Next Monday, private broadcaster RTL, based in Cologne, will launch its new news format “RTL Direkt”. As the broadcaster announced, the new newscast, broadcast live from a Berlin studio, will begin at 10:15 p.m. The public is then greeted with a TV face that many will know. Jan Hofer, former …

Next Monday, private broadcaster RTL, based in Cologne, will launch its new news format “RTL Direkt”. As the broadcaster announced, the new newscast, broadcast live from a Berlin studio, will begin at 10:15 p.m. The public is then greeted with a TV face that many will know. Jan Hofer, former chief spokesperson for ARD Tagesschau and former host of the “MDR Riverboat” talk show, will then welcome the audience.

The inhabitants of Cologne do not seem to fear competition between “Tagesthemen” and “Heute-Journal”. Because they freely announced what viewers can expect on Monday. On “RTL Direkt”, Monday’s first broadcast will focus on the start of postal voting, and Hofer will also speak with Green candidate for Chancellor Annalena Baerbock about the current election campaign and ask what the citizens costs will incur as a result of the plans of the Greens. RTL News chief executive Stephan Schmitter has announced that Pinar Atalay will also be in front of the camera from the fall. With the program, still broadcast from Monday to Thursday, the information offer to viewers in prime time would be extended to include other news formats, “RTL Aktuell” at 6.45 pm and the “Nachtjournal” at midnight.

“‘RTL Direkt’ will be a news program like no other,” said editor Lothar Keller. In addition, various elements ranging from live reporting and chat to audience participation and satire would be combined in order to inform viewers in a compact, direct and understandable manner and to keep them well entertained. “We proceed according to the main idea: what moves Germany today? It should be about the topics that burn people that day. For this we are with our team of journalists in all over the country where events are taking place and people have something in the studio, Jan Hofer and Pinar Atalay speak directly to people about their day-to-day lives, or they ask politicians and experts to shed light on issues and issues. contradictions, ”Keller promises.

“Helping to design a new kind of news program like ‘RTL Direkt’, develop it and moderate it yourself is just incredibly appealing,” said Hofer.