German broadcaster goes bust
Jörn Krieger

German regional broadcaster Antenne West has registered for insolvency at the district court in Trier. Lawyer Hans-Albrecht Brauer from Daun has been named as preliminary insolvency administrator.

The Trier-based commercial broadcaster operated TV and radio channels for the regions of Eifel, Saar, Mosel and Hunsrück in federal state Rheinland-Pfalz.

Satellite distribution of Antenne West's television channel on Astra (19.2° East) was terminated in September, with the reason given as the significant reduction in advertising bookings due to the financial crisis. "Local television is not at the top of the list of important advertising mediums during crisis times", said managing director Sven Herzog at the time.

All of Antenne West's channels, which had been available via cable networks, FM frequencies and on the website, have terminated transmissions. The broadcasting licences were returned to the local media authority and will be tendered again in February 2010.