New national media champ

RTL Deutschland and Gruner + Jahr join forces to create a national cross-media champion, with a symbolic forest conservation project to celebrate the launch.

The combination of RTL Deutschland and Gruner + Jahr (G+J) at the beginning of the year has created Germany’s leading entertainment company across all media genres. With 15 TV channels, 50 print magazines, 17 radio stations, 75 digital offerings, a podcast platform and the streaming platform RTL+, the company offers a media and brand diversity which is unique in Germany. With around 1,500 journalists and a commitment to quality content, RTL Deutschland strengthens the pluralism of opinion in Germany. In Cologne, Hamburg, Berlin and 14 other German locations, around 7,500 colleagues are working together on the success of the new company. RTL Deutschland stands for positive entertainment and independent journalism, and is set for sustainable growth.

In keeping with the company’s goal of ensuring sustainable growth and in line with the new number of total employees, RTL Deutschland has taken over the conservation of 7,500 square metres of a forest.

Matthias Dang and Stephan Schäfer, Co-CEOs of RTL Deutschland, say: “Today we are celebrating the combination of RTL Deutschland with Gruner + Jahr. Together we want to entertain, inform and inspire the people of Germany. With the expansion of RTL+ in the first half of the year, we are creating the best offer for our diverse company – the first digital entertainment platform across all media genres. The forest conservation project is a nice symbol for us: It stands for sustainable growth as well as the responsibility we have as a media company.”


About RTL Germany  

Together with Gruner + Jahr, RTL Deutschland is the leading entertainment company in Germany across all media genres: TV and streaming, print and digital, radio and podcast. It unites the strongest media brands from RTL to STERN, from BRIGITTE to VOX, from GEO to ntv. With RTL+, the company operates the largest German streaming platform with 2.4 million subscribers (as of Q3 2021). RTL Deutschland includes 15 TV channels, 50 premium magazines, the AUDIO NOW podcast portfolio and numerous digital offerings, including CHEFKOCH and RTL Radio Deutschland is also one of the largest private radio groups with stakes in 17 radio stations, such as ANTENNE BAYERN and Radio Hamburg.

RTL Deutschland focuses on positive entertainment and independent journalism. Around 1,500 journalists cover all socially relevant topics in an informative and entertaining way. From news to sports, from living to lifestyle, from women to family - RTL Deutschland reaches 99 percent of the population. With Ad Alliance, the company has the largest German marketer. Thanks to targeted investments in the areas of tech and data, RTL Deutschland is strategically on its way to becoming the leading media company in terms of technology. RTL Deutschland, headquartered in Cologne and with 16 other German locations, mainly in Hamburg and Berlin, employs 7,500 people and is a subsidiary of RTL Group.