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Deutschlandradio is a national German public broadcasting
Public broadcasting
Public broadcasting includes radio, television and other electronic media outlets whose primary mission is public service. Public broadcasters receive funding from diverse sources including license fees, individual contributions, public financing and commercial financing.Public broadcasting may be...

 radio broadcaster. It operates four national networks, Deutschlandfunk
Deutschlandfunk is a German public broadcasting radio station, broadcasting national news and current affairs.-History:Broadcasting in the Federal Republic of Germany is reserved under the Basic Law to the states. This means that all public broadcasting is regionalised...

, Deutschlandradio Kultur
Deutschlandradio Kultur
Deutschlandradio Kultur is the culture-oriented radio station of the German national Deutschlandradio service...

, Dokumente und Debatten and DRadio Wissen.

Deutschlandfunk was originally a West German station targeting listeners in East Germany and the rest of the communist block, whereas Deutschlandradio Kultur is the result of a merger of West Berlin
West Berlin
West Berlin was a political exclave that existed between 1949 and 1990. It comprised the western regions of Berlin, which were bordered by East Berlin and parts of East Germany. West Berlin consisted of the American, British, and French occupation sectors, which had been established in 1945...

Rundfunk im amerikanischen Sektor
RIAS was a radio and television station in the American Sector of Berlin during the Cold War. It was founded by the US occupational authorities after World War II in 1946 to provide the German population in and around Berlin with news and political reporting and was initially only broadcast on...

 station and East Berlin
East Berlin
East Berlin was the name given to the eastern part of Berlin between 1949 and 1990. It consisted of the Soviet sector of Berlin that was established in 1945. The American, British and French sectors became West Berlin, a part strongly associated with West Germany but a free city...

's DS Kultur after German reunification
German reunification
German reunification was the process in 1990 in which the German Democratic Republic joined the Federal Republic of Germany , and when Berlin reunited into a single city, as provided by its then Grundgesetz constitution Article 23. The start of this process is commonly referred by Germans as die...

. Both networks have since spread throughout Germany, having been allocated many additional FM
FM broadcasting
FM broadcasting is a broadcasting technology pioneered by Edwin Howard Armstrong which uses frequency modulation to provide high-fidelity sound over broadcast radio. The term "FM band" describes the "frequency band in which FM is used for broadcasting"...

 transmitters. Dokumente und Debatten is an opt-out for the AM stations of both Deutschlandfunk and Deutschlandradio Kultur, which broadcasts coverage of the federal parliament
The Bundestag is a federal legislative body in Germany. In practice Germany is governed by a bicameral legislature, of which the Bundestag serves as the lower house and the Bundesrat the upper house. The Bundestag is established by the German Basic Law of 1949, as the successor to the earlier...

, talk shows, and marine forecasts and navigational warnings for sailors. DRadio Wissen is a science and knowledge station, started in 2010, targeting a younger audience interested in higher education, and broadcast only digital through satellite radio, digital cable networks, DAB
Digital audio broadcasting
Digital Audio Broadcasting is a digital radio technology for broadcasting radio stations, used in several countries, particularly in Europe. As of 2006, approximately 1,000 stations worldwide broadcast in the DAB format....

Digital Radio Mondiale
Digital Radio Mondiale is a set of digital audio broadcasting technologies designed to work over the bands currently used for AM broadcasting, particularly shortwave...

 and online.

Deutschlandradio is based in Cologne
Cologne is Germany's fourth-largest city , and is the largest city both in the Germany Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia and within the Rhine-Ruhr Metropolitan Area, one of the major European metropolitan areas with more than ten million inhabitants.Cologne is located on both sides of the...

, with some departments - including Deutschlandradio Kultur working out of Berlin.

See also

LW transmitter sites of Deutschlandradio:
  • Aholming transmitter
    Aholming transmitter
    Aholming transmitter is a facility for broadcasting the program of Deutschlandfunk on 207 kHz with a power of 500 kW at day and 250 kW at night between Aholming and Ottmaring in Bavaria....

  • Donebach
    Donebach is a neighborhood of the village of Mudau, Odenwald, Germany and has 369 inhabitants. At Donebach, there is the longwave transmitter of Deutschlandfunk for broadcasting on 153 kHz, whose antenna masts are with a height of 363 metres the second tallest structure of Germany....

MW transmitter sites of Deutschlandradio:
  • Heusweiler radio transmitter
  • Nordkirchen transmitter
    Nordkirchen transmitter
    The Nordkirchen transmitter is a medium-wave broadcasting facility of Deutsche Telekom near Nordkirchen in Northrhine-Westphalia. It was built in 1979 and 1980 after the 549 kHz frequency was again made available in that location....

  • Ehndorf transmitter
    Ehndorf transmitter
    Ehndorf transmitter is a mediumwave radio transmission mast located at Ehndorf, a village west of Neumünster in Schleswig-Holstein, Federal Republic of Germany. Owned by Deutsche Telekom, the facility broadcasts Deutschlandfunk on 1269 kHz...

     (also called Neumünster)
  • Ravensburg-Horgenzell transmitter
    Ravensburg-Horgenzell transmitter
    Ravensburg-Horgenzell transmitter is a mediumwave broadcasting facility of Deutsche Telekom used for transmitting the program of Deutschlandfunk on the area of community Horgenzell northwest of Ravensburg in Baden-Württemberg. It was inaugurated on August 23, 1951 and used until 1959 for...

  • Thurnau
    Thurnau is a municipality in the district Kulmbach, Germany.It is known for golfing as well as its potteries.Thurnau is known for transmitter Thurnau, the medium wave transmission site for Deutschlandfunk, a German national information radio station....

SW transmitter site of Deutschlandradio:
  • Berlin-Britz transmitter