Once television sets became more affordable at the beginning of the 1960s, people from every walk of life could enjoy watching “the tube”. TV stations began broadcasting regularly and filling entire evenings with shows. The medium developed its own diverse forms of production. With its regularly reoccurring series of programmes, it triggered a fundamental shift in how Germans structured their leisure time. Television is a “sit-down for the masses”, wrote Egon Netenjakob in 1966. “We were working in television, not in film”, remembers cinematographer Michael Ballhaus about his time working for broadcaster Südwestfunk, “creative freedom was not only tolerated – it was actively welcomed and demanded”. The discussion will centre on the opportunities and limits of West German television of the 1960s. On the panel are producer Regina Ziegler, documentary filmmaker Hans-Dieter Grabe, producer Günter Rohrbach and TV writer and journalist Georg Stefan Troller. Klaudia Wick will moderate.
In German ǀ No admission fee