Facts and figures

  • Germany’s leading media and communications hub
  • over 25,000 companies, more than 446,000 employees, around 122 billion euros turnover
  • internationally operating media and telecommunications companies
  • Bertelsmann, Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone
  • strong newspaper and book publishing sector
  • Cologne: German TV capital No. 1
  • leading TV broadcasters WDR, RTL, Vox, Super RTL, n-tv, Phoenix, QVC
  • one-third of domestic television programming produced here
  • Germany’s leading TV producers
  • highly professional service providers and studios
  • lively and creative film scene
  • one of Germany‘s financially strongest regional film funders
  • booming games cluster, strong web video scene
  • Düsseldorf – advertising hub with the highest turnover and mobile capital
  • excellent universities

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The Media Region NRW 

Thomas Rabe
Chairman of the board of Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA
Bertelsmann is operating in around 50 countries – and based in North Rhine-Westphalia. The media business is experiencing rapid transformation. Digitalisation and creativity find the perfect environment in North Rhine-Westphalia to participate in these changes.
Sabine Bendiek
Area Vice President Microsoft Germany
As “NRWers” in the Rheinau Harbour, we appreciate the proximity to key accounts, medium- sized enterprises and important partners of ICT. Being an innovation-driven company, we are benefitting from the media industry’s diversity and from higher education and research institutions.
Tom Buhrow
Director-General Westdeutscher Rundfunk
The media region NRW – this is WDR´s home. And we are NRW´s and the media landscape’s home. That´s how it is and how it should remain. We want to be and continously will be a good partner for all the creative players – with the courage for innovation, the aim for quality and the wish to improve the cultural landscape – to the benefit of all parties.
Timotheus Höttges
CEO Deutsche Telekom
Deutsche Telekom is not only providing society with infrastructure. We are also a reliable companion in the digital world. Both privately and professionally. Anytime and anywhere. Simplifying and enriching people's lives - that is our mission. NRW is the home from where we take on this responsibility - also in partnership with the media.
Carsten Kinast
Managing Director Ogilvy Düsseldorf
Ogilvy has found everything a creative service-provider needs over the past 35 years: interesting clients, experts in technology, colleagues from the media industry, and an exciting art and cultural scene. But the region's most crucial factor is underestimated: the open and human character that is perhaps the greatest competitive advantage in the age of the digital shift and interdisciplinary cooperation
Nathanael Liminski
Head of the State Chancellery of North Rhine-Westphalia
We are working together with the players in the media hub of North Rhine-Westphalia to ensure that media diversity and freedom of expression are safeguarded. Quality, transparency and credibility are our standards here. They guide us and strengthen our democratic polity.
Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart
Minister for Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitisation and Energy
North Rhine-Westphalia is a strong location for media: modern, creative and innovative. The media industry has gone through and is still going through a rapid phase of digital development. The regional state government has paved the way for sustainable development of the region so that the industry will remain in future being what it already is: lively, diverse and unique.
Bernd Reichart
CEO Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland
What we at the RTL Media Group particularly appreciate about NRW and our location in Cologne is the large concentration of highly qualified media professionals: the fact that many of them make a fundamental contribution to the realisation of innovative ideas is a critical success factor for our strategy regarding content.
Dr. Tobias Schmid
Director of the Landesanstalt für Medien NRW and Commissioner for European Affairs of the German Media Authorities
We represent the interests in Europe of a free and independent media landscape and are committed to NRW to being a strong and innovative media hub. The values by which we stand are therefore non-negotiable: freedom of speech, protection of human dignity, media pluralism, and protection of minors. This doesn't work without binding regulations and sanctions for non-compliance.