BR1

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BR1
Country Baltia
First air date 6 November 1954; 63 years ago
Slogan Wir sind 1 (We are 1)
Broadcast area Nationwide
Owner Baltisch Rundfunk
Former names Baltisch Radio (1954-1958)
BR Fernsehen (1958-1980)
Picture format 16:9 576i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Language Baltish
Audience share 21.6% (2018, Kantar TNS)
Headquarters Hasenholm, Riga
Sister channels BR2
BR3
BR Kids
BR4
B·TV
Official Website br.bl

BR1 (BR Eins) is the flagship television channel of the Baltish Broadcasting Corporation (BR). It became Baltia's first television station when it began broadcasting in 1954.

BR1 focuses on news, current affairs, entertainment, sports and drama in a similar vein to BBC One in the United Kingdom. Besides its own productions, the channel also broadcasts a significant amount of programmes from other European countries, mainly Germany, United Kingdom and the Nordic countries, all in the original language with Baltish subtitles. Its news programme is called BR Neus.

History[edit]

The first transmissions were made on 6 November 1954 from the Radiohaus in Riga.

Television, known since 1954 as Baltisch Radio, started broadcasting regularly on 22 March 1958 and was renamed to BR Fernsehen. The same day, the newscast Panorama went on air for the first time. Initially the channel broadcast from 19:00 to either 21:00 or 21:30, with an additional period on Sundays between 18:00 and 19:00.

The new television studios for BR Fernsehen were inaugurated in 1964.

In 1968 the first colour broadcast was made using the PAL-system. Also in that same year advertisement between programmes was introduced.

In the 1970s, grew the acquisition of television sets in the country. As a result of this, broadcasting hours increased and new programmes schedules. In 1972, the channel broadcasts from 17:00 to either 23:00 or 23:30.

In 1973, Panorama Nacht, a second daily newscast was launched on weekdays.

Anja Hornberger in the studio of BR Neus in 2016.

In 1979 the last black-and-white television program switched to colour.

On 30 June 1980 BR2 was launched and BR Fernsehen was renamed to BR1 as it is currently known. The two channels were reorganized in 1981. The vast majority of sports broadcasts and young audience programming went from BR1 to BR2. In this year, BR1 started broadcasting at 15:00.

In 1986 broadcasts would usually start around 14:00 and finish shortly before 00:00. In the daytime period, the channel broadcasted mainly reruns of the evening and imported dramas. Teletext also started in 1986.

In 1992 the channel was once again reorganized. Panorama was renamed to BR Neus and a daily afternoon bulletin was scheduled. Gut Morgen Baltia, a news and interviews morning show was launched on weekdays and therefore the channel brodcasted from 7:00 to 9:30 and from 12:00 to midnight. The first regional programme ever in Baltia, BR Neus - Süd from Vilna, saw the start in this year. More regional news programmes launched in 1995 and the entire country was covered by regional news programmes in 1999.

In 1995 broadcast started at 7:00 and finished at 00:00 or 24:30, with no interruptions in the daytime schedule.

In 1996 a new logo and new programme schedules, among other things, were introduced. In the same year, the first edition of Ein Lied for Europa, the Baltish preselection for the Eurovision Song Contest was held.

In 2006 a new reorganization took place and a new set of logos were introduced on all BR channels. The channel started broadcasting at 6:00 and finished approximately at 1:30 or 2:00. In the same year, test card was replaced by Fensterneus on the night period from 1:30-2:00 to 6:00.

In July 2012, coinciding with the Olympic Games, BR1 HD was launched, replacing BR HD.

On 3 September 2018, BR1 starts to broadcast 24 hours a day because Fensterneus is no longer broadcast.

Organisation[edit]

Administratively, between 1954 and 1981, BR1 was headed by the CEO of BR. Since 1981, is headed by a director general (Intendant), who is elected by the board of directors of BR by absolute majority of its members.

Directors General of BR1:

Programming[edit]

News and current affairs[edit]

Current:

Former:

  • Bürgerens fon de Republik (Citizens of the Republic) (2007-2016)
  • De Reporterens (The Reporters) (1992-2000)
  • Fensterneus (Window News) (2006-2018) - the Baltish version of Uutisikkuna
  • Forum (2000-2005)
  • Hallo Baltia (Hello Baltia) (1994-2006)
  • Panorama (1958-1992)
  • Panorama Nacht (Panorama Night) (1973-1992)
  • Studio 1 (1981-2002)
  • Tabelle öffnen (Open Table) (1959-1981)

Entertainment[edit]

Current:

Former:

  • 1 gegen 100 (1 vs. 100) (2008-2011) - the Baltish version of 1 vs. 100
  • Auf de ganz Welt (Around the world) (2002-2006) - the Baltish version of Maailman ympäri
  • Baltia spielt (Baltia plays) (1965-1987)(2004)
  • Bla, bla, bla (1987-1990)
  • Damens unt Herrens (Ladies and Gentlemen) (1966-1984)
  • De besser Jahrens (The Best Years) (2010-2014) - the Baltish version of I migliori anni
  • De gross Balten (The Greatest Baltish) (2006) - the Baltish version of Greatest Britons
  • De Lehrling (The Apprentice) (2009-2010) - the Baltish version of The Apprentice
  • De Lieflinglandschaft fon Baltia (The Favorite Landscape of Baltia) (2010)
  • De Maulwurf (The Mole) (2005-2007) - the Baltish version of The Mole
  • De Preis ist heiss (The Price is Hot) (1983-1990) - the Baltish version of The Price Is Right
  • De schwächste Rivale (The Weakest Rival) (2002-2006) - the Baltish version of The Weakest Link
  • Endlich Freitag! (Finally Friday!) (1988-2014)
  • Eurovision Choir of the Year (2017)
  • Eurovision Dance Contest (2007-2008)
  • Familien-Duell (1993-1998) - the Baltish version of Family Feud
  • Folkmusik (Folk Music) (1984-1988)
  • Heute Afent oder nie (This evening or never) (1990-2001)(2008)
  • Ich liefe Baltia (I Love Baltia) (2013-2014) - the Baltish version of I Love My Country
  • Junior Eurovision Song Contest (2003-2005)
  • Kampf fon Chörens (Fight of the Choirs) (2008-2012) - the Baltish version of Clash of the Choirs
  • Maike mit du (Maike with You) (2005-2014)
  • Mit de Familie zu Singen (Singing with the Family) (2015-2016) - the Baltish version of Un air de famille
  • Spiel diese Lied (Play That Song) (1999-2003) - the Baltish version of The Lyrics Board
  • Tanzen auf Eis (Dancing on Ice) (2008-2009) - the Baltish version of Dancing on Ice
  • Wir liefen Fernsehen! (We love TV!) (1998-2005)
  • Zahlens unt Buchstabens (Ciphers and Letters) (1986-2002) - the Baltish version of Des chiffres et des lettres

Factual, reality and documentary[edit]

Current:

  • 48 Stundens mit... (48 Hours with...)
  • Baltia Entdecken (Discover Baltia)
  • BR Doks (BR Documentaries)
  • BR Historie (BR History)
  • Erstaunlich Paradiesens (Amazing Paradises)
  • Ferbrechens (Crimes)
  • Ich gehe (I leave) - the Baltish version of Ik vertrek
  • Kunst unt Krempel (Art and Clutter) - the Baltish version of Antiques Roadshow
  • Mein perfekt Garten (My Perfect Garden)
  • Menschen wie wir (People Like Us)
  • Raum zu Ferbessern (Room to Improve) - the Baltish version of Room to Improve
  • Seltsam Paarens (Strange Couples)
  • Traumhaus (Dream House)
  • Unser Land (Our Land)

Former:

  • Baltia fon ofen (Baltia from Above) (2013)
  • Baltia unt de Baltens (Baltia and the Balts) (2018)
  • De Afentessen (The Dinner) (2014-2016)
  • De Herr fon de Wälderens (The Lord of the Woods) (2011-2015)
  • De magisch Welt fon Melvin (The Magical World of Melvin) (2010-2014)
  • Europa, Europa (Europe, Europe) (2003-2004)
  • Historisch Detektivens (Historical Detectives) (2008-2012)
  • Klassenkameradens (Classmates) (2009-2013) - the Baltish version of De Reünie
  • Mein Baltia (My Baltia) (2007-2014)
  • Mein Lefen auf de Bauernhof (My Life on the Farm) (2016-2017)
  • Notfall 24 Stundens (Emergency 24 hours) (2013-2017)
  • Rein Fleisch (Pure Meat) (2017)
  • Reisen mit de Familie (Travel with the Family) (2015-2016)
  • Totale Natur (Total Nature) (1976-1978)
  • Welt fon Tierens (World of Animals) (1999-2007)
  • Wer bist du? (Who Are You?) (2010-2016) - the Baltish version of Who Do You Think You Are?
  • Willkommen in Hotel (Welcome to the Hotel) (2008-2010)

Baltish TV series[edit]

Current:

Former:

  • 1918 – De Preis fon Freiheit (1918 – The Price of Freedom) (2018)
  • BSSR: Jahr 2000 (BSSR: Year 2000) (2000-2001)
  • Dagö (2014-2016)
  • De Botschaft (The Embassy) (2015)
  • De Fraktion (The Parliamentary Group) (2013-2015)
  • De gross Familie (The Big Family) (1969-1972)
  • De klein Haus (The Little House) (1963-1967)
  • De Wahrheit (The Truth) (1983)
  • Ehrgeiz (Ambition) (1992-1995)
  • Ein Nacht (One Night) (2016)
  • Elternens unt Kinderens (Fathers and Sons) (1988-1990)
  • Erst Republik (First Republic) (2010-2012)
  • Geschicht fon Schönheit (History of Beauty) (1998)
  • Haus for zwei (House for Two) (1967-1969)
  • Henriette unt Simon (Henriette and Simon) (1972-1979)
  • Herr Bürgmeister (Lord Mayor) (1962)
  • Ich liefe du, du liefst mich (I love you, you love me) (2004-2008)
  • Leere Taschens (Empty Pockets) (2017)
  • Letzt Tanz (Last Dance) (2009)
  • Mordkommission (Homicide Unit) (1994-2009)
  • Myndowen (Mindaugas) (2003)
  • Neu Zeitens (New Times) (1990-1993)
  • Persönlich Gründens (Personal Reasons) (2006-2007)
  • Plötzlich ein Tumor (Suddenly a tumor) (2018)
  • Politsei: Riga (Police: Riga) (2002-2006)
  • Rache fon Liefe (Revenge of Love) (1982-1983)
  • Richterens unt Advokatens (Judges and Lawyers) (1983-1987)
  • Schwarz Witwens (Black Widows) (2005)
  • Stockholm (2015)
  • Sturm (Storm) (2012)
  • Taxi, Taxi (1992-1994)
  • Ungläubigens (Infidels) (2009-2010)
  • Weisskirche (White Church) (1980-1988)
  • Wikman Jungens (Wikman Boys) (1996)
  • Zeit fon Stille (Time of Silence) (1993-1996)
  • Zweit Chance (Second Opportunity) (1989)

Foreign TV series[edit]

Current:

Former:

Sports[edit]

Current:

Former:

Others[edit]

Current:

Former:

  • Fragen Sie de Arzt (Ask the Doctor) (1992-2006)
  • Kasse (Cash register) (1992-2016)
  • Kochen mit... (Cooking with...) (1995-2017)
  • Retrozapping (2009-2016)
  • SuperKlub (SuperClub) (1980-2006)
  • Theater in Fernsehen (Theater on Television) (1958-1982) - the Baltish version of Play of the Month

Primetime schedule[edit]

Fall 2018[edit]

PM 8:00 8:15 8:30 8:45 9:00 9:15 9:30 9:45 10:00 10:15 10:30 10:45 11:00 11:15 11:30 11:45
Monday Hauptstrasse Berichtschau or BR Zoom BR Doks BR Neus BR Historie Montagkino
Tuesday Ich gehe Spurlos European Drama
Wednesday Raum zu Ferbessern 48 Stundens mit... Annes Afent Staatgeheimnissens (R) US Drama
Thursday Meister fon Meisterens Politischrunde The Americans 5
Friday Inner Angelegenheitens De Priester Schultze Show Freitagkino
Saturday Tanzen, Tanzen British Drama Samstagkrimi
Sunday Staatgeheimnissens Nordic Drama Ferbrechens Tatort
Legend:
  News and current affairs   Entertainment   Factual, reality and documentary   Baltish TV series   Foreign TV series   Films   Sports   Others

Viewing share[edit]

1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
BR1 36 34.6 34.1 33.8 34.5 33.8 33.5 33.8 33.9 32.2 30.5 30.1 28.5 28.1 27.4 26.5 26.2 24.8 23.7 22.5 22.7 21.8 21.6

BR1 HD[edit]

BR1 HD is a simulcast of BR1 in 720p high-definition, launched on 27 July 2012 at 19:30 EET. Previously HD programming was shown on BR HD, covering BR1 and BR2.

Logos[edit]

See also[edit]

Baltisch Rundfunk
Television in Baltia
TV4