Deutsche Welle has launched its new English-language TV channel on 22 June during DW's annual media conference, Global Media Forum. DW, the new 24-hour TV channel in English, with hourly news as well as magazine programmes and documentaries, will be broadcast around the world. In Europe it will be available on Astra and Hotbird satellites. DW Director General Peter Limbourg stressed that international media coverage of German perspectives should not be left solely to other international broadcasters.
Since 22 June, Deutsche Welle offers four additional 24-hour TV channels for various parts of the world; DW (Amerika) can be received across the entire American continent and offers 20 hours of German and 4 hours of English programming; DW (Latinoamerica) informs people in Latin America in Spanish around the clock; DW (Deutsch) broadcasts in German 24 hours a day in Asia; and DW (Arabia) targets viewers from the Arab world - 24 hours in Arabic. The regional TV channels will remain unchanged in their respective languages, complementing the 24-hour English channel. Only DW (Europe), with its English-German programming via Hotbird, will be discontinued.