The Research Centre for the History of Broadcasting in Northern Germany analyses media- historical processes on various spatial levels, especially on a regional level. In addition to detailed studies on the institutions and on the programmes of the broadcasting stations in Northern Germany, the Research Centre focuses on the role of the broadcasting stations as core agents of public communication and analyses the long-term effects of media.
The essential basis for all these investigations is provided by the Written Archives of the NWDR [Northwestern German Broadcasting Station] 1945-1955 and of the NDR. All files were forwarded to the Staatsarchiv Hamburg [Public Record Office of Hamburg], where they were indexed and where they are now publicly available (pdf-file, in German only).
An additional source is the body of interviews which have been conducted with historical witnesses, primarily with former editors and producers of the broadcasting stations.
Current Research Projects
- Public Communication as facilitated by the Media from the 1950's to the 1970's
- NORAG and the Culture of the 1920s in Hamburg
- The Literary Programme Offering of the Reichssender [Reich Broadcasting Station] Hamburg
- The Genre of Witnessing: Media, History and the Holocaust