A look into NDR

NDR is the most successful of Germany's numerous regional channels. Realscreen contacted Patricia Schlesinger, head of the culture and documentary department, to give us a glimpse inside the public broadcaster and producer to see how they tick.
November 13, 2008

NDR is part of the ARD network in Germany; a collection of eleven regional centers that provide programs nation wide and each broadcast their own channel. Schlesinger compares ARD to BBC One.

NDR provides a regional channel called NDR Fernsehen (NDR television) for the four northern federal states of Germany, Schleswig-Holstein, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Lower Saxony and Hamburg, and is also available via cable and satellite across Germany and in many other parts of Europe and is the most successful of the country’s regional channels.

NDR contributes approximately 17% of ARD’s program volume. Specializing in current affairs, natural history docs, science, history and art, the station frequently coproduces programs with international broadcasters such as BBC, Granada, NHNZ, TV2 Denmark and ARTE.

Schlesinger’s department is responsible for 430 docs and special reports per year. Her most recent projects include a three part docudrama called Murderous Women and a 90 minute doc on climate change called How We Survive. The channel is mostly interested in programs that fall under the categories current affairs, history, wildlife, nature, travel and science.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.