Germany will see the launch of its first ever TV channel aimed at gay people. Owned by Deutsche Fernsehwerke GmbH (DFW), a company headed by Frank Lukas, Timm will be a free-to-air cable and satellite service, also delivered over the Internet.
It will be funded entirely by adverting and is expected to launch in Germany this autumn, with further expansion planned for Austria and Switzerland by mid-2008.
The channel will target the German speaking male gay community, believed to be four million people, with a mix of national and international programming including movies, series, sitcoms, documentaries, magazine programmes, talkshows, news and “service formats”. According to Lukas there will be “no place for stereotypes. Timm will stand for the plurality of lifestyles.”