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RTL II is a German free-to-air television channel owned by RTL.[2]

RTL II
RTL-II-Logo ab Sommer 2009.svg
Launched6 March 1993; 25 years ago (1993-03-06)
NetworkMediengruppe RTL Deutschland
Owned byRTL Group S.A.
Heinrich Bauer Verlag KG
Tele München Fernseh GmbH & Co. Medienbeteiligung KG
Burda GmbH
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to 16:9 576i for the SDTV feed)
Audience share3.0% (April 2018 (2018-04), KEK)
SloganZeig mig mehr
CountryGermany
LanguageGerman
Broadcast areaGermany
Austria
Switzerland
Italy (South Tyrol)
Belgium
Luxembourg
Liechtenstein
Netherlands
Turkey
Kosovo
Eastern Europe
AffiliatesRTL II You
HeadquartersGrünwald, Germany
Formerly calledRTL 2 (1993-1999)
Sister channel(s)RTL
RTL Crime
RTL Living
RTL Nitro
RTL Passion
RTLplus
Super RTL
VOX
Websitewww.rtl2.de
Availability
Terrestrial
Digital terrestrial televisionChannel numbers vary on each region
Satellite
Astra 1L (19.2°E)12188 H / 27500 / 3/4 (DVB-S)
12226 H / 27500 / 3/4 (RTL II Austria; DVB-S)
11391 H / 22000 / 5/6 (RTL II Switzerland; DVB-S)
Astra 1M (19.2°E)10832.25 Horizontal 57 (RTL II HD; encrypted DVB-S2)
Cable
Kabel DeutschlandChannel 107 (SD) / Channel 118 (HD)
A1 TV
(Austria)
Channel 12 (all packages)[1]
Naxoo
(Switzerland)
Channel 168
UPC Switzerland (Switzerland)Channel 17 (HD)
IPTV
Telekom EntertainChannel 8 (SD/HD)

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HistoryEdit

 
Logo of RTL II from 6 March 1993 to 6 April 1996; similar to the logo used by KGAN/Cedar Rapids from 1993-2004.
 
Logo of RTL II from 6 April 1996 to 1999; last logo to include the Arabic numeral.
 
The first version of the channel's circular "II" logo was used from 1999 to 2002.
 
Updated version of 1999 logo; used from 2002 to 2009.

On 26 September 1992, RTL II was scheduled to begin broadcasting; select programming guides were anticipating the channel's launch during that time. However, the channel's launch was delayed until 1993 because LPR Hessen (known as the Hessische Landesanstalt für privaten Rundfunk) repeatedly raised concerns about the channel's shareholder structure to the German media authorities. The shares of the channel's initial owners (RTL Television, CLT, Bertelsmann, Burda and FAZ) had to be reduced to below 25% before the licence for the channel could be awarded to RTL.[3] The channel eventually started broadcasting on 6 March 1993 at 6:09 a.m., replacing Screensport (which ceased operations five days earlier due to its merger with Eurosport) on the Astra satellite service. The first programme on the channel was the movie Ein reizender Fratz.

In 2000, RTL II began broadcasting the shows Popstars and Big Brother; Popstars ran on the channel for two seasons before it moved to ProSieben, while Big Brother would continue to air until 2011.

The network began offering a video on demand service in February 2012.[4]

OwnershipEdit

The channel is operated by RTL2 Fernsehen GmbH & Co. KG., which was founded in 1992 and employs approximately 210 people. Since June 2014 its Managing Director has been Andreas Bartl.[5] The company was originally headquartered in Cologne, but is now run in the municipality of Grünwald, to the south of Munich; only its news department is still based in Cologne, in order to share the production facilities of RTL news. The company is jointly owned by: RTL Group S.A. (35.9%),[6] Heinrich Bauer Verlag KG (31.5%),[7] Tele München Fernseh GmbH & Co. Medienbeteiligung KG (31.5%, of which the Tele München Gruppe and The Walt Disney Company hold 50% each).[6] and Burda GmbH (1.1%)[6]

ProgrammingEdit

Programming pillars are daily episodes of the local Big Brother in access prime-time, and a prime-time lineup consisting mostly of "docu-soaps", movies and licensed series such as 24 and Stargate SG-1. Recent efforts to move further towards quality programming with science magazines and documentaries have met with an indifferent audience response.[citation needed]

The channel's prime-time newscast RTL II News is frequently criticized[citation needed] for its selection of news stories, which are seen to cater to a young audience; for example, it has been known to put a CD release or the launch of a new gaming console in the second headline slot directly after the day's top event.[original research?] This unconventional approach has brought RTL II's broadcasting licence into jeopardy at least once, as a German commercial broadcaster has to feature minimum amounts of serious informational and cultural programming to be allowed a full channel licence.[citation needed] In addition to its own newscast formats (RTL II News, RTL II Spezial. Das Magazin and Das Nachrichtenjournal), the channel commissions independent producers to create its own productions, which it airs in the afternoons.

Afternoon programmingEdit

In the afternoon, the channel now primarily features its own docu soap and reality show productions.[8]

Access prime-timeEdit

During access prime-time RTL II airs the soaps Köln 50667 and Berlin – Tag & Nacht on weekdays, movies on Saturdays, and science magazines Welt der Wunder and Schau dich schlau! on Sundays.

Prime-timeEdit

Among its prime-time line-up the channel's own docu soap productions such as Die Geissens – Eine schrecklich glamouröse Familie and Frauentausch are particularly successful. Various US shows such as Game of Thrones[9] and The Walking Dead[10] have been, and continue to be, the most successful series of RTL II's prime-time slot. Its late-night line-up also features US series such as Autopsy – Mysteriöse Todesfälle and Flashpoint.

Movies also account for a major share of the channel's prime-time and late night content. In addition to the large number of Hollywood movies, RTL II also broadcasts Indian Bollywood movies in this slot since 2004.

Anime and children's programmingEdit

RTL II has offered the largest anime content of all free-to-air German-language TV channels.[citation needed] It aired about over 80 Anime series since the channel and also broadcast cartoons. On weekdays, RTL II also airs an anime afternoon under their children/youth banner "Pokito". Following tensions with media authorities, RTL II's standards and practices department is believed[by whom?] to be especially sensitive about children's programming. As a consequence, the channel has cut scenes in anime series like Detective Conan,[11] InuYasha,[12] One Piece[13] and Naruto,[14][15] for which it has received criticism from anime fans. Even some episodes where the original version had previously been given a FSK 6 rating, meaning that it is suitable for children ages 6 up and may legally be aired at all hours of the day, have been edited down.[citation needed] In February 2013, RTL II announced that its Sunday morning children's programme would be discontinued as of 21st April, 2013. A separate and short-lived online channel for anime was launched in April.[16]

German premieresEdit

RTL II was the first channel to introduce various foreign TV formats on German television such as:

  • The Final Countdown: a show aired at the start of the new millennium lasting 24 hours and showing celebrations in various locations all over the world.
  • Popstars in 2000 was the first casting show aired on German television.
  • Jack Point Jack in 2003 was the first interactive movie on German television.
  • Bollywood movies: On 19 November 2004 RTL II aired Sometimes happiness, sometimes sadness (German: In guten wie in schweren Tagen - original title: Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham), the first dubbed Bollywood movie on German television, and achieved an audience share of over 12.3% among the target group of 14- to 49-year-olds.[17] Due to its great success Indian movies have been regularly aired on the channel ever since. Previously, Bollywood movies had been broadcast in Hindi with German subtitles on ARTE and VOX.

Audience shareEdit

GermanyEdit

January February March April May June July August September October November December Annual average
1993[18] - - - - - - - - - - - - 2.6%
1994[19] - - - - - - - - - - - -   3.8%
1995[20] - - - - - - - - - - - -   4.6%
1996[21] 4.6% 4.1% 4.4% 4.8% 4.5% 4.3% 4.6% 4.5% 4.6% 4.6% 4.5% 4.1%   4.5%
1997[22] 4.1% 4.4% 4.3% 4.1% 4.2% 4.0% 3.8% 3.6% 3.6% 4.2% 3.8% 3.9%   4.0%
1998[23] 3.7% 3.9% 3.9% 4.1% 3.8% 3.4% 3.6% 3.9% 3.8% 3.8% 3.7% 3.6%   3.8%
1999[24] 3.6% 3.4% 3.4% 3.7% 4.0% 3.9% 4.4% 4.5% 4.6% 4.3% 4.2% 4.2%   4.0%
2000[25] 4.3% 4.1% 4.6% 5.5% 5.7% 5.0% 4.5% 4.8% 4.8% 5.6% 4.9% 4.5%   4.8%
2001[26] 4.4% 3.9% 3.9% 4.0% 4.0% 4.0% 3.7% 4.0% 4.0% 4.3% 4.2% 3.8%   4.0%
2002[27] 4.1% 3.7% 4.1% 4.0% 4.5% 4.1% 4.3% 4.1% 4.2% 3.4% 3.2% 3.2%   3.9%
2003[28] 4.1% 4.2% 4.0% 4.8% 5.1% 5.6% 5.1% 4.9% 4.7% 4.8% 4.6% 4.6%   4.7%
2004[29] 4.5% 4.5% 5.3% 5.1% 5.1% 4.8% 5.2% 4.9% 5.4% 4.9% 4.7% 4.5%   4.9%
2005[30] 4.4% 4.7% 4.4% 4.0% 4.4% 4.3% 4.2% 4.0% 4.0% 4.3% 3.9% 3.7%   4.2%
2006[31] 3.8% 3.6% 3.7% 3.9% 3.8% 3.4% 3.9% 4.0% 3.8% 3.9% 3.9% 3.8%   3.8%
2007[32] 3.4% 3.7% 3.7% 4.1% 4.0% 4.1% 4.2% 4.1% 3.7% 3.8% 3.8% 3.9%   3.9%
2008[33] 3.6% 3.9% 4.0% 4.1% 4.3% 3.5% 4.1% 3.8% 3.8% 3.7% 3.6% 3.6%   3.8%
2009[34] 3.7% 3.7% 3.9% 4.2% 4.1% 4.3% 4.1% 4.0% 3.7% 4.0% 3.9% 4.0%   3.9%
2010[35] 3.8% 3.8% 4.0% 4.0% 4.0% 3.5% 3.9% 3.9% 3.7% 3.7% 3.7% 3.6%   3.8%
2011[36] 3.4% 3.5% 3.4% 3.5% 3.6% 3.7% 3.7% 3.7% 3.6% 3.7% 3.7% 3.8%   3.6%
2012[37] 3.6% 3.7% 3.9% 3.8% 4.0% 3.7% 4.3% 4.1% 4.1% 4.2% 4.5% 4.3%   4.0%
2013[38] 3.9% 4.1% 4.1% 4.1% 4.3% 4.1% 4.3% 4.4% 4.0% 4.2% 4.4% 4.3%   4.2%
2014[39] 3.9% 3.8% 3.8% 4.1% 4.0% 3.4% 3.6% 3.9% 3.9% 3.9% 4.0% 3.9%   3.9%
2015[40] 3.6% 3.7% 4.0% 3.9% 3.8% 3.7% 3.8% 3.5% 3.6% 3.5% 3.2% 3.3%   3.7%
2016[41] 3.3% 3.6% 3.5% 3.7% 3.8% 3.2% 3.4% 3.3% 3.5% 3.5% 3.5% 3.2%   3.5%
2017[42] 3.1% 3.1% 3.2% 3.2% 3.2% 3.2% 3.4% 3.1% 2.9% 3.1% 3.1% 3.2%   3.2%
2018[43] 2.9% 3.1% 3.0% 3.0%

The average age of the viewers is 43.5 years (as of 2016).[44]

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