The German Association of Commercial Broadcasters and Audiovisual Services, Verband Privater Rundfunk und Telemedien (VPRT), was founded in 1990 after the merger of two associations: the BPRT (Federal Association of Private Broadcasters and Telecommunication) and the BKS (Association of Cable and Satellite). VPRT represents the interests of more than 140 companies in the fields of television, radio and telemedia including video- and audio-on-demand services, user generated content platforms, social media and teleshopping.
The VPRT is a registered non-profit association. It has five main bodies: the general assembly, the board of directors, two executive committees in the respective areas: Radio, Audio Services, Television and Multimedia and one advisory committee, the Technology and Innovation Forum.
The VPRT represents the interests of its members on a national, EU and international level. Like AER its main objective is to develop the most suitable legal framework for private commercial radios. VPRT follows EU and national political developments in the fields of media, advertising, telecommunication, copyright and private radio transmission, in order to contribute, to enrich and develop the radio sector. VPRT negotiates and concludes framework agreements with collecting societies as well as with cable operators and advises its members on technical, legal, economic and media policy issues.
VPRT headquarters are in Berlin with currently 14 staff members. VPRT also has an office in Brussels. VPRT is a founding member of AER.
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD: Dr. Tobias Schmid (Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland GmbH)
VICE CHAIRMAN (Radio and Audio Services): Klaus Schunk (Radio Regenbogen Hörfunk in Baden GmbH & Co. KG)
VICE CHAIRMAN (TV and Multimedia): Julian Geist (ProSiebenSat.1 Media AG)
TREASURER: Dr. Holger Enßlin (Sky Deutschland AG)
MEMBERS OF VPRT BOARD:
Dr. Udo Becker (radio NRW GmbH)
Hans Demmel (n-tv Nachrichtenfernsehen GmbH)
Kai Fischer (Antenne Niedersachsen GmbH & Co.)
Nina Gerhardt (RTL Radio Deutschland GmbH)
Hans-Dieter Hillmoth (Radio/Tele FFH GmbH & Co. Betriebs KG)
Karlheinz Hörhammer (ANTENNE BAYERN GmbH & Co. KG)
Annette Kümmel (ProSiebenSat.1 Media AG)
Rainer Sura (QVC Deutschland Inc. & Co. KG)
ADVISORY COMMITTEE: TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION FORUM:
Thomas Wrede (ASTRA Deutschland GmbH)
Dr. Harald Flemming (VIACOM International Media Networks GmbH)
NUMBER OF RADIO STATIONS BELONGING TO THE ASSOCIATION: 51 companies representing 220 private terrestrial radio stations and web channels
PERCENTAGE OF THE AUDIENCE: 70% of the total radio audience
INCOME FROM ADVERTISING: 750 million Euro (radio total)
ADDRESS OF THE LEGAL SITE:
TEL: (+49 030) 39 88 0-0
FAX: (+49 030) 39 88 0-148
ADDRESS OF THE BRUSSELS OFFICE:
Rue des Deux Eglises 26,
TEL: (+32) 2 738 76-19
WEB SITE: http://www.vprt.de
E-MAIL: vprt @ vprt.de