Strength in numbers

11.01.2022, Germany, RTL Deutschland

The combination of RTL Deutschland and Gruner + Jahr has created a national cross-media champion, with 7,500 colleagues across 17 locations.

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As of 1 January 2022, RTL Deutschland and Gruner + Jahr (G+J) are one company (as reported today), creating Germany’s leading entertainment company across all media genres. The new company has a significantly expanded employee base and media portfolio, with more brands, more platforms, more content and more colleagues. We have summarised the facts and figures behind the new company below.


More content

The expanded RTL Deutschland owns 15 TV channels, 17 radio stations, 50 print magazines, 75 digital offerings, 1 podcast platform and the digital entertainment platform RTL+. Focusing on inspiration, creativity and attitude, RTL Deutschland stands for positive entertainment and independent journalism. RTL+ is Germany’s largest digital entertainment offering, and will be expanded in the upcoming months to bring together all content – films, series, music, podcasts, audio books and premium magazines – on one platform (as previously reported).

More reach

With 2.4 million subscribers to RTL+, 62 million TV viewers, 23 million magazine readers, 55 million radio station listeners, 45 million digital users, 12 million monthly podcast plays and 55 million social media followers, RTL Deutschland reaches 99 per cent of the German population. RTL Deutschland aims to keep Germany informed and entertained via its full spectrum of unique content and media.

More quality journalism

Over 1,500 top journalists from Germany and around the world are creating the country’s most powerful cross-media news, infotainment, investigative journalism and docutainment outlet. RTL Deutschland is now responsible for two journalist schools and has trained over 1,000 graduates to date, helping to shape the future of journalism in Germany. Meanwhile, 1,000 tech and data experts are developing the county’s top media company in terms of technology. 

More colleagues

RTL Deutschland now has 7,500 colleagues in 17 locations across Germany. With 55 per cent women, 45 per cent men, an average age of 42 and 50 nationalities, the workforce embraces diversity and pluralism of opinion. RTL Deutschland believes diversity is needed for open and respectful interaction and is vital to the quality of work, while being an integral part of the company’s content and services.

More responsibility

As Germany’s leading entertainment company, RTL Deutschland takes responsibility. Through the company’s charitable associations, up to €24 million is raised annually to help the most vulnerable in society, such as children in need. Sustainability is also important – almost all RTL Deutschland sites are powered by green electricity, and the company aims to be climate neutral by 2030.