Introduction

Raising public awareness of the historical and cultural value of our audio-visual heritage is one of the missions of the newly created Television Museum which has celebrated its opening on May 31, 2006. The Television Museum completes the profile of the Filmhaus at Potsdamer Platz, making it a “house of moving images” unlike any other in Europe.

The idea of the Museum is to establish a living forum for the past and present of German television at the heart of Berlin. Here the public is able to rediscover great moments of broadcasting history and to trace the divergent developments of the medium in East and West Germany. Topical debates on media policies are also conducted against the backdrop of broadcasting history.

Previous Special Exhibitions – “Fernsehen macht glücklich” (2002/2003), which explored whether television makes people happy; “Wo Karrieren beginnen” (2003), which focused on “Das Kleine Fernsehspiel”, a ZDF program that has helped launch the careers of new directors throughout the world over the past forty years; and “Die Kommissarinnen” (2004/2005), which presented female police inspectors from German television series – have strongly confirmed the public’s great interest in topics related to broadcasting history: television now belongs in the museum.

The Television Museum is part of the Deutsche Kinemathek and is funded by Germany’s Federal Commissioner for Culture and Media. Its construction is being financed by the German Lottery Foundation Berlin and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The Television Museum’s development has also been backed by the Berlin Senate Department of Science, Research and Culture; and its construction, by the Berlin Senate Department of Urban Development. Veolia Water has committed itself to sponsoring the Museum’s program until 2012. Other partners include: the public television networks ARD and ZDF, the Media Institution Berlin-Brandenburg (mabb) and the Directors’ Conference of the German State Regulatory Authorities for Broadcasting (DLM).

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