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Berlin aktuell was a private radio station from Berlin, which saw itself as a pure news program. The station existed from May 1998 to October 2000. Editor-in-chief was Michael Häutemann.


Berlin aktuell was launched in May 1998 on the FM frequency 93.6 MHz as the successor to the radio station Newstalk. The station saw itself as a “news radio for the new Berlin” and was founded as a competitor to the public radio station Inforadio, which had already been in existence for two and a half years at the time. In 1999, the private station had 65 employees, 23 of whom were permanent editors.

On April 17, 2000, the Berliner Zeitung reported that the Berlin/Brandenburg State Media Authority was putting the broadcast frequency of Berlin aktuell out to tender again and that the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) wanted to take over the station. “Berlin aktuell has a chequered history behind it, not a successful one at that. After the attempt to make a news-oriented radio program with Newstalk had failed, the majority owner MITI (the US corporation Metromedia International Group) made another attempt in 1998 with a new name and modified concept. But so far there has been no success with listeners.

In November 2000, FAZ officially took over the station and incorporated Berlin aktuell into FAZ Businessradio, which also only lasted two years. Today, the FM frequency 93.6 MHz is allocated to the music station Jam FM.


  • Patrick Conley: “Private News”. In: Cut, Vol. 3, No. 9 (September 1999): pp. 22-27.
  • Ralf Mielke: “Concatenation of unfortunate circumstances. The FAZ takes over Berlin aktuell 93.6“. In: Berliner Zeitung, 17 April 2000.

See also

  • Newstalk (precursor)
  • FAZ Businessradio (successor, discontinued in 2002)