Das Erste ("The First") is the principal publicly owned television channel in Germany. It is a joint production of Germany's regional public broadcasters acting through, and coordinated by the ARD consortium.
The channel's original name of Deutsches Fernsehen was changed to ARD Deutsches Fernsehen in 1964, and to Erstes Deutsches Fernsehen ("First German Television") on 30 September 1984, before becoming simply Das Erste in 1996. Also around 1984, a new corporate design was introduced. The previous logo, a stylized eye, was replaced by a new logo showing a stylized number "1" which is still in use today. Since 1996 the channel is usually marketed as Das Erste, but the long version Erstes Deutsches Fernsehen is still used for rather official purposes like the introduction of the main editions of its news programme Tagesschau that has been on air since 26 December 1952). Informally, it is still also known as ARD among viewers beside its official name of Das Erste.
|Broadcasting Organisation||% of total|
|Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR)||15.25|
|Hessischer Rundfunk (HR)||7.35|
|Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk (MDR)||11.45|
|Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR)||17.45|
|Radio Bremen (RB)||1|
|Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (RBB)||7|
|Saarländischer Rundfunk (SR)||1.3|
|Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR)||21.25|