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DR1 2017 logo.svg
Launched2 October 1951; 67 years ago (1951-10-02)[1]
Owned byDR
Picture format16:9 720p (HDTV)
Audience share24.7% (2016, [2][3])
SloganVi mødes på DR1! (Let's meet on DR1)
CountryKingdom of Denmark
Broadcast areaDanish Realm
HeadquartersDR Byen
Copenhagen, Denmark
Formerly calledStatsradiofonien TV (1951-1959),
Danmarks Radio TV (1959-1964),
DR TV (1964-1994),
DR TV1 (1994-1996)
Sister channel(s)DR2
DR Ramasjang
DR Ultra
Canal Digital-
Streaming media

DR1 (DR Et) is the flagship television channel of the Danish Broadcasting Corporation (DR). It became Denmark's first television station when it began broadcasting in 1951 – at first only for an hour a day three times a week.

Besides its own productions, the channel also broadcasts co-productions with other Nordic countries through Nordvision, as well as a significant amount of programmes from English-speaking countries like the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia, all in the original language with Danish subtitles. Its news programme is called TV Avisen.

Broadcasting hours[edit]

  • 1951–1966: 10 hours a week (5 programs)
  • 1966–1982: 14 hours a day (35 programs a week)
  • 1982–1995: 18 hours a day (50 programs a week)
  • 1995–2000: 21 hours a day (60 programs a week)
  • 2000-today: 24 hours a day

Technological advances[edit]

Colour TV[edit]

Colour television test broadcasts were started in March 1967, with the first large-scale colour broadcasting occurring for the 1968 Winter Olympics in Grenoble, France.[4] DR officially ended "test" transmissions of colour television on April 1, 1970, although it wasn't until 1978 that their last black-and-white television program (TV Avisen) switched to colour.[4]


On exactly 16 May 1983 at 14:00 CEST, DR launched its first teletext information service, which is still available on all DR channels.[5]

Widescreen TV[edit]

In 2004 DR announced future plans for a complete switch from a 4:3 screen ratio to 16:9 widescreen broadcasts. The switch took place in 2006 when DR moved its production facilities from TV-Byen to DR Byen in Copenhagen. The last of DR1's own productions to switch to widescreen was the daily news programme (TV Avisen) in November 2006.[6]

Digital TV[edit]

At midnight on November 1, 2009 the analogue broadcasts shut down nationwide and DR switched to digital broadcasting.[7][8]


In January 2012, DR1 switched from 576i SD to 720p HD broadcasting.[9]


In April 2014, DR launched its HbbTV service on DR1, enabling on-demand streaming of DR content directly on an internet-connected television.[10]

Logos and identities[edit]










Original Programming on DR1[edit]


News and society[edit]

  • TV Avisen
  • Magasinet Penge
  • Horisont
  • Bag om Borgen
  • Aftenshowet
  • Kontant
  • Rabatten


DR productions based on other formats[edit]

Children's entertainment[edit]

  • Disney Sjov (Disney Cartoons)
  • Barda
  • Morgenhår
  • Isas Stepz
  • Min Funky Familie
  • MGP
  • MGP Nordic (together with SVT, NRK and YLE)

Other DR productions[edit]

  • DR Kirken
  • Før Søndagen
  • Sporløs

Imported programming on DR1[edit]

As is the practice with most channels in Denmark, foreign TV programmes are shown in their original language but with Danish subtitles.


  1. ^ "DANMARKS RADIO 1925-". Danmarkshistorien. Aarhus Universitet. Retrieved 9 April 2017.
  2. ^ TNS Gallup TV-Meter
  3. ^ "Seertal 1. halvår". tvnyt.com. 4 July 2016. Retrieved 9 April 2017.
  4. ^ a b 40 år med farve-tv fra DR
  5. ^ "30 år på tekst-tv-tronen". DR. 14 May 2013. Retrieved 8 April 2017.
  6. ^ "Fra søndag vil DR sende 95 pct. i 16:9". tvnyt.com. 13 November 2006. Retrieved 9 April 2017.
  7. ^ "Video - Analogt sluk i Danmark okt. 2009". recordere.dk. Retrieved 16 January 2013.
  8. ^ "THE DANISH DVB-T NETWORK". Digi-tv. Retrieved 16 January 2013.
  9. ^ "DR1 (HD) – Værd at vide". digitalt.tv. 11 January 2012. Retrieved 9 April 2017.
  10. ^ "Ikke alle tv-udbydere klar til DR HbbTV - se om din er". FlatpanelsDK. 29 May 2014. Retrieved 9 April 2017.

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