rbb Fernsehen is a German free-to-air television channel owned and operated by Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (rbb) and serving Berlin and Brandenburg. It is one of the seven regional "third programmes" that are offered within the federal ARD network.
On 1 May 2003, ORB-Fernsehen was renamed to RBB Brandenburg and SFB1 to RBB Berlin. However, until 28 February 2004, two different programs continued to be broadcast. On 10 November 2003, the joint broadcasts rbb um 6 and zibb – zuhause in Berlin und Brandenburg started. On February 29, 2004, the merger of both stations to rbb Fernsehen took place. In the summer of 2004, the program Im Palais went on the air and from September 23, 2004 Kurt Krömer started his own show. On January 23, 2007, polar bear Knut made his first appearance in a contribution to the Berliner Abendschau, which later triggered a Knut cult. From then on the rbb produced several documentaries about the polar bear for rbb Fernsehen and Das Erste. On 5 September 2009 rbb Fernsehen and Arte broadcast the 24-hour documentary about Berlin in real time 24h Berlin. This was shot exactly one year before by 80 shooting teams in HD quality. Until November 2009, Michael Kessler drove through Berlin with the in October 2006 started Berliner Nacht-Taxe.
At the end of 2009, the rbb announced the cessation of the cinema magazine Filmvorführer and the environmental and science program Ozon [de] which was already aired at Deutscher Fernsehfunk since November 1989. Ozon should be divided into the two formats "Ozon – Die Reportage" and "Ozon – Der Film", which should deal in 30 minutes only with a theme of science and environmental protection. The programs projectionist was set at the end of 2009. After protests against the cessation of Ozon the program has been continued since May 2010 as a monothematic report unter the OZON unterwegs label. Since May 10, 2010 Brandenburg aktuell is broadcast with a new design and a newly designed studio. As of August 23, 2010, a new series with Michael Kessler (Kesslers Expedition) was started.