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Mosaïk: a cross-border television programme

Countries: Germany, France
Border(s): France-Germany,
SaarMoselle Eurodistrict,
European programme(s):
Interreg IIIA - Saarland-Moselle-Lorraine-Western Palatinate
- Culture
- Société civile

Lead partner: TV Cristal

A cooperation project between two regional television channels: TV Cristal (France) et Offener Kanal (Germany), resulting in the joint production and broadcasting of cross-border television reports, programmes and news bulletins.


Offener Kanal

Project goals

The "Mosaïk" project is an extension of the INTERREG II project called "Euroklick". 64 magazine programmes lasting an average of 20 minutes have been produced in two years. With an awareness of the role that this project has played in the context of bringing together both regions, and encouraged by the impact it has had on viewers, it has been proven that there is a need for an ongoing cross-border programme. By means of the new "Mosaïk" project, the two local television channels wish to bring the inhabitants closer together, and to strengthen the development of the area and exchanges among professionals in the media sector on both sides of the border. Both channels are interested in revealing the differences between the areas and in being inspired and enriched by professional exchanges. Professional objectives:

  • To bring together the operation of both television channels
  • To make their equipment compatible
  • To strengthen employee mobility
  • To take advantage of the material and intellectual resources of the neighbouring structure

Objectives linked to the area :

  • To reduce the cultural divides created by the border by familiarising people with their region through their everyday way of life.
  • To reduce linguistic gaps, to become familiar with the languages spoken by others
  • To promote regional tourism and cultural sites, to provide information about cultural events taking place on both sides of the border
  • To offer an area for expression to the economic sector
  • To stimulate reflection on the development of the cross-border area

Target group(s)

All those living on either side of the border who receive the television stations "TV Cristal" or "Offener Kanal" are affected: 473 000 households with cable television, which equates to nearly 1 420 000 potential viewers.

Project activities

During the three years of the project, the lead partners have made provision for five distinct actions:

  • The production of daily reports covering news items with cross-border implications. The subject matter is exchanged and broadcast in both countries. The production of these reports is mixed, with both channels taking full advantage of the other´s resources. 
  • The production of weekly programmes, which are hosted by a German presenter and his French counterpart. The presenters go out on location in search of members of the public in order to present news items and to familiarise people with the culture, language and heritage sites of the other country. These programmes, which take place one week in Germany and the next week in France, are not subtitled. Viewers can understand what is being said by both presenters taking turns to speak. 
  • The production of the weekly programme "Kafekraenzel" (meeting for a snack break) As the programme title suggests, the language spoken is the local dialect (the platt in France is a German dialect), which is understood on both sides of the border. Guests from both sides of the border meet for a snack to spend some light-hearted time in front of the camera. This programme, which mobilises sizeable technical resources (of the type of set associated with an outside broadcasting vehicle) lasts 50 minutes.
  • The production of a studio programme broadcast four times per year. This programme invites German and French guests to discuss issues concerning the development of the cross-border area. An interpreter intervenes to ensure that all of the viewers can understand what is being said.
  • The reciprocal broadcasting of the European programme "Eurinfos". "Eurinfos" is a weekly eight-minute report that is produced on the initiative of the European Commission, with the aim of presenting European parliamentary news.

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Project duration

01/2004 - 12/2006