#meinfernsehen 2021 – Participation process on the future of public television

Public broadcasting is more controversial than ever. However, in public, discussions about it are mostly conducted by the same experts and actors from politics and civil society. In collaboration with two great partners, we want to complement this discourse in an innovative online participation process  in order to find out: What needs to change, what should remain in television?

The cooperative project #meinfernsehen2021 is dedicated to the future of public television. The focus is on the question of whether the mission of public broadcasting in a digitalized society is still up to date and to what extent it corresponds to the audience’s expectations of television.

In a multi-stage online participation process, citizens can discuss various questions on the topic and contribute their own ideas. The results of this participation process will finally be presented at a conference with the involvement of various media representatives and interested citizens. We would also like to prepare the central findings for scientific publications and conferences.

The objectives can be summarized as follows:

  • Collecting positions and arguments
  • Gaining suggestions for a renovation
  • Stimulating reflection and discussion on the topic among participants
  • Awareness through participation in the discourse
  • Contribute findings into public debate and scientific discussion
  • Scientific publications and conferences

The project is scheduled to run for seven months (12/2020 to 06/2021) and is being carried out in cooperation with the Grimme Institute and the Federal Agency for Civic Education (bpb).



Eilders, Christiane / Gerlach, Frauke (2021): Gestaltungswille und Wissenslücken. Eine Zwischenbilanz zu #meinfernsehen2021. In: epd medien 14, 2021, 3-7. Read here.

Eilders, Christiane / Gerlach, Frauke (2021): Einbeziehen und erklären. Handlungsempfehlungen auf Grundlage der Beteiligungsplattform #meinfernsehen2021. Grimme-preis Publikation 57, 10-11. Read here.

Soßdorf, Anna / Seim, Jonathan / Warnke, Viviana N. E. (2021): “Zuhören überzeugt mehr als argumentieren.”. Grimme-preis Publikation 57, 6-9. Read here.