The German broadcaster RTL is to launch a new international German-language pay-TV channel later this month, Handelsblatt has learned. After more than ten years in the pipeline, the new channel, RTL International, will go live on January 18, becoming the newest channel in the RTL Group, Europe’s largest private broadcast corporation.
“There are up to 10 million Germans living abroad,” Stefan Sporn, who heads international distribution at RTL Germany, told Handelsblatt: “They don’t usually have access to a linear German TV channel,” he added.
Andre Prahl, RTL’s head of program distribution, said: “We want audiences to access our content through all the major foreign platforms. RTL International means our programming will be available in many foreign countries for the first time.”