Germany’s WDR Fernsehen debuts casual, cool set

WDR Fernsehen, a regional channel of Germany’s public broadcaster Westdeutscher Rundfunk based in Cologne, unveiled its new studio over the weekend.

The channel temporarily used the facilities foyer while the new set was being installed, which debuted Sunday evening during “Aktuelle Stunde” (the stations evening newscast).

Wrapped by a skyline view, the set design includes two large video walls and a very minimalist standing anchor desk created from faux concrete and a glossy red top. A matching desk is also present for roundtable interviews.

A matching desk is also present for roundtable interviews, matching the main desks style.


Faux concrete elements continue throughout the set and support one of the LED video walls, with angled concrete and subtle edge lighting behind the sets main video wall.


Overall, the gray design makes the set very cool in tone with an informal style. Using a robotic jib, many smooth pans are possible on-air, helping create multiple distinct spaces for different programs, such as “Westpol.”


Screen captures via sebbl on YouTube