Viewers of public service programs are looking straight into the tube: ARD and ZDF broadcast old canned material this morning rather than fresh news.

Where ZDF’s morning magazine is supposed to be running, an old report appears on the screen. What is going on there?

The answer: hit the morning magazine!

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ZDF tweeted the following message on Tuesday morning: “Our morning magazine is currently on strike and must be cancelled.”

Sabah magazine presenter Dinja Hajali tweeted at around 7 a.m.: “#Moma is canceled today – a warning shot. We will see each other again tomorrow.”

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ZDF TV’s treadmill now also alerts viewers to strike. According to a report by media syndicate VRFF, the strike has been ongoing since 3am tonight – and is expected to continue until around 10:30am.

It says: “As with ARD broadcasters lately, nothing is really moving in salary negotiations at ZDF. This is why VRFF-ZDF is on warning strike with the trade unions DJV and verdi!”

ARD, where MoMa plays on TV and in webcasts on Tuesday mornings, also shows an oldies program. There is a small note shown over and over again that reads: “Due to the strike, the morning magazine is not broadcasting live. You are watching a pre-recorded show.”

ZDF-Morgenmagazin is running in weekly rotation with MoMa from ARD. The three-and-a-half-hour program can usually be seen Monday through Friday from 5:30 am to 9:00 am on channels one and two.

ZDF viewers are currently watching this treadmill at home

Photo: ZDF

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