In respect of national issues, the German media authorities work on the basis of the Interstate Broadcasting Treaty and the Interstate Treaty for the protection of minors. On the basis of these treaties, they issue binding directives and statutes as well as guidelines and codes of conduct which they develop together with the national broadcasters in relation to specific issues. The European provisions, in particular the Audiovisual Media Services Directive, are transposed in the treaties and apply alongside. At the state level, a state media law is the legal framework for the respective media authority.
- Interstate Treaty on Broadcasting in Unified Germany, dating from 31st August 1991, last amended by the 19th Amendment to the Interstate Broadcasting Treaties of 1st October 2016 (Staatsvertrag über den Rundfunk im vereinten Deutschland - Rundfunkstaatsvertrag - RStV)
- Joint Directive of the German media authorities governing advertising, product placement, sponsorship and teleshopping on television (TV Advertising Directive) in the version of 18th September 2012 (Werberichtlinien Fernsehen 2012)
- Interstate Treaty on the Protection of Human Dignity and the Protection of Minors in Broadcasting and in Telemedia dating from 10th - 27th September 2002, in the version of the 11th Treaty for amending the Interstate Treaties with regard to broadcasting law (19th Interstate Broadcasting Treaty) in force since 1st October 2016
(Staatsvertrag über den Schutz der Menschenwürde und den Jugendschutz in Rundfunk und Telemedien (Jugendmedienschutz-Staatsvertrag - JMStV)