the winner of the Adolf- Grimme-Preis "lose weight in food". Likewise, the Fussbroichs were broadcast by the WDR.

Many entertainment programs or had at WDR Fernsehen their home. These include Harald Schmidt shows Pssst ... and Schmidteinander that were later adopted in the first, as well as rooms!, Dittsche and Zeigler's wonderful world of football.

The Science Department with their moderator Ranga Yogeshwar enjoys high reputation mainly because of Quarks & Co.

Legendary is also the Hobbythek with Jean Pütz, presented in, for example, for the first time a detergent in a modular way or another practical everyday knowledge was conveyed. In this context, the " WDR Computer Club " with his editor / moderator Wolfgang Back should not be forgotten - he has 1981-2003 with its own developments such as " know-how computers " and " Videodat " and the active BTX and Internet popularization whole technician inspired generations.

The children's program of WDR television nationwide success: The program with the mouse, Wissen macht Ah, nine and a half and Captain Bluebear are produced here! .

1978 WDR Television for the broadcast of the U.S. television series Holocaust - The Story of the White family received the German Critics Prize.


WDR television relies heavily on regional information. Besides its own, produced from the broadcasting center in Dusseldorf, newscasts WDR News and Current hour with several issues daily and the takeover of the evening news, the program is on weekdays at 10:00 clock, 18:00 clock and 19:30 clock for the local time divided into eleven regional programs.

The regionalization began on 1 October 1984 with the broadcast of regional " windows programs ", first from Dusseldorf, Cologne, Münster, Bielefeld and Dortmund. In 1991, the South Westphalia window followed ( was first sent from Dortmund since 1992 in Siegen ), in April 1996 the window of Wuppertal, in November of the year followed Aachen, 1997 Essen. The last two windows launched on 1 February 2007 in Bonn and Duisburg; together with the establishment of correspondent offices in Paderborn, the so-called regionalization is, according to the director of the WDR now complete.