Offer TV programs nationwide: Permission Unfortunately this specification of service has not yet been completely translated.

If you want to offer TV programs nationwide, you need a license.

If you want to offer TV programs nationwide, you need an approval from the competent authority of the country where you are based.

Authorisation for nationally distributed TV programmes may only be granted to a natural or legal person who:

  • is unrestrictedly capable of doing business,
  • has not lost the ability to hold public office by a judge's ruling,
  • has not forfeited the fundamental right to freedom of expression in accordance with Article 18 of the Basic Law,
  • as an association is not prohibited,
  • has its domicile or registered office in the Federal Republic of Germany, another Member State of the European Union or any other State Party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area and can be prosecuted;
  • guarantees that it will broadcast broadcasting in compliance with the legal provisions and the administrative acts adopted on that basis.

Admission may not be granted to legal persons governed by public law, with the exception of churches and universities, their legal representatives and senior staff, and political parties and constituency associations. The same applies to companies affiliated with the above-mentioned stock corporation law.

An application containing the type of broadcast and the category of programme, the duration of the programme, the transmission technology, the proposed distribution area and the form of financing, a programme scheme and a financing plan are required.

In addition, private individuals are required to have a police certificate of leadership. Companies must also submit police certificates for their statutory or legal representatives as well as a social contract.

  • Act on the State Treaty on Broadcasting (RStV) in united Germany and amending the Land Broadcasting Act,
  • Act on the Youth Media Protection State Treaty (JMSchStV) and amending the State Broadcasting Act.

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  • Rstv
  • JMSchStV

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