German private broadcaster Spiegel TV has applied for a license to begin broadcasting a new Berlin-based documentary channel. If approved, the channel could launch as early as April 1, 2001. German distributor Kinowelt and DCTP (Development Company for Television Program) – an independent television company in Germany with licensed program slots on channels RTL, SAT.1 and VOX – are partners in the venture. Spiegel editor-in-chief Cassian von Salomon says a ruling from the media office for Berlin and Brandenburg should be handed down by January 15, 2001.
The proposed channel’s programming content will be derived from Spiegel TV’s library. Explains Salomon, ‘We have the rights to all of our documentaries from the last 12 years, so most of [the programs] will be Spiegel programs that have already been produced. But, we are open to other shareholders.’
Salomon says Spiegel TV is currently commissioning and acquiring historical, scientific and current affairs documentaries, and that new programs will be eligible for broadcast on the proposed channel. Spiegel also recently began participating in coproductions and plans to do more.