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Facts and figures

  • Germany’s leading media and communications hub
  • around 26,000 companies, more than 471,000 employees, more than 143 billion euros turnover
  • international operating media and telecommunications concerns
  • Bertelsmann, Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone
  • strong publishing sector for newspapers and books
  • Cologne: German TV capital No. 1
  • leading TV channels WDR, RTL, VOX, SUPER RTL, ntv, phoenix, QVC
  • streaming offers: RTL+, MagentaTV, GigaTV Net
  • a third of the schedule minutes produced in Germany
  • Germany’s leading TV producers
  • highly professional service providers and studios
  • vibrant and creative film scene
  • one of Germany’s financially strongest regional film funds
  • leading games cluster, strong web video scene
  • ideal conditions for founders and start-ups
  • Düsseldorf: advertising hub with the largest turnover, “mobile capital”
  • excellent universities and training companies
  • diverse art and cultural scene

More information:

The Media Region NRW 

Thomas Rabe
Chairman and CEO Bertelsmann
Bertelsmann employs 140,000 people around the globe. The largest operations are located in NRW, including the headquarters of RTL Deutschland in Cologne and the group headquarters in Gütersloh. In East Westphalia alone, 12,000 employees are working for Bertelsmann. Our federal state offers all the conditions needed to continue developing our business activities - in the region, in Germany and around the world.
Tom Buhrow
Director-General Westdeutscher Rundfunk
NRW as a strong media region is one of the important players in this industry and is keeping pace with the speed of the digital age. This development has been given a further boost by the pandemic. We will not let up in our efforts to continue offering the appropriate outlets and so be there for the people in NRW. Whether it be via mediatheques, smartphones, tablets, apps, podcasts or in a linear format. One thing is a must: the fruitful exchange with many creative minds in the film and media scene and the cooperation with reliable partners.
Timotheus Höttges
CEO Deutsche Telekom
Telekom's mission is to ensure access to and participation in media. Meanwhile, MagentaTV is a television offering that bundles various content providers on one platform. We have strong partners for this right on our doorstep in NRW.
Nathanael Liminski
Head of the State Chancellery of North Rhine-Westphalia
The media region of North Rhine-Westphalia is synonymous with innovation, diversity and creativity. The state government is committed to creating the best conditions for the media industry in order to give a boost to the location even in difficult times.
Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart
Minister for Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitisation and Energy of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia
The media industry is a part but, above all, a shaper of transformation processes: creativity, digital technology and critical journalism are important drivers for North Rhine-Westphalia as a digital, sustainable and culturally as well as economically strong media hub.
Dr. Tobias Schmid
Director of the Landesanstalt für Medien NRW and Commissioner for European Affairs of the German Media Authorities
Freedom of speech, protection of human dignity, media pluralism, and youth and user protection are not negotiable for us. We are committed in NRW to ensuring that these are respected in the media - by enforcing the law and offering people orientation in their everyday use of media.
Isabel Pfeiffer-Poensgen
Minister of Culture and Science of North Rhine-Westphalia
The Film- und Medienstiftung NRW made an important contribution to ensure that films could be made and filmmakers were able to earn a living in the past two years given the constraints resulting from the pandemic.
Stephan Schäfer
Co-CEO RTL Deutschland
RTL Deutschland has ambitious plans. We are developing Germany's largest entertainment and news enterprise across all media categories and making RTL+ into the first all-inclusive media subscription service. NRW is consequently our reliable home, as inspiring as it is creative.