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Explore 30 years of ARTE

ARTE celebrates its 30th birthday
European culture at your fingertips

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ARTE, the European culture channel, springs from a French-German partnership based on the signature of an Interstate Treaty in 1990. It became a reality for French and German audiences when broadcasting began on 30 May 1992.

Today, still faithful to its values of quality, creativity and diversity, ARTE offers content in six languages on a large number of platforms.

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ARTE
supports

creation

ARTE is a cultural powerhouse, offering unique films, series, documentaries, concerts and magazine shows, news and analysis.
Always on the lookout for excellence, the channel supports creators from all horizons and encourages bold narratives and unusual perspectives.

Unique
and innovative formats –
some examples:

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Our history

Discover 30 years of history: from the start of a Franco-German friendship project to the creation of a European culture channel.

1990

The Interstate Treaty signed by France and Germany on 2 October 1990 lays the foundation for the future channel.

30 May 1992

Launch of ARTE in Strasbourg
The channel becomes a reality for German and French audiences with evening broadcasts.

1996

Broadcast of the first films in audiodescription and launch of the website.

2001

Introducing daytime broadcasting.

2002

Launch of ARTE Radio, a web radio and podcast pioneer, in France

2003

Inauguration of the new headquarters in the European district of Strasbourg on the border between France and Germany

2005

Digital television transmission 24/7 in HD, with all programmes in HD from 2008.

2007

Digital pioneer: Development of ARTE+7 catch-up service, production of the first web-documentary, "Gaza-Sderot, Life in Spite of Everything" in 2008.

2009

Launch of ARTE Live Web - now ARTE Concert – a web platform dedicated to the performing arts.

2010

ARTE on all screens: arrival of replay in 2010 on connected TVs and mobile devices. Livestream in 2012.

2015

ARTE in 6 languages
Resolutely European, ARTE has been offering programmes on its digital properties with subtitles in English and Spanish since 2015, Polish since 2016 and Italian since 2018.

2017

Development of new forms of narration for social media channels: "Été" for Instagram (2017), "FAQ" for Snapchat (2019), "Jour de Play" for Twitch (2021) and "Viens on danse" for TikTok (2021).

2019

Digital audiences soars to over 1 billion video views.

2022

On the road to the future: with a great diversity of content on air, on the arte.tv platform and on social media, accumulating an average of 150+ million video views per month.
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Focus on Europe

Over and above its original French-German DNA, ARTE has a European vision.
Thanks to partnerships established with numerous European channels, it transcends national viewpoints and presents all the rich diversity of European culture.

RTÉ
Ireland
RTBF
Belgium
ORF
Austria
ERT
Greece
YLE
Finland
Rai COM
Italy
Film Fund
Luxembourg
SSR SRG
Switzerland
ČT
Czech Republic

6 LANGUAGES TO CHOOSE FROM
To cater for a large and growing audience, a selection of ARTE's digital offer – many documentaries, concerts and films –, is subtitled in English, Spanish, Polish and Italian.

70 %
of Europeans can watch ARTE in their own language.
Several digital offerings with European partners further enrich the menu of content available across Europe, in six languages:

ArteKino

ArteKino introduces young auteur films as well as heritage films that have left their mark on European cinema.

ARTE Opera Season

** The ARTE Opera Season** presents the full spectrum of opera, live and subtitled, from some 20 opera houses across Europe.

The European Collection

The European Collection gives access to a joint selection of documentaries and reports on current affairs, politics and society from five European public channels.
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Assuming our

Responsibilities

As a public broadcaster dedicated to culture, ARTE has particular responsibilities to citizens. In both our programmes and our corporate culture we strive to be exemplary in terms of gender parity, diversity and social and environmental responsibility.

Accessibility
Sustainability
Equality

Accessibility

arte.tv platform interfaces and applications are largely accessible and many programmes are available with subtitles and audio-description.

Sustainable development

ARTE has an ambitious environmental policy. In 2016 the Strasbourg headquarters obtained ISO 50001 certification, a first for a television channel in France. Carbon audits are conducted in Strasbourg and at the French offices in Issy-les-Moulineaux. 100 % of electricity is sourced from renewable energies on both sites.

Gender equality

While gender equality has not yet been fully achieved in the media industry, ARTE implements an active policy to increase the presence of women in front of and behind the camera and in decision-making bodies.

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arte.tv/en