Westdeutscher Rundfunk

at Appellhofplatz 1, Cologne, 50667 Germany

Westdeutscher Rundfunk
Appellhofplatz 1
Cologne 50667
Contact Phone
P: +49 221 220 0


Westdeutscher Rundfunk Köln is a German public-broadcasting institution based in the Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia with its main office in Cologne. WDR is a constituent member of the consortium of German public-broadcasting institutions, ARD. As well as contributing to the output of the national television channel Das Erste, WDR produces the regional television service WDR Fernsehen and six regional radio networks.HistoryOriginsThe Westdeutsche Funkstunde AG was established in 15. September 1924.WDR was created in 1955, when Nordwestdeutscher Rundfunk was split into Norddeutscher Rundfunk – covering Lower Saxony, Schleswig-Holstein, and Hamburg – and Westdeutscher Rundfunk, responsible for North Rhine-Westphalia. WDR began broadcasting on two radio networks on 1 January 1956. WDR constitutes the most prominent example of regional broadcasting in Germany.Directors 1926–1933: Ernst Hardt, Intendant WERAG 1933–1937: Heinrich Glasmeier, Intendant of „Reichssenders Köln“ 1937–1941: Anton Winkelnkemper, Intendant of „Reichssenders Köln“ 1942–1945: closed 1945–1947: Max Burghardt, Intendant of NWDR 1947–1961: Hanns Hartmann, Intendant of NWDR and since 1956 of WDR 1961–1976: Klaus von Bismarck 1976–1985: Friedrich-Wilhelm von Sell 1985–1995: Friedrich Nowottny 1995–2007: Fritz Pleitgen 2007–2013: Monika Piel since 1 July 2013 : Tom Buhrow

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