Analysis 1994-2016

25,016 examinations have taken place since 6 April, 1994 – the first day of examinations at the Freiwillige Selbstkontrolle Fernsehen (status as of 31.12.2016).

What was examined?

More than two-thirds (69 %) of the examined content was just TV material which had not yet been assessed according to aspects of youth protection before its airing:

Series9,34037 %
Documentaries and reality-TV formats4,14117 %
Erotic programmes2,47810 %
TV movies and previously unreleased versions of films (e.g. director’s cut versions)1,1695  %
Other material such as advertising and programme trailers313

1  %

Feature films and series made up 28 % of the examined content which already has an age rating for exploitation in the cinemas or on DVD. It is not unusual for these programmes to be adapted for airing on television, i.e. scenes of relevance for youth protection are removed in order to make a transmission time possible which is attractive for the audiences and advertisers.

The FSF doesn't undertake any more examinations of indexed films since films indexed by the Federal Department for Media Harmful to Young Persons (BpjM) were no longer allowed to be broadcast on television. 

Assessment 2008–2016

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 eight 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 1994-201625,016100 %
Decision as requested16,93968 %
Decision not as requested8,07732 %

Which broadcasting times were requested?

The evaluation of the requested transmission times between 1994 and 2016 (as of 31 December, 2016) shows that the FSF is predominantly dealing with programmes which are due to be broadcast in the daytime or prime-time schedules.