Deutsche Welle first went on air on 3 May 1953. Foreign Minister Westerwelle congratulated Deutsche Welle on its 60th anniversary.
For sixty years Deutsche Welle has been a “voice of freedom” among international broadcasters. The information it provides plays an important part in overcoming crises and conflicts. It communicates the values of democracy and human rights.
Thanks to its comprehensive, pluralistic reporting, Deutsche Welle enjoys a high degree of credibility around the world. As a media flagship, Germany’s international broadcaster gives the world a multifaceted ranging image of contemporary Germany and promotes frank dialogue between cultures and societies worldwide.
In an age of new communications technologies and great change on the media scene, Deutsche Welle has evolved from an exclusively short-wave broadcaster to a multimedia company with a range of programmes specifically tailored to each of its target audiences.
Deutsche Welle will continue to make its mark on the international media landscape, and the Federal Foreign Office will continue to support Deutsche Welle.