The Media Authority of North Rhine-Westphalia was founded in 1987 on the basis of the “Broadcasting Act for the Land of North Rhine-Westphalia” of January 23, 1987. At the time, it was called the “Broadcasting Authority for North Rhine-Westphalia” and it has been located in Düsseldorf since the very beginning. On July 31, 2002, a new state media law was enacted renaming of the North Rhine-Westphalia state broadcasting authority, as well as making other changes. Since then, it has been known as the Media Authority of North Rhine-Westphalia.
It is currently located in the Düsseldorf Medienhafen, an office and recreational area established in Düsseldorf’s former inner harbour, and has 80 employees, one-third of whom work part-time. The average age of the staff is around 40.