Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (English: “Second German Television”), ZDF, is a public-service German television broadcaster based in Mainz (Rheinland-Pfalz). It is run as an independent non-profit institution, which was founded by three German federal states (Bundesländer). ZDF is financed by television licence fees and advertising revenues. The ZDF is well known for its famous TV formats heute (newscast; established in 1963) and Wetten Dass..? (entertainment show; established in 1981).ZDF was founded in 1961 by federal treaty, after the West German federal government’s plan to set up a TV channel controlled by the federal government caused uproar. West Germany’s constitution stipulated that regulation of culture and media was a compentency of the federal states (Bundesländer).
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