Diversity and accessibility

Children's show Kid et toi on M6 is also translated into French Sign Language (LSF) © M6

Diversity is at the very heart of RTL Group. Our families of channels and TV production companies offer our audiences the broadest possible spectrum of entertainment and informational programmes: for the whole family, young and old, female and male.

RTL Group's channels offer a wide variety of programme genres, and each channel retains its own particular profile.

  • RTL Television is Germany’s leading commercial broadcaster of news programmes.
  • M6 is renowned for some of France’s leading economic and investigative magazine programmes.
  • RTL Televizija broadcasts Croatia’s leading news formats such as the successful late-night news show RTL Direkt and is known as the home of family entertainment (for example Little Stars)
  • RTL Klub’s news programmes are market leaders in their respective time slots in Hungary: RTL Klub’s main news, RTL Hiradó, is the most-watched daily news programme. 
  • RTL Radio in France is an established institution for political news reporting and sets the benchmark for political interviews with L’invité de RTL

In their programming, RTL Group companies acknowledge and take care to reflect the diversity of the cultures they serve:

  • M6 won a Special Mention for a Documentary prize from the Prix Média Enfance Majuscule for their report on the family life of gay couples. Zone interdite: Papa et maman sont gays (Dad and Mum are gay) aired in prime time in January 2013. Read more.
  • In a new documentary series, RTL-TVI in Belgium raises awareness about the medical and ethical aspects of organ donation, where for some patients, a transplant is the only chance for survival. Read more.
  • Gute Zeiten, schlechte Zeiten (GZSZ), the popular RTL Television TV series, has always covered socially relevant issues, including themes such as drugs and bulimia
  • At RTL Klub, public service broadcasting-style magazine programmes like Házon kívül or XXI. század frequently cover topics of minorities, disadvantaged and disabled, reporting on their problems, thereby facilitating positive progress. RTL Klub’s infotainment programme Fókusz regularly features varied themes aimed at helping disadvantaged people. In the drama series Éjjel-Nappal Budapest (a local adaptation of Berlin - Tag & Nacht) RTL Klub highlights social problems faced by young people, such as drug and alcohol abuse, and also shows how to manage them.

RTL Group's channels make sure programmes are suitable and responsible entertainment for children

Making content accessible to all

For people with disabilities

  • RTL Group channels, such as M6 in France, RTL Television in Germany and Antena 3 in Spain, are using the latest technology to make their programmes more accessible for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.
  • Having introduced subtitles for its popular soap Goede Tijden, Slechte Tijden, RTL Nederland is now also broadcasting its news programme RTL Nieuws with subtitles.
  • Since May 2015, numerous formats have been subtitled on Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland’s channels. With the launch of the 2016/17 TV season the programming for hearing-impaired viewers was further expanded. In August 2016, RTL Television’s daily series Gute Zeiten, schlechte Zeiten was shown with subtitles for the first time ever.
  • In line with statutory requirements in Hungary, all RTL Klub programmes, including mini-programmes and public service advertisements, are subtitled, excluding adverts and promotions.

For children

RTL Group produces and broadcasts a wide variety of entertaining programmes for younger audiences, and is involved in many organisations relating to the standards and ethics of this:

  • Founded in 2004, Media Smart is an organisation that promotes media and advertising understanding in children. Its aim is to help children think of the messages and intentions behind advertising, and so learning how to deal with it. Super RTL was one of the founding members of Media Smart and its Managing Director, Claude Schmit, is Media Smart’s Executive Chairman.
  • In Germany, RTL Television has a Standards & Practices department to ensure its broadcasts are suitable, or at an appropriate time, for the protection of young viewers.
  • To make the internet safer for children, in December 2011 RTL Group joined the ‘CEO Coalition to Make the Internet A Better Place for Kids’. Other international members include Apple, Deutsche Telekom, Nokia and Microsoft. RTL Group published an action plan for companies working in information and communications technology. It calls for, among other things, age-appropriate privacy settings, wider use of content classification, and wider availability and use of parental control.

In a video statement, Bert Habets, RTL Group Co-CEO, highlighted the importance of diversity for RTL Group


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