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Cable Television and the Future of Broadcasting by Ralph Negrine

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Chapter SixCable Television in West Germany

Michael Schacht and ROlf-Rüdiger Hoffman

The Broadcasting System

The federal structure of the broadcasting system in the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) reflects the regional organisation of post-war broadcasting. Political forces in Germany and the Western allies had wished to prevent the broadcasting system from falling under the influence of the federal government. The intention was that neither the federal government nor the federal postal service (Deutsche Bundespost) nor, indeed, private business should dominate or even influence broadcasting.

In line with the constitution, broadcasting is the cultural prerogative of the federal states, the Länder. Each broadcasting station is therefore governed ...

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