I had no idea where to post this question/some comments, but since I've watched a lot of videos and fallen in love with German TV presentation recently it can all go here.
I'm a bit obsessed with the German third channels. The idea that those areas can maintain a full schedule every day and do some really good stuff while contributing to ARD as well is pretty cool. And I'll wager the system's overall budget is less than the BBC's. Which leads to a question: How does this style of broadcasting go so well there, whereas here we don't really have regional channels covering larger areas? We went for the city-style option which was always going to fail here, or we have regional inserts on the national channels.
But like, this seems to me to be comparable to BBC North West or Granada running their own channel and I'm just fascinated by how that works there. The larger area makes it work, I guess? If you were broadcasting to all of Manchester, Cumbria, Lancashire etc, would that work? Or is this a case of a system that has just developed naturally in these countries and "emulating" just wouldn't work?
Also: How come the idea of having the presenters in the studio before the news and a clock etc come to be so prevalent there (and in other European countries) but we never went for it.
Lockdown does funny things to your brain and this is the result.
Germany is a federal nation with the third channels serving the federal states (Bundesländer) with news and information relevant to local viewers.
As a result of the Government structure, some issues relating to politics, health, education, infrastructure, even aspects of consumer law are done at a state level rather than national level, meaning these channels are best placed to report on them. Some states also have very distinct customs and culture as well as dialect that can not be fully reflected on a national channel.
In some ways, it may be better to compare them with the TV services in devolved administrations of the UK rather than the English regions.