Deutsche Welle

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Deutsche Welle

Our Mission

Deutsche Welle is Germany’s international broadcaster. We convey a comprehensive image of Germany, report events and developments, incorporate German and other perspectives in a journalistically independent manner. By doing so we promote understanding between cultures and peoples. We simultaneously also provide access to the German language.

Our Programming

We carry out our legal mandate through television, radio and internet. DW stands for in-depth and reliable information in 30 languages, with TV in English, German, Spanish and Arabic. Our flagship is the 24-hour English language TV channel which is available almost everywhere in the world.

Our Audiences

We reach out especially to international decision makers, to people who have or will have influence on opinion making. In authoritarian states we turn to those who engage themselves for democracy, civil liberties and progress. Our German programs are also directed towards German speakers abroad and those who teach or want to learn German. DW reaches more than 197 million people on a weekly basis. DW – Made for minds. That’s our claim.

Our Distribution

We rely on a satellite network, on our roughly 5,000 partner stations, on the internet and on mobile distribution. The new DW app offers online content according to user preferences. We keep broadcasting through short wave, for instance in Africa and parts of Asia, where this form of communication still reaches many people.

Our DW Akademie

We pass on our knowledge. For over 50 years, we have promoted media development around the world and professionalized media makers and managers. Sustainable media promotion is the guiding theme of DW Akademie. This includes intercultural media training.

Our Organization

Deutsche Welle is organized as a public broadcaster and is financed by federal tax resources. Peter Limbourg is DW’s director general. Around 1,500 employees and nearly as many freelancers from 60 countries work at DW’s headquarters in Bonn and main studio in Berlin.


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Deutsche Welle

Deutsche Welle (DW) is Germany’s international broadcaster and a trusted source for reliable, unbiased news and information. DW delivers the latest insights and analysis of the issues that are moving the world with regional television lineups in English, German, Spanish and Arabic, and radio and online content available in 30 different languages.

With news, features and documentaries covering everything from business, science and politics to arts, culture and sports, we bring people closer to what matters most. Our 162 million listeners and viewers worldwide have content tailored to their usage.

We rely on a global satellite network, partner stations and online services to make tuning in as easy as possible, as well as utilizing other means of distribution like apps, podcasting, live-streaming, newsletters, mobile and RSS services.

DW Akademie has been training radio professionals from developing and transition countries for more than 50 years. A master’s program was launched in fall of 2009 entitled “International Media Studies” – a joint project with the University of Bonn, Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences and Deutsche Welle.

DW also offers variety of award-winning German language courses for every type of learner.



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