(formerly RTL 2
) is a privately owned, commercial, general-interest German television channel
It was founded as a second-generation commercial broadcaster in 1993
. It quickly became infamous for its perceived "trash programming", comprising lots of soft porn
as well as shows such as Peep
and many pseudo-documentaries being mainly vehicles for nudity
. Despite dropping all erotic programming in late 2001
, its bad reputation follows RTL II to this day. Today, programming pillars are daily episodes of the local Big Brother
in access primetime, and a primetime lineup consisting mostly of docu-soaps, movies and licensed series such as 24
and Stargate SG-1
. Recent efforts to move further towards quality programming with science magazines and documentaries have met with an indifferent audience response.
The channel's prime-time newscast RTL II News
is frequently criticized for its selection of news stories: Catering to a young audience, it has been known to put a CD release or the launch of a new gaming console in the second headline slot directly after the day's top event. This unconventional approach has supposedly brought RTL II's broadcasting licence into jeopardy at least once, as a German commercial broadcaster
has to feature minimum amounts of serious informational and cultural programming to be allowed a full channel licence. Though widely criticized, the newscast is well-produced and quite popular with its target audience.
On weekdays, RTL II also airs an......