English-language Media in Germany

Information about the local and international English-language print and broadcast media that is available in Germany...

There are many options for those seeking English-speaking radio and television channels, as well as print publications, when living in Germany.

Radio

BBC World Service can be received on digital FM 90.2 and Satellite Hot Bird 2-13º East.

  • For more information on receiving BBC World Service via satellite: Click here

The main BBC stations and other English-language radio can also be received via many satellite TV installations or over the Internet. Previously broadcast programmes can often be listened to again or downloaded.

Voice of America is also available on shortwave, with NewsNow.

English-language radio

Radio on the Internet: English-language stations online

Many radio stations stream their broadcasts on the Internet. Typically you will need RealPlayer or Windows Media Player, both of which can be downloaded.

Television

Cable

Some English free-to-air channels can be received via cable including BBC World, BBC Prime, Sky News, Nickelodeon and CNN.

  • For more information on English-language television packages available via the cable television network: Click here

To receive cable TV, it may be necessary for the provider to install cabling and other equipment if it is not already available in your building. Additionally, a subscription will be required, usually with a minimum contract period. Cable TV packages are often combined with telephone and internet servies. Most mobile telephone companies also offer high speed internet packages combined with telephone and television.

Satellite

In Germany, the Astra 2 satellite transmits English speaking channels such as BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and Sky.

Other satellite options are Intelsat and Eutelsat.

Premiere is one of the biggest digital satellite providers in Germany offering programme packages or subscription to individual channels. Although it does not broadcast specifically in English, Premiere shows live games from the English premiership as well as many other European leagues on Saturday afternoons and other sports including Wimbledon, Formula 1 and major golf tournaments. It offers multiple-language commentary and multiple interactive screens for example to watch more than one match simultaneously.

Print Publications

Most major publications are available online as well as in print. For a more portable digital version, apps like the Mail Plus App from the UK's Daily Mail Group allow the latest news to be read on a phone or tablet, often for much less than the cost of a subscription.

Daily international newspapers and a wide range of magazines are available from many newsstands and newsagents throughout the country. English newspapers are available on the day of publication.

Online Media in English in Germany

  • The Munich Times: Provides local daily news for the English-speaking expatriate community in Bavaria. Practical information and regularly updated content on business, politics, science, health and sport
  • The Local: German news in English
  • Bild: German daily which offers national news online in English
  • Spiegel: German daily which offers national news online in English

International online news

International News Links

Angloinfo delivers an extensive English-language news service, drawn from sources around the world.

Many international newspapers are also online:

UK

Ireland

USA

Canada

Australia

New Zealand

South Africa