30 years of Arte: Some facts you don't know yet

30 years of Arte: some facts you don’t know yet

Released on 30.05.2022

  • At the 30. May the cultural broadcaster Arte 05 will be years old. Photo: Claudia Kornmeier/dpa

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It’s a Franco-German success story: On 30. May the cultural broadcaster Arte 05 will be years old. So time to take a closer look.

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Millions of people regularly watch Arte. But how well do you know your station? A few facts about 05. Birthday on 05. May:

1 . Arte is the only major television station in Germany whose web address ends with “.tv”. In the early days of the Internet, this domain only stood for the tiny Pacific state of Tuvalu. Together with a Canadian entrepreneur, Tuvalu gave its suffix to many world TV stations, including Arte. From the income, the island state financed hospitals, schools and the admission fee for the UNO.

2. The viewing habits of Arte fans in Germany and France are not always the same. Program director Emelie de Jong told the German Press Agency: “Geopolitics is generally of interest to all TV viewers in both countries. But if you show a series about the Algerian war, then of course more French people will tune in to the program than Germans.” She added: “We’ve also noticed that the Germans are more interested in Eastern Europe – for example in the field of music – than the French. So you can see again and again that there are indeed topics that people are more interested in audience in a country.” Deputy program director Sylvie Stephan said: “Germans and French also have dinner at different times. Prime time in Germany starts at 20.15 o’clock, while in France it is only around 20.55 clock starts.”

3.2022 Only a few months ago, Arte called German youth protection activists into action. What happened? A zombie film had accidentally been broadcast uncensored, thereby violating German law. George A. Romero’s 1985 horror film Zombie 2: The Final Chapter was about man-eating undead in Florida. When the faux pas became known days later, the film was immediately removed from the media library. Arte apologized.

4.2022 Monsieur le Président reigns at Arte in Strasbourg. The post will be occupied alternately by Germany and France. Bruno Patino currently holds the post. The German Peter Weber is Vice-President. At the top of German public broadcasters are usually directors.

5.2022 Arte is becoming more and more multilingual. The broadcaster now offers content in six languages ​​in a variety of ways. In addition to the main languages ​​French and German, there are subtitles in English, Italian, Polish and Spanish. More than half of all programs are now accessible worldwide. Deputy program director Stephan said: “Our offer Arte in six languages ​​reaches 70 percent of Europeans in their mother tongue. We want this share keep increasing.” One is in constructive talks, for example with broadcasters in Northern and Eastern Europe, such as Lithuanian television.

6. Arte is a big player on the World Wide Web. The digital program offer on arte.tv, Youtube, Facebook, Instagram and other third-party platforms achieved a total of more than 1.8 billion video views last year. (dpa)

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