Analysis 1994 – 2018

28,834 examinations have taken place since 6 April, 1994 – the first day of examinations at the Freiwillige Selbstkontrolle Fernsehen (status as of 31.12.2018).


What was examined?

Almost three-quarters (72 %) of the examined content was just TV material which had not yet been assessed according to aspects of youth protection before its airing:

Series10,44936 %
Documentaries and reality-TV formats5,47819 %
Erotic programmes2,5789 %
TV movies and previously unreleased versions of films (e.g. director’s cut versions)1,2064 %
Programme trailer and advertising4582 %


The FSF doesn't undertake any more examinations of indexed films since films indexed by the Federal Review Board for Media Harmful to Minors (Bundesprüfstelle für jugendgefährdende Medien: BPjM) were no longer allowed to be broadcast on television. 


Assessment 2010 – 2018

The proportion of series, exemption requests and FSK-12 ratings in the FSF's volume of work has been consistently high since the examinations began in April 1994. The development of the past nine years is shown in the following chart: 


What are the results?

On average, two thirds of the programmes are passed as requested; one third of the programmes are moved to a later time in the schedules, only approved for the requested transmission time after the removal of certain scenes, or even considered to be not fit for broadcasting.

Examined 1994 – 201828,834100 %
Decision as requested19,829  69 %
Decision not as requested  9,005  31 %


Which broadcasting times were requested?

The evaluation of the requested transmission times between 1994 and 2018 (as of 31 December, 2018) shows that the FSF is predominantly dealing with programmes which are due to be broadcast in the daytime or prime-time schedules.