Beside the Commercial Broadcasting Regulation – Innovations in the German Broadcasting System Shown on Examples


Howard S. H. Shyr


As response to the boom of commercial broadcasting the german decision makers seek to compete with other countries in providing an “attractive” enviroment for the private investment. Yet they also try to fulfill their constitutional obligations to secure the pluralism in the broadcasting – in the very understanding of the Federal Constitution Court of Germany. Thus, different models or concepts have been developed in order to create a more promising legal infrastructure in respect of the communicatory and social functions of the broadcasting. The german-franch “culture channel” ARTE and the regulatory mechanism for the lokal broadcasting in some german “Laender” are just examples for such efforts. In this aspect the government/market dilemma seems not so absolutly non-resolvable, as it was thought to be.