"Worse than the no-news, was the anti-news. The students also had to watch 'Der Schwarze Kanal' (The Black Channel), with Karl-Eduard von Schnitzler."

Der Schwarze Kanal broadcast between 1960 and 1989. It took extracts from West German television and criticised them with a propagandist, Communist commentary. The notorious presenter, Karl-Eduard von Schnitzler was the face of the programme for its entire 29 year run. 

Stasiland delves deeper into the subject of Karl-Eduard von Schnitzler and Der Schwarze Kanal on page 121.