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The German Media Network explained and more…

Since it is from country to country and continent to continent extremely different how we obtain our information and entertainment, I have decided to make a short post about the German Media Network and more…

Source: Google Search Images ARD

Source: ARD Google Search Images

ARD full name: Arbeitsgemeinschaft der öffentlich-rechtlichen Rundfunkanstalten der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, (– Working group of public broadcasters of the Federal Republic of Germany) is a joint organisation of Germany’s regional public-service broadcasters. It was founded in 1950 in West Germany to represent the common interests of the new, decentralised, post-war broadcasting services – in particular the introduction of a joint television network.

The ARD has a budget of €6.9 billion[1] and 22,612 employees. The budget comes primarily from a licence fee which every household, company and public institution are required by law to pay. For an ordinary household the fee is currently €17.50 per month. Households living on welfare are exempt from the fee. The fees are not collected directly by the ARD, but by the Beitragsservice (formerly known as Gebühreneinzugszentrale GEZ), a common organisation of the ARD member broadcasters, the second public TV broadcaster ZDF, and Deutschlandradio.

ARD’s programming is produced by its regional members (see also Institutions and member organizations) (Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR), Hessischer Rundfunk (HR), Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk (MDR), Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR), Radio BremenRundfunk Berlin–Brandenburg (RBB), Saarländischer Rundfunk (SR), Südwestrundfunk (SWR) and Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR)), which operate 54 regional and local radio stations and seven regional TV networks, some of which have opt outs at during the day. Deutsche Welle, Germany’s international broadcaster, is also a member of ARD.

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So in short, we are basically controlled by one umbrella network that oversees everything in Germany and by living here are obliged to pay for the service. Most Germans, from my experience, find this to be a good thing. I find this questionable. Germany, as some know, is not the only country with gradually more controlled media. This is among the highest ranked global problems! My recommendation is; don’t believe everything you see or hear and do not rely on anyone about getting knowledgeable information. But do your own intensive research as much as possible!

In case you are interested in a still independent news channel, check out

Democracy Now! is an hour-long American TV, radio and internet news program hosted by journalists Amy Goodman, who also acts as the show’s executive producer, and Juan González. The show, which airs live each weekday at 8 a.m. Eastern Time, is broadcast on the internet and by over 1,400 radio and television stations worldwide.

The program combines news reporting, interviews, investigative journalism and political commentary, with a focus on peace activism linked to environmental justice and social justice, guided by the ethics of ecofeminism as a philosophy. It documents social movements, struggles for justice, activism challenging corporate power and operates as a watchdog outfit regarding the effects of American foreign policy. Democracy Now! views as its aim to give activists and the citizenry a platform to debate people from “The Establishment.” The show is described as progressive by fans as well as critics, but Goodman rejects that label, calling the program a global newscast that has “people speaking for themselves.” Democracy Now! describes its staff as “includ[ing] some of this country’s leading progressive journalists.”

Democracy Now Productions, the independent media nonprofit organization which produces Democracy Now!, is funded entirely through contributions from listeners, viewers, and foundations such as the Park Foundation, Ford Foundation, Lannan Foundation, and the J.M. Kaplan Fund. Democracy Now! does not accept advertisers, corporate underwriting or government funding. The show has become popular on the internet, and from the late 2010s onward, has been involved in pioneering extensive media cooperation in the public sphere across the US.

Source: Wikipedia

Other than that I can recommend (not independent!);

Russia Today (RT)

RT (formerly Russia Today) is a state-controlledinternational television network funded by the federal tax budget of the Russian government. It operates pay televisionchannels directed to audiences outside of Russia, as well as providing Internet content in English, Spanish, French, German, Arabic, and Russian.

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And always an interesting read is Hindustan Times (HT)

Hindustan Times is an Indian English-language daily newspaper introduced by Mahatma Gandhi in 1924. It played integral roles in the Indian independence movement as a nationalist and was then, a pro-Congress daily. The newspaper is owned by Shobhana Bhartia. It is the flagship publication of HT Media, an entity controlled by the KK Birla family.

Source: Wikipedia

For more information follow the links inserted.

Thank you for reading.

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