Tagesthemen is one of Germany's main daily television news magazines, presented by journalists Caren Miosga and Ingo Zamperoni. Second only to the 20:00 Tagesschau ("Review of the Day") Tagesthemen ("Issues Of The Day") is ARD's most important newscast. It is different in style and content from Tagesschau and is broadcast Mondays to Thursdays at 22:15, Fridays at 23:15, Saturdays at varying times and Sundays at 22:45. Each Tagesthemen broadcast has a single host. Previously recorded Tagesthemen newscasts can also be seen internationally via YouTube on Tagesschau's YouTube Channel.

Presented byCaren Miosga
Ingo Zamperoni
Pinar Atalay
Country of originGermany
Original language(s)German
Production location(s)Hamburg
Running timeMonday-Thursday: 30 minutes
Friday-Sunday: 15-20 minutes
Original networkDas Erste
Original release2 January 1978 
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In January 1978, Tagesthemen replaced the late edition of Tagesschau, which had been broadcast until then. The broadcast lasts a half hour on weekdays; it is shorter on Fridays (15 minutes) Saturdays (20 minutes) and Sundays (15 minutes).

In contrast to Tagesschau, which provides only an overview of the news, Tagesthemen is designed to also provide the viewer with more information, context and background. The program usually features four to five segments on the stories and themes of the day.

Previously, the program used a variation of the Tagesschau theme, Hammond Fantasy, with the first and last notes in the same keys. From 1997 to 2014, Tagesthemen used the same music as Tagesschau. Currently Tagesthemen uses a different variation of the Hammond Fantasy, similar to the original Tagesthemen theme.

Tagesschau editorial staff provide a daily news summary to the program. A weather report was part of the news summary until 2002: since then it has been presented by a meteorologist, in cooperation with Meteomedia AG, a privately owned company.

Tagesthemen's market share sank with the opening of media competition in Germany; nevertheless, it still lies today at about 12% — this amounts to about 2.5 million viewers per broadcast. Tagesthemen is one of the most influential opinion builders in Germany.


Since 1 October 1985 Tagesthemen, like Tagesschau, has been presented by various hosts. Since the start, the hosts alternate weekly.

The hosts write their scripts themselves; the presentation generally has a much looser style than Tagesschau. Since the Tagesthemen hosts are not restricted to simply reading the daily dispatches, they can develop a lively, personal style compared to their colleagues at Tagesschau, although they are still required to be neutral and objective.

Current presenters

Presenter Date started Comments
Caren Miosga16 July 2007Main presenter
Pinar Atalay7 March 2014[1]Relief presenter
Ingo Zamperoni24 October 2016Main presenter

Former presenters

1985 onwards

Presenter Started Ended
Ulrike Wolf1 October 198523 July 1987
Hanns Joachim Friedrichs14 October 198527 June 1991
Sabine Christiansen4 August 1987September 1997
Ulrich Wickert1 July 199131 August 2006
Ulrich Deppendorf (Relief presenter)19931999
Gabi Bauer6 September 19975 April 2001
Anne Will14 April 200124 June 2007
Tom Buhrow1 September 200616 June 2013
Ingo Zamperoni (Relief presenter)6 January 201312 January 2014
Thomas Roth5 August 20132 October 2016


  • Wolf von Lojewski, 1978-1979
  • Klaus Stephan, 1978
  • Alexander von Bentheim, 1978 - 1980
  • Barbara Dickmann, 1979 - 1983
  • Edmund Gruber, 1984 - ?
  • Gisela Mahlmann 1980-1981
  • Klaus Bednarz, 1982 - 1983
  • Gerhard Fuchs, 1982-1985
  • Klaus-Peter Siegloch, 1982-1985
  • Günther von Lojewski, 1978 - ???
  • Günther Müggenburg, 1978 - 1983
  • Ernst-Dieter Lueg, 1978 - 1985
  • Rüdiger Hoffmann, 1982 - 1985
  • Otto Deppe, 1982-1983
  • Elke Herrmann, 1984-1986
  • Hannelore Gadatsch, 1984-1985


On 12 August 2014 Tagesthemen host Caren Miosga honored the deceased Hollywood actor Robin Williams by standing on the host's desk. With this gesture she alluded to Williams' movie Dead Poets Society, one of Williams' most well-known movies in whose final scene pupils stand atop of their desks to show respect toward their teacher played by the deceased actor.


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