With the move, DW wants to establish a German counterpart to international news channels from other countries like BBC World News from the UK or France 24 from France. The 24 hour service which is transmitted worldwide via satellite will report on global news from a German perspective.
“Deutsche Welle is highly appreciated around the world as a reliable source for independent, serious journalism. We provide German and European views on global politics,” DW general director Peter Limbourg said in Bonn. “The German perspective is becoming increasingly important. Through this and with content covering German culture, economy and science, we differentiate ourselves from other international TV channels.”
The new service which complements the DW channels in German, Spanish and Arabic language can be received in Europe unencrypted on the satellite systems Astra (19.2° East) and Hot Bird (13° East).