Media

1945

After the end of Nazi rule, in ­Germany initially newspapers may only appear under Allied ­licence. In the US zone of ­occupation the first licence is awarded on 1 August 1945 to 
the Frankfurter Rundschau.
dpa

1950

The six West German broadcasting houses agree in Bremen to join forces to form the “Arbeits­gemeinschaft der öffentlich-­rechtlichen Rundfunkanstalten der Bundesrepublik Deutschland,” or ARD broadcaster.
Goettert/dpa

1984

In Ludwigshafen the Programm-gesellschaft für Kabel- und 
Satellitenrundfunk, or PKS for short, starts broadcasting. 
This marks the birth of private TV channels in Germany.
Roland Witschel/dpa

1995

The first German newspaper, namely the leftist/liberal taz, goes online only six years after the foundation of the World 
Wide Web. After its go-live, 
the membership of the digitaz community surges.
Martin Schutt/dpa

1997

About 4.1 million German citizens over the age of 14 use the new online access channels at least occasionally. In 2014, the figure rises to around 55.6 million, or 79.1 percent of the over-14s in Germany.
Hubert Link/dpa

2014

Some 28 million people in Germany use Facebook. An Allensbach study mentions 1 million Germans who twitter frequently. The leading social media site is WhatsApp, with a good 35 million users.
Lukas Schulze/dpa