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VAUNET - German Association of Private Media

VAUNET is the umbrella organisation of audio and audiovisual media companies in Germany and the largest representative body of commercial broadcasting interests in Europe. Its 160 members enrich Germany's media landscape through diversity, creativity and innovation.

Press releases
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Media consumption in 2022: Level of audio and audiovisual media usage within media time budget in Germany rises to nearly 90%
Der Anteil der Audio- und audiovisuellen Mediennutzung am gesamten Medienzeitbudget der Nutzer:innen in Deutschland ist im zurückliegenden Jahr auf knapp 90 Prozent angestiegen. Im Durchschnitt konsumierten die Menschen im Jahr 2022 mit 9 Stunden und 43 Minuten täglich über eine halbe Stunde länger Audio- und audiovisuellen Medien als noch im Vorkr …
Study: Illegal TV Consumption Still Causes High Economic and Social Losses
Watching illegal live content on TV was still widespread in 2022 and has actually increased noticeably in recent years. TV piracy causes annual economic losses of €1.8 billion, while foregone taxes and social security contributions total €390 million. This is the conclusion of a VAUNET-study on TV piracy.
2022 revenue of audio and audiovisual media in Germany to top €15 billion for the first time
For this year, the total turnover of the audio and audiovisual media is expected to rise slightly by 2.5 per cent and exceed €15 billion for the first time. These are the key findings of the 2021 revenue statistics and the outlook for 2022 unveiled today in Berlin by VAUNET, the umbrella organization for commercial audiovisual media in Germany.

Commercial media reach an audience of millions with their offerings. As multi-channel providers and digital players, they have long ceased to be just television and radio in the traditional sense, but also offer a wide range of on-demand, social media and user-generated content, as well as many other attractive interactive services.

In order for the sector’s companies to fulfill their special responsibility for media and opinion diversity in Germany and Europe in the digital world, the regulatory, technological and economic framework conditions must fit. As a trade association, VAUNET supports companies in achieving these goals in pursuing dialog with politicians, supervisory bodies and market partners – both at the national and the European level.

VAUNET on EU level
Commercial media play an important part on digital markets, which these days are increasingly networked, often on a global scale. The stage is often set by the implementation of EU directives and other pertinent regulations. At a European level, too, a level playing field is essential for fair competition. VAUNET positions

VAUNET Profile

  • Europe’s largest association representing the interests of commercial broadcasters
  • Umbrella organization with no commercial interests
  • Almost 160 members from the audio and audiovisual media sector:
    • offer many hundreds of audio and audiovisual media services – from radio programs, web channels and audio-on-demand to free TV, pay TV, teleshopping or video-on-demand (VoD) and interactive services
    • stand for high social relevance with their information and entertainment offerings and are important partners in the fight against disinformation and hate speech
    • as part of the audiovisual media industry, they are one of the largest and fastest-growing sectors of the German economy
    • offer exciting job opportunities in a wide range of professions, such as reporter and editor, data engineer, SEO specialist, legal counsel, developer and controller, product manager or marketing specialist.
  • Co-initiator of Voluntary Self-Regulation of Television (FSF), founding member of Voluntary Self-Regulation of Multimedia (FSM), Association of European Radios (AER) and Allianz „Koalition Kultur- und Kreativwirtschaft“ (k3d) as well as founding shareholder of the central technical service provider for online measurement, INFOnline
  • Member of the Central Association of the German Advertising Industry (ZAW) and the German TV Platform, as well as associate member of Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM)


  • 1990 Merger of the two founding associations to form the Association of Private Broadcasting and Telecommunications (VPRT)
  • 2006 Change of name to Verband Privater Rundfunk und Telemedien e. V. (VPRT)
  • 2018 Renamed VAUNET – Association of Private Media: The name VAUNET is derived from the initial letters of „video“ and „audio“, which form the cornerstones of the association, and from the term „network“.
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Termine und Veranstaltungen
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29. März
Wie können Medien im Zuge des zunehmenden Konsums von Inhalten über soziale Medien sichergestellt werden? D ...
29. März VAU+
VAUNET-Workshop: Künstliche Intelligenz in den Medien Im Workshop werden Anwendungsbeispiele, Best Practices und ein regulatorischer Überblick zu medienrechtlich ...
30. März VAU+
VAUNET-Arbeitskreis Pay-TV Die nächste Präsenzsitzung des AK Pay-TV findet am Donnerstag, den 30. März 2023 in München statt.
18. April VAU+
VAUNET Technik- und Innovationsforum Das Technik- und Innovationsforums (TIF) trifft sich am Dienstag, den 18. April 2023 von 10:30 bis späteste ...
19. April VAU+
VAUNET-Arbeitskreis Hörfunktechnik Die nächste Sitzung findet von 14:00 bis ca. 16:00 Uhr als Webmeeting statt.
19. April VAU+
VAUNET-Arbeitskreis Online-Messung Der nächste VAUNET-Arbeitskreis Online-Messung findet am 1. März 2023 on 11:00 bis 12:00 Uhr statt.
26. April
Radio Advertising Summit 2023 Zum zehnten Mal dreht sich auf dem Radio Advertising Summit 2023 alles um die Audiowelt und ihre kommunikat ...
03. Mai
SAVE THE DATE: Medientage Mitteldeutschland Die Medientage Mitteldeutschland finden im nächsten Jahr am 3. und 4. Mai in Leipzig statt.
04. Mai VAU+
VAUNET-Arbeitskreis Addressable TV Der nächste VAUNET-Arbeitskreis Addressable TV findet am 4. Mai 2023 von 10:00 bis 13:00 Uhr statt.
12. Mai VAU+
VAUNET-Vorstand Die nächste Sitzung des VAUNET-Vorstands findet am 14. Dezember 2021 statt.
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