A giant radio device is behind the ARD. For this, German associates pay 12.31 euros a month and yet no one knows exactly where the money goes. Analysis.
The first provides the highest quality and most reliable program on German television – this is the conclusion of a representative study of TNS Infratest in 2017. Over the past two years, nothing has changed dramatically with about 48 million viewers per week.
Of the total monthly broadcasting contribution of 17.50 euros, a flow of 12.31 euros in ARD. Of this, 3.92 euros go to the ARD broadcaster and the first is 2.73 euros, as the broadcaster reveals in its transparency portal. Regional stations charge 8.39 euros. third parties.
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Landesrundfunkanstalten are RBB, WDR, BR, NDR and Co – they get the most money, financing their own regional "crime scenes" (Source: Grafik von t-online.de)
With this information, the transmitter shows transparency, but at the same time hides behind hard-to-see network numbers. If a normal mortal wants to know, for example, how much the "crime scene" costs on Sunday, he comes across an absurdly abstract figure: "The average cost per minute" is 18,500 euros, according to the ARD website. With the calculator and the 90-minute unit as a multiplier, you end up with about 1.6 million euros, the first being spent on his popular weekly thriller.
Price of movies in the first: over 300 million
Is that a lot? Is it a little? This is completely in the eye of the beholder. Low-budget productions manage much less, so cult director Robert Rodriguez once elicited a sensation with El Maraci's action bar, he won the Sundance Film Festival – he made the whole for the equivalent of 6,300 euros. In contrast, blockbusters swallow many times, "James Bond 007 – Quantum of Consolation" was shot in 2008 for just under 200 million euros, just to name one example among many.
Crime Scene: The thriller cost is divided into over ten areas
A total of 302m euros have been invested in the production of TV films and other feature films in the first year. They include FilmWednesday with up to 40 broadcasts a year, 24 trillions a year or Heimatschmonzetten as "The Eifelpraxis", the first to be estimated at a budget of around 1.7 million euros and 38 times a year on screen hunting. . Films from fairy tales cost the broadcaster about 1.8m euros, they are traditionally aired at Christmas time and event production such as The Dasslers, the station estimates at 90 minutes for 213,000 euros. All in all, the films on First German Television are by far the biggest expenditure column in the program building.
This does not include: ARD TV series. With a total price of 127.4m euros, they are the second largest factor. Who would have thought that early episodes like "Groashtadrevier", "Morden and Norden" or "Frendlich" and "Dr. Clist's Family" spend around € 467,500 per episode? With the first 130 broadcasts annually it boasts a proud amount of € 60.7 million. There are also real series like Die Pfefferkörner: The first shows 130 times a year and should raise a total of 42.6 million euros. Prestigious productions like "Babylon Berlin" are not included. For co-production with pay TV broadcaster Sky, ARD has gone deep into its pocket and paid 2.5m euros per episode – the first two seasons come in 16 episodes, in January for one year exclusively for Sky to see third season Twelve . It earns a total of 70m euros, on which ARD and Sky share costs, however, are not transparent.
Not less present in the TV program than the first, but far more expensive are quiz shows like "Ask – Hunting XXL" or "People's Quiz" by Hirschausen. They were produced for about 1.2 million euros per episode, with normal quiz shows at 6pm still cheaper by 107,000 euros. In addition, the former makes meager what his entertainment program. No information on how much Satiresendungen costs like "Extra 3" or comedy formats "La Nuhr in first" and "PussyTerror TV", even Saturday night shows that ARD is not enough. Are "Small vs. Big – An Incredible Duel" or "Do You Understand Fun?" Are they as expensive as the ZDF "Welcome to the Carmen Fog"? 1.4m euros are being pumped into the program.
Also in sports, the station is covered and speaks only of the fact that between 2017 and 2020 it has a total budget for sports rights of around 256m euros. Their 19 sports moderators received a total of 2.33m euros. This corresponds to an annual salary of 122,631 euros per capita. By comparison: WDR director Tom Burrow comes up with an annual base income of 391,000 euros – a conventional editor can earn monthly with a collective contract of up to 10,405 euros.
A 40 percent information index costs a lot at first
Given the "best and most reliable program on German television" above, these aspects are likely to contribute only marginally. Magazines and reportage formats, which spend about 4.6m euros annually, are probably counting on earlier. According to broadcaster Das Erste, it has a 40% share of the program and still costs significantly less in fiction and entertainment overall. For example, the Tegeshau issue will be broadcast for 27,300 euros and the business magazine Plusinmus for 57,600 euros.
The daily Taggesau at 3 pm, 365 days a year, would spend 9.9m euros just a fraction of the nearly 80m euros, "crime scene" and "police call 110" a year to swallow costs. Which of these areas was surveyed in the survey as "the most important, least spend TV program", the ARD did not write in its transparency report.