The digitalisation of media markets is calling the legitimacy of public broadcasting into question. Willingness to pay a licence fee is declining, and young people hardly use radio and television anymore. How is ARD responding to these challenges? In this study, Henning Eichler examines strategic approaches and new journalistic formats in terms of their potential for innovation. How promising are cross-media strategies in fragmented media markets? How do editorial offices that engage in journalism for social networks organise themselves? For this purpose, the author conducted interviews with editors, managers and journalists and researched innovative editorial offices.
His work reveals the successes and limitations of innovative approaches and makes it evident that ARD must fundamentally change if it does not want to lose further relevance.