The Media Authority of North Rhine-Westphalia

The Media Authority of North Rhine-Westphalia is the supervisory institution for private broadcasters in NRW. As an institution incorporated under public law the Media Authority of North Rhine-Westphalia is an independent organisation that is not controlled by the State. Its activities are financed by a portion of the radio and television license fees levied in NRW. Established in 1987 as the Broadcasting Authority of North Rhine-Westphalia (LfR), the LfM is today one of 14 State Media Authorities in Germany. Its activities are regulated in the Media Law of North Rhine-Westphalia and include among others:

  • Guaranteeing freedom of expression and diversity
  • Issuing licences to private radio and television broadcasters
  • Promoting media literacy and community media
  • Promoting new technologies and digitalisation
  • Promoting diversity and participation in the field of local and regional journalism