WDR Fernsehen

WDR Fernsehen is a German free-to-air television network owned and operated by Westdeutscher Rundfunk and serving North Rhine-Westphalia. It is one of the seven regional "third programmes" television stations that are offered within the federal ARD network. The station began broadcasting on December 17, 1965, as Westdeutsches Fernsehen (WDF), changing its name to West 3 in 1988, before settling for WDR Fernsehen in 1994.

WDR Fernsehen
Launched27 December 1965 (1965-12-27)
Owned byWestdeutscher Rundfunk
Picture format1080p HDTV
(downscaled to 720p HDTV and 16:9 576i for the DTT and SDTV feeds, respectively)
Audience share2.2% (Germany) (April 2017 (2017-04), AGF)
Broadcast areaNorth Rhine-Westphalia, also distributed nationally
HeadquartersCologne, Germany
Formerly calledWestdeutsches Fernsehen
West 3
Digital terrestrial televisionNorth Rhine-Westphalia:
Channel 3
Astra 19.2°E (Europe)12422 H 27500 3/4 (HD/SD) Bielefeld, Dortmund, Düsseldorf, Essen, Köln, Münster & Essen
12604 H 22000 5/6 (HD/SD) Aachen, Bonn, Duisburg & Wuppertal
11836 H 27500 3/4 (SD) Köln
Canal Digitaal (Netherlands)Channel 134 (HD)
Channel 662 (SD)
UPC Cablecom (Switzerland)Mediabox:
Channel 54 (HD, Mediabox)
Channel 54 (SD, DigiCard)
Channel 94 (HD, DigiCard)
Ziggo (Netherlands)Channel 56 (SD)
Caiway (Netherlands)Channel 43 (SD)
DELTA (Netherlands)Channel 452 (SD)
Kabel Noord (Netherlands)Channel 113 (SD)
Telekom Entertain (Germany)Channel 39 (HD)
A1 TV (Austria)Channel 53 (SD)
Channel 353 (HD)
KPN (Netherlands)Channel 48 (HD)
T-Mobile (Netherlands)Channel 393 (SD)
Streaming media
WDR.deWatch live
Ziggo GO (Netherlands)ZiggoGO.tv (Europe only)
HorizonHorizon.tv (Switzerland only)

Originally airing only in North Rhine-Westphalia, the channel has become available across Germany with the advent of cable and satellite television. The station is also available free-to-air across Europe via Astra 19.2°E.

In November 2013, the channel faced a graphical rebrand.

News sub-regions

WDR Fernsehen operates eleven sub-regional opt-out services, each broadcasting a 30-minute local news programme entitled Lokalzeit at 19.30 each Monday to Saturday evening together with a shorter, 5-minute bulletin at 18.00 on Mondays to Fridays:




  • Die Wiwaldi-Show (2012-2016)
  • Zimmer frei (1996-2016)


  • Aktuelle Stunde (1983-present)
  • Frau tv (1997-present)
  • Lokalzeit (1996-present)
  • Westpol (1992-present)



  • Sport Inside (2007-present)
  • Zeiglers wunderbare Welt des Fußballs, hosted by Arnd Zeigler (2007-present)




  1. "Wunschliste". wunschliste.de. Retrieved 29 May 2017.
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