The LfM

The Media Authority of North Rhine-Westphalia (LfM) is the supervisory institution for private broadcasters in NRW. As an institution incorporated under public law the LfM is an independent organisation that is not controlled by the State. Its activities are financed by a portion of the radio and television license fees levied in NRW. Established in 1987 as the Broadcasting Authority of North Rhine-Westphalia (LfR), the LfM is today one of 14 State Media Authorities in Germany. Its activities are regulated in the Media Law of North Rhine-Westphalia and include among others:

  • Guaranteeing freedom of expression and diversity
  • Issuing licences to private radio and television broadcasters
  • Promoting media literacy and community media
  • Promoting new technologies and digitalisation
  • Promoting diversity and participation in the field of local and regional journalism