WDR Fernsehen

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WDR Fernsehen
Wdr fernsehen logo 2016.svg
Country Germany
Broadcast area North Rhine-Westphalia, also distributed nationally
Headquarters Cologne, Germany
Picture format 1080p HDTV
(downscaled to 720p HDTV and 16:9 576i for the DTT and SDTV feeds, respectively)
Owner Westdeutscher Rundfunk
Launched17 December 1965;56 years ago (1965-12-17)
Former namesWestdeutsches Fernsehen (1965–1988)
West 3 (1988–1994)
Website http://www.wdr.de/tv/
Digital terrestrial television North Rhine-Westphalia:
Channel 3
Streaming media
WDR.de Watch live
Ziggo GO (Netherlands) ZiggoGO.tv (Europe only)
Horizon Horizon.tv (Switzerland only)

WDR Fernsehen is a German free-to-air television network owned and operated by Westdeutscher Rundfunk and serving North Rhine-Westphalia. It is one of the seven regional "third programmes" television stations that are offered within the federal ARD network.



The station began broadcasting on 17 December 1965, as Westdeutsches Fernsehen (WDF), changing its name to West 3 in 1988, before settling for WDR Fernsehen in 1994.

Originally airing only in North Rhine-Westphalia, the channel has become available across Germany with the advent of Cable TV and satellite television. The station is also available free-to-air across Europe via Astra 19.2°E.

In November 2013, the channel faced a graphical rebrand.

News sub-regions

WDR Fernsehen operates eleven sub-regional opt-out services, each broadcasting a 30-minute local news programme entitled Lokalzeit at 19.30 each Monday to Saturday evening together with a shorter, 5-minute bulletin at 18.00 on Mondays to Fridays:

Programmes [1]



  • Die Wiwaldi-Show (2012–2016)
  • Zimmer frei (1996–2016)


  • Aktuelle Stunde (1983–present)
  • Frau tv  [ de ] (1997–present)
  • Lokalzeit (1996–present)
  • Westpol (1992–present)



  • Sport Inside (2007–present)
  • Zeiglers wunderbare Welt des Fußballs, hosted by Arnd Zeigler (2007–present)


  • B. trifft..., hosted by Bettina Böttinger (1993–2004)
  • Domian, hosted by Jürgen Domian (1995–2016)
  • Domian live, hosted by Jürgen Domian (2019–present)
  • Kölner Treff, hosted by Bettina Böttinger (2006–present)


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