I've probably blogged this once or twice over the past five years, but it always gets updated to some degree.
Germans have five basic ways of getting their daily or occasional news.
The first is by newspapers. If you wanted to talk up one single national newspaper.....it's the Bild. Some Americans who've been around a while would laugh when Bild gets brought up....because it's pretty limited and orientated toward the working-class guy. It's rare that a story goes on for more than twelve lines. It is mostly dedicated toward entertainment, sports, murders, crime, national news to some degree, and international news to a marginal degree. If you wanted a paper that you could read in 20 minutes on the way to work onboard the train.....this does the job. Course, there won't be much meat to the story but maybe you just didn't want 200 lines of wasted news on BREXIT or some bridge that fell apart in Rome.
After Bild, there are probably forty regional papers that do a fairly good and substantial job of telling the local news and some national news.....with some European and US pieces included. In the Wiesbaden area, there is the Kurier. If you want the local crime stories or city council fights.....that's where you have to get your dose of local knowledge.
The second is by FM radio.....through mostly state-run stations. No one runs a twenty-four hour talk-show format. What you will get is five to seven minutes of local news, some traffic reports, and weather. It is worthless (by my humble opinion) except in the winter months when the weather and traffic business is pretty important.
The third is news magazines.....like Spiegel, Focus, and Stern. These are produced every week and still attract a fair number of Germans....particularly those who are educated and focused on knowledge.
The fourth is the internet. Some sites....like the Huff-Post is Germanized now and attract some folks. There is nothing like the Drudge Report in German.
The fifth is TV news. You have the state-run folks (ZDF, ARD, and regional networks) and the commercial news folks (N-TV and N-24, along with smaller news folks at RTL or SAT1).
Most Germans will get their daily dose of news from the 8:00PM nightly news at ARD. It's a fifteen minute episode, that ends with a minute of sports news and 90 seconds of weather.
Most of the state-run operations are packaged in some way.....magazine format, 60 Minutes-format, or longer news items. If you hear music in the background.....it's a gimmick news format that is supposed to make you laugh or cry (your choice). If the guy or gal you are watching.....seems to be telling strictly one side of the story, well, there is only one side in their mind.
If you ask most Germans about the value of the state-media tax (17.50 Euro a month) and the news value.....they usually laugh and say it's not worth it but they can't change things.
A quickly emerging situation that you would like twenty-four coverage on? Well....no, you can't have that in German. You'd best stick with CNN or BBC or RT. Even on the state-run networks.....they will move to the emergency that exists, do about 30 minutes of questions and answers.....show some video.....then promise an update in three hours. Even if a meteor were going to be announced to hit the Earth in four days.....state-run German TV would still only give you 30-to-40 minutes of coverage every couple of hours.
Are Germans missing out on the news? No. Lets be honest, that 10-line item in Bild's article probably tells you all you need. That weather report on the FM radio of 30 seconds is all the weather you really need. And the first eight minutes on the 8PM news episode is probably all you really need. You don't Germans all hyped up on immigration, meteors, terrorists or bank collapse sessions. If they were hyped up.....they'd want to fix it, and you just need a bunch of Germans thinking of solutions to problems. Things would then get resolved and you wouldn't have all this heavy dosage of news for Americans to get hyped up about.