In 2010 the WDR staged a re-launch with the CMS Sophora of their popular website wdr.de to make it more use friendly and to increase readership.
The re-launch of www.wdr.de on August 10.2011 was the first step in the gradual conversion of the online offerings of the WDR to Sophora.
The new CMS offers the WDR a uniform and user-friendly basis to support a busy website. The switch to Sophora started with the WDR 2 website and was then followed by a staged rollout to the WDR’s other offerings. The technical processes progressed smoothly and were supervised along the way by subshell.
The technical standardization within the WDR is crucial for the development of our online content. Sophora is the basis for the harmonization of the entire WDR online presence, since it can integrate various digital formats, and is very user friendly.— Stefan Moll, WDR, Director of Online Programming
Westdeutscher Rundfunk Köln (WDR) is a German public-broadcasting institution based in the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, with its head office in Cologne. As well as contributing to the output of the national television channel Das Erste, WDR produces the regional television service WDR Fernsehen and six regional radio networks. In addition, WDR is a member of ARD and is its largest broadcaster and - in terms of the number of employees - the second largest broadcaster in Europe after the BBC.