Sophora Delivers the News for the ZDFheute-App and

Emerging news and video content are fail-safe, even during peak traffic times and high hit rates.

ZDF publishes the ZDFheute news portal using the Sophora content management system

Since the relaunch of ZDFheute and the ZDFheute app, fully responsive, redesigned versions of the portal and app have direct access to news videos. And of course, the new versions of the portal and app are now supported by Sophora.

Users can call up all content quickly and directly. The multichannel CMS is extremely fail-safe even during the highest video viewing periods as the content is played out on autonomous servers.

The ZDF is doubly reliant upon Sophora. Michael Bartsch, editorial manager of, reveals that the focal point of ZDF’s news offer is the ZDFheuteApp.

With the relaunch, we wanted to make ZDF news more accessible. The ZDFheute app is our most important channel. Fifty percent of ZDF’s usage happens on the app. Therefore, the app stood at the center of the relaunch.
— Michael Bartsch, ZDF
Since March 25, 2020, the ZDF news service has appeared online under the name ZDFheute and a new logo. The website and the app were redesigned for this purpose. The offer on Instagram and YouTube was also expanded. (..) Since September 2020 there have been live online exclusive live streams on current events and topics under the title ZDFheute. Source: Wikipedia (translated).

With the ZDF relaunch, the subshell CMS once again showed its high communication competence. The ZDF project manager Annette Koch, who led the editorial relaunch, emphasizes:

The team of ZDFheute can, with Sophora, publish in tri-media either videos and texts by app, on the web, or via teletext, all without any additional effort.
— Annette Koch, ZDF


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About ZDF

Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF), 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. ZDF is financed by television license fees and advertising revenues.