The Weather Channel Germany

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Ident of Der Wetter Kanal in 1996.

The Weather Channel Germany (German: Der Wetter Kanal) was a German-language television channel that aired from June 1996 to January 1998.[1][2][3]

The channel was owned by various partners, among the partners were Landmark Communications, then-owners of the American Weather Channel, with a 45% share; and the Holtzbrinck Publishing Group with a 25% share.[4] Landmark Communications was only able to take a minority stake in the channel due to German media regulations.[3] Jörg Kachelmann was named the channel's first director.[1] Difficulties in getting full-time coverage on cable networks, the lack of revenue from subscriber fees, and a poor advertising market all led to the station's closure in 1998.[2][3]


Segments on the Weather Channel included:[5][6]

  • Businesswetter (Business Weather), forecasts for business travelers.
  • Regionalwetter (Regional Weather), forecasts for regions of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland
  • Reise (Travel), a short travelogue on an destination.
  • Städtewetter (City Weather), with forecasts for major cities across Europe.
  • Weltwetter (World Weather), with international forecasts.
  • Wetterlexikon (Weather Lexicon), with weather trivia.
  • Wetterschau (Weather Show), the main weather forecasting segment.
  • Wochendewetter (Weekend Weather), forecasts for the upcoming weekend.

The station would also air short films about the impact of weather on society.[7] Much like the American Weather Channel, The Weather Channel Germany had Local Forecast segments that ran every 5 minutes. The Local Forecasts were initially powered by Weather Star 4000s.[8]


Presenters on the Weather Channel included:[6]


  • Alexander Lehmann
  • Armin Mathes
  • Rolf Engels
  • Thomas Globig
  • Thomas Kessler


  • Anja Bergerhoff
  • Claudia Kleinert
  • Frank Sitter


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Pieseln vom Himmel". Der Spiegel. April 15, 1996.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Schon übermorgen ist Sendeschluß". Berliner Zeitung. January 27, 1998.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Batten, Frank (2002). The Weather Channel: The Improbable Rise of a Media Phenomenon. Boston, Massachusetts: Harvard Business School Publishing. pp. 174–181. ISBN 1-57851-559-9.
  4. "Blitz und Donner sind eingeschlagen beim Wetterkanal". Kress. Archived from the original on March 18, 2014.
  5. "Der Wetter Kanal (Deutschland) im Jahr 1996". YouTube.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. 6.0 6.1 Mathes, Armin (November 28, 2006). "Der Wetterkanal - Präsentation von Wetterinformationen" (PDF). Universiät Bonn.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. "Wetterkanal LTU Thilo Lange, Jürgen Noe 10.10.1997". YouTube. December 14, 2018.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. "Wetterkanal Infobroschuere". Retrieved April 26, 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

See also

The Weather Channel in Europe:

External links