ZDFZweites Deutsches Fernsehen (; ), usually shortened to ZDF (, stylized as 2DF), is a German public-service television broadcaster based in Mainz, Rhineland-Palatinate. It is run as an independent nonprofit institution, which was founded by all federal states of Germany (''Bundesländer''). ZDF is financed by television licence fees and advertising revenues.
The broadcaster is well known for its famous programmes ''heute'', a newscast established in 1963, and ''Wetten, dass..?'' an entertainment show that premiered in 1981, and ended in 2014. Thomas Bellut, ZDF's director general, was elected by the ZDF Television Council in 2011. Provided by Wikipedia