The Broadcasting Board, the Administrative Board and the Director General are the governing bodies for DW according to the "Deutsche Welle Act."
The Broadcasting Board shall represent the interests of the general public, advise the Director General in general programming matters and supervise compliance with the basic principles of programs. The 17 members are elected, respectively appointed by the federal parliament, the Bundestag, by the Bundesrat and the federal government and by different social groups and organizations (churches, employer associations, leading union organizations).
The Administrative Board shall supervise the management duties of the Director General, excluding the preparation and planning of programs. The Board comprises seven members, one member elected or appointed by the German Bundestag and the Bundesrat, as well as one member by the federal government and four members by different social groups and organizations.
The Director-General, managing DW independently, is solely responsible for the preparation and planning of programs and for the operating of the corporation as a whole. He/She has to ensure that programs comply with statutory regulations. The Director-General is elected by the Broadcasting Board for a term of six years.