The CIVIS Media Prize is organised annually by the Association of the Public Broadcasting Corporations in the Federal Republic of Germany (ARD), represented by Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR), together with the Freudenberg Foundation.
The Austrian Broadcasting Corporation, SRG SSR, Deutsche Welle, RTV Slovenia, ZDF, Deutschlandradio, the Franco-German culture channel ARTE, 3sat, PHOENIX and the European Broadcasting Union are media partners.
The German Savings Banks Association, the German Federal Government Commissioner for Migration, Refugees and Integration, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, WDR mediagroup, Bavaria Film, Verwertungsgesellschaft der Film- und Fernsehproduzenten, the German Producers Alliance – Film & Television are co-operation partners.
Under the patronage of the European Parliament.
The CIVIS Media Foundation conceives itself as an international media network and monitoring centre for migration, integration and cultural diversity in Europe. The CIVIS Media Prize annually recognizes European programme contributions on radio, film, television and the Internet. As an independent, non-partisan and non-profit organization, CIVIS actively accompanies the formation of medial opinion on all relevant socio-political issues in the European immigration society. With international programme conferences and lectures, CIVIS provides an important European forum for debate. The charitable foundation is active nationally and internationally from its base in Cologne.
The ARD, founded in 1950, is an alliance consisting, in the meantime, of nine independent, regional broadcasting corporations (on 1st May 2003, SFB and ORF merged to form RBB). Their joint task is the production and transmission of radio and television programmes for the general public. According to their official mandate, with their programmes they should serve to information, education and entertainment for all citizens. The tenth member of the ARD is the international broadcasting corporation Deutsche Welle (DW). In accordance with their mandate, the members of the ARD provide the whole of Germany with radio and television programmes - on a regional, state and national level. Mainly programme-related Internet portals and own videotext services supplement the range. The ARD transmits over 1,500 hours of radio and around 260 hours of TV programmes daily. As a result, it registers an average market share of more than 55 percent on radio and more than 28 percent on television. That makes the ARD number 1 in Germany. And worldwide with this output, a budget of 6.1 bill. Euro and around 23,800 permanent staff, it is the largest non-commercial programme provider.
ARTE, the European culture channel, is a public enterprise. It is primarily aimed at citizens in Germany and France. ARTE was established on 30 April 1991 with the mission of “conceiving, designing and broadcasting television programmes of a cultural and international nature in the broad sense that are suitable for fostering understanding and rapprochement of peoples in Europe". ARTE wishes to show Europe’s cultural diversity. The headquarters in Strasbourg, ARTE G.E.I.E., and the two members ARTE France and ARTE Deutschland TV GmbH are financed by means of television fees. The members in Germany and France supply 40 percent of the programmes broadcast by ARTE respectively. 20 percent of the productions are provided by the 380 staff members at the headquarters in Strasbourg.
Bavaria Film GmbH is one of the most venerable media companies in Europe. A traditional film studio founded in 1919 in Geiselgasteig on the outskirts of Munich, Bavaria Film and its subsidiaries and partner companies have developed into an international service provider for film and television productions, with branches in the important media locations in German-speaking countries and providing services for all segments of the audio-visual industry.
Deutsche Welle: Worldwide for tolerance and cultural dialogue
Promoting the dialogue of cultures, strengthening the freedom of art, connecting people with each other - and contributing to a better understanding between cultures and peoples: with its offer of programmes in 30 languages, Deutsche Welle (DW) daily connects people all over the world every day – via TV, radio and Internet, via social media and the DW App. About 4,000 partner broadcasters make use of offers from DW.
The German foreign broadcaster presents Germany in all its facets - as a developed European culture and a democratically-constituted state. The Deutsche Welle is aimed primarily at people who make decisions, who take an active part in the formation of political opinion, at visionaries and critical spirits.
Some 3,000 employees, men and women from 60 nations work at the DW headquarters in Bonn and at its Berlin location.
The DW Akademie is Germany's leading institution for media development cooperation. In around 50 countries, trainers and consultants are committed to the development of free and transparent media systems. Sustainable media support – that is the guiding principle of the DW Akademie. That also includes media training courses for executives of German as well as foreign institutions, ministries and companies.
Deutschlandradio produces the three nationwide radio programmes: Deutschlandfunk and DRadio Wissen in its Cologne broadcasting centre, as well as Deutschlandradio Kultur in its Berlin broadcasting centre. The broadcaster offers news and background information on politics and culture from Germany and the world. Deutschlandradio originated as a result of German reunification which made a reorganization and merging of the broadcasting systems of the FRG and the GDR necessary. To this end, RIAS Berlin, which had been established under occupation law, the state-owned Deutschlandfunk and the German broadcaster Kultur which was founded after 1989 by the "Runden Tisch" ("Round Table"), and had its origins in "Rundfunk der DDR", were grouped together under the umbrella of the ARD and ZDF. On January 1, 1994 Deutschlandradio was established as a national radio programme in Germany.
3sat – is a public service satellite cultural programme in German language. Joint television programme of the Association of Public Broadcasting Corporations in the Federal Republic of Germany (ARD), the German Television ZDF, the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (ORF) and the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation SRG SSR – represented by Schweizer Fernsehen). The programme shares of ZDF and ARD are both around 32.5 percent. The ORF contributes about 25 percent of the programme content and SRG SSR about 10 percent. The location of the 3sat channel is Mainz. ZDF is the broadcasting company in charge. 3sat can be received all day in Germany via DVB-T.
The EBU is the largest organization of national broadcasting corporations worldwide. Since the merger with the OIRT in 1993 - the former organization of the Eastern European broadcasting companies - the EBU has 69 active members in 50 countries, as well as 49 affiliated members in a further 30 countries. The EBU negotiates on behalf of its members on the broadcasting rights to important sports events, organizes their exchange of programmes and makes services available which facilitate the border-crossing cooperation of its members.
The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), Vienna, supervises the observation of human rights and the agreements of the European Union. The FRA gathers and analyses information and data and acts in an advisory capacity. It is in close dialogue with civil society and is commissioned to sensitise the public to questions related to basic rights. For this purpose, it supplies annual reports and subject breakdowns.
The Freudenberg foundation (Freudenberg Stiftung GmbH) was founded in 1984. Members of the Freudenberg family transferred shares in the Freudenberg company which was exclusively in family ownership, to a non-profit-making foundation. The purpose of the foundation is the promotion science and education as well as the intensification of the peaceful coexistence in society. The Freudenberg Stiftung makes annual donations of around 1.75 million Euro. Since its foundation the foundation has been devoting itself to three theme areas - the integration of cultural minorities, the hostile and discriminating reactions which they are faced with and the promotion of a democratic culture which is the precondition for peaceful coexistence - the promotion of young people who, in particular, for reasons of social discrimination on their way through school and through the system of occupational qualification get into difficulties - the reintegration of the mentally ill in working and professional life as well as the sensitization for their specific problems. The focus of the projects are mainly on young people. Together with Westdeutscher Rundfunk on behalf of the ARD, the Freudenberg Stiftung established the CIVIS Medienstiftung, in order to provide the proven CIVIS Radio and Television Prize with a permanent basis and to make a new start possible.
The commissioner for Migration, Refugees and Integration is appointed by the Federal Government and supports it in an independent and advisory function in the further development of the integration policy and the promotion of coexistence of foreign immigrants and Germans. Since 2018 the Minister of State in the Federal Chancellor’s Office Annette Widmann-Mauz, MdB (CDU), has held the position. After Heinz Kühn (SPD), Liselotte Funcke and Cornelia Schmalz-Jacobsen (both FDP), Marieluise Beck (Bündnis 90/The Greens), Prof. Dr. Maria Böhmer (CDU) and Aydan Özoguz (SPD), she is the seventh holder of the office since it was created in 1978.
The German Producers Alliance - Film & Television is the independent body which represents the interests of the German producers of film, television and other audiovisual works. Within the national and international context, the producers' alliance represents the interests of the producers in relation to politics, users, collective bargaining parties and all bodies of the media and culture sectors. The Chairman of the General Board of Management is Alexander Thies, Managing Director is Dr. Christoph E. Palmer. The key objectives of the Producers Alliance are the creation of fair conditions of competition for the production and media market as a whole, the improvement the economic and legal environment for film and television producers and the strengthening of a public image of the producers which corresponds with the role of the producer as an economic and creative centre for the production of film, television and other audiovisual works. The members of the Producers' Alliance are large and smaller companies, as well as affiliates of corporate groups and broadcasters. They produce in the fields of feature film, TV fiction, TV entertainment, animation, advertising and documentary.
Österreichischer Rundfunk (ORF) is an independent media corporation under public law. It offers about 288 hours radio and 48 hours of television programmes daily with its 14 radio and two television stations which are transmitted by about 1.800 stations. Together with ZDF, SRG and ARD, ORF also operates the TV-satellite programme 3sat. Another service provided by ORF is ORF TELETEXT which offers about 2000 pages of information and services around-the-clock. With ORF.at, its online information platform, ORF is also responsible for Austria’s leading Internet offer. Within recent years, ORF has steadily extended its media offer – via radio, television, ORF.at and ORF TELETEXT: within the scope of the development of ORF into a modern multimedia company, the audience is presented, on the one hand, with special interest channel like TW 1, new media and new technologies such as digital, interactive television or news services via SMS and UMTS, while on the other, the company is opening up its rich video and sound archives and increasingly producing video, CD and cassette editions. The main locations of the ORF are the ORF Centre, Broadcasting House and ORF Heiligenstadt in Vienna, plus the regional studios in the federal states.
phoenix – Current affairs and documentary channel with headquarters in Bonn – is a public service special interest channel of ARD and ZDF. phoenix serves the purpose of supporting the formation of the opinions and the decision-making process of the people of Germany and aims to promote democratic parliamentarianism and European integration. phoenix is non-party and has a balanced content. The channel is managed by two Programme Directors with equal rights, one each being appointed by ARD and ZDF. One of the two Programme Directors is given the function of a spokesman, which annually changes between ARD and ZDF. phoenix has its legal foundation in the 3rd Amendment to the Interstate Broadcasting Treaty, which permits ARD and ZDF to organise two special interest channels. phoenix is financed by a share in the monthly broadcasting licence fees. Its annual budget is around 30 million Euro. The funds are released by the Commission for the Establishment of the Financial Requirements of the Public Service Broadcasting Corporations (KEF).
RTV Slovenia (Radio Televizija Slovenija) is Slovenia’s public service radio and television broadcaster with its headquarters in Ljubljana. RTV Slovenia operates two national television channels and three radio stations. The programming mandate is the promotion of democratic, social and cultural development. Regular attention is paid to the national minorities of Italians, Hungarians and Roma in Slovenia as well as to the Slovenian minorities in the neighbouring countries. The regional centres of Koper and Maribor are given special consideration in the radio and television programmes of RTV Slovenia. RTV Slovenia has an Executive Director-General, a Programme Advisory Board as well as a Control Body elected by the National Assembly.
The ZDF is the national television broadcaster of all 16 federal states, with a uniform nationwide programme which began broadcasting on April 1, 1963. The mission of the ZDF is: with a full program of information, education and entertainment to provide television viewers in Germany with an objective view of world events and, in particular, a comprehensive picture of German reality. The ZDF is funded out of a mixture of licence fees and advertising. The broadcasting centre in Mainz, plus the Capital Studio Berlin, 16 domestic and 18 international studios form the organizational infrastructure of the ZDF, in which around 3,600 full-time employees are active. The ZDF is involved in the German cultural channel 3sat and the European cultural channel ARTE. The ARD/ZDF Children's Channel and PHOENIX, the current affairs and documentary channel, have been broadcasting since 1997. The ZDF program family includes three digital channels: ZDFneo, ZDFinfo and ZDFkultur.
SRG SSR is the largest provider of electronic media in Switzerland. Its offering is national, multimedial and multilingual, encompassing eight television channels and 18 radio stations in the four national languages, complemented by websites in a total of ten languages and teletext in German, French and Italian. Not only is the choice of media and languages broad, but the SRG SSR's schedules also contain something for everyone. They extend from news, narrative and background reports on politics, the arts, society and sport, through to entertainment, with feature films, sitcoms, radio plays, shows, talk and music. SRG SSR services are broadcast nationally but programming is made primarily for audiences in the country's separate language regions: German-speaking Deutschschweiz, French-speaking Suisse romande, Italian-speaking Svizzera italiana and Romansch-speaking Svizra rumantscha. The services offered by Swissinfo/Swiss Radio International are targeted at both domestic and international audiences. With its programming, SRG SSR is providing services on behalf of the general public: Hence the term "public service broadcaster". It is a non-profit organisation which is financed from a variety of sources, primarily the licence fee. Commercial revenues also help to swell the Corporation's coffers. Commercial gains are channelled back into the public service.
The VFF is the company managing the third-party rights of German contract producers, public-service broadcasting companies, private broadcasting companies and several regional broadcasters. On a trust basis, it handles legal and compensation claims resulting from their intellectual property.
WDR mediagroup is the media service provider of Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR). In 1958 WDR mediagroup was founded as Westdeutsches Werbefernsehen (WWF), a 100% subsidiary of WDR. Its core business is selling radio and TV airtime as an integrated media service provider.
Over 17 million people in North Rhine-Westphalia and - via cable and satellite - many more million listeners and viewers can receive the programmes of Westdeutscher Rundfunk, known for short as WDR, all over Germany. The WDR is for everybody, for majorities as well as for minorities. That is its programme mandate as a public service media corporation. The WDR promotes social integration and cultural diversity in Germany and Europe. With a daily portfolio of five radio programmes (Eins Live, WDR 2, WDR 3, WDR 4 and WDR 5 with Funkhaus Europa), two additional radio services (WDR 2 Klassik as well as the traffic channel VERA), an own third television programme (WDR Fernsehen) with its own videotext service (WDR-Text), a 21-25 percent share of the 1st German Television / Das Erste, participations in the satellite programmes 3sat, ARTE, KI.KA and PHOENIX as well as in ARD Digital, participations in DeutschlandRadio and an own online offer (wdr.de), the WDR provides a wide-ranging selection of programmes - on the radio, television and the Internet. With numerous freelancers and 4,156 (2002) permanent members of staff, the WDR, founded in 1956, is one of the largest broadcasting companies in Europe. As a non-profit-making organization, the WDR has an obligation to the general public and is independent of all government and private interest groups. The programme mandate of the WDR is legally determined: information, education and entertainment in images and sound.