Berliner Zeitung

The Berliner Zeitung (German: [bɛʁˈliːnɐ ˈtsaɪtʊŋ], Berlin Newspaper) is a daily newspaper based in Berlin, Germany. It was founded in East Germany in 1945 and continued publication after reunification.

Berliner Zeitung
Berliner Zeitung front page
Sample front page
TypeDaily newspaper (except Sundays)
Owner(s)M. DuMont Schauberg
PublisherBerliner Verlag
Editor-in-chiefBrigitte Fehrle
Founded21 May 1945
HeadquartersBerlin, Germany
Circulation148,000 (2010)
Berliner Zeitung November 2013
Berliner Zeitung Headquarters

History and profile

Berliner Zeitung was first published on 21 May 1945 in East Berlin.[1] The paper, a center-left daily, is published by Berliner Verlag. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, the paper was bought by Gruner + Jahr and the British publisher Robert Maxwell. Gruner + Jahr later became sole owners and relaunched it in 1997 with a completely new design. A stated goal was to turn the Berliner Zeitung into "Germany's Washington Post". The daily says its journalists come "from east and west", and it styles itself as a "young, modern and dynamic" paper for the whole of Germany. It is the only East German paper to achieve national prominence since reunification.[2] In 2003, the Berliner was Berlin's largest subscription newspaper—the weekend edition sells approximately 207,800 copies, with a readership of 468,000. The current editor-in-chief is Brigitte Fehrle.

Gruner + Jahr decided to leave the newspaper business and sold the Berliner Zeitung in 2002 to the publishing group Georg von Holtzbrinck.[3] This sale was forbidden by the German authorities since Holtzbrinck already owned another major Berlin newspaper, Der Tagesspiegel. The Berliner Zeitung was then sold in the fall of 2005 for an estimated 150–180 million euros to the British company Mecom Group[4] and the American company Veronis Suhler Stevenson. The employees criticized this sale vehemently, fearing that journalistic quality could suffer as a result of excessive profit expectations by Mecom boss David Montgomery.

The Berliner Zeitung is the first German newspaper to fall under the control of foreign investors.[5] Andrew Marr, former editor of The Independent, which like the Berliner Zeitung was taken over by David Montgomery, said of the Berliner Zeitung that "[a]nyone who was working at The Independent in the mid to late Nineties will find all this wearisomely familiar. David's obsession at that time was removing as much traditional reporting as possible from the paper and turning it into a tabloid-style scandal sheet for yuppies."[6]

On 23 March 2009, it was announced that the Berliner Verlag would be sold by Mecom to the publisher M. DuMont Schauberg (MDS) in Cologne. The price is about 152 million Euro. Mecom was forced to sell its publishing interests in Germany as well as Norway because of heavy debts.[7]

List of editors-in-chief

Bundesarchiv Bild 183-15475-0013, Rudolf Herrnstadt (Zeichnung)
Portrait of Rudolf Herrnstadt (1952).


  • May – July 1945: Alexander Kirsanow
  • July 1945 – 1949: Rudolf Herrnstadt
  • 1962–1965: Joachim Herrmann
  • 1972–1989: Dieter Kerschek
  • 1989–1996: Hans Eggert
  • 1996–1998: Michael Maier
  • 1999–2001: Martin E. Süskind
  • 2002–2006: Uwe Vorkötter
  • 2006–2009: Josef Depenbrock
  • 2009–2012: Uwe Vorkötter
  • 2012–present: Brigitte Fehrle


  1. ^ R. C. Raack (1995). Stalin's Drive to the West, 1938-1945: The Origins of the Cold War. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press. p. 122. Retrieved 14 October 2013. – via Questia (subscription required)
  2. ^ Wilder, Charly (27 June 2013). "Digitizing the GDR: East German Papers Offer Glimpse of History". Der Spiegel. Retrieved 4 October 2013.
  3. ^ "Annual report 2002" (PDF). Bertelsmann. Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 May 2015. Retrieved 3 May 2015.
  4. ^ Helen Pidd (24 June 2008). "Montgomery axes 30 journalists at German paper Berliner Zeitung". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 3 May 2015. Retrieved 3 May 2015.
  5. ^ Brooks (2005)
  6. ^ As quoted in a 2006 article The Independent (Elkins and Burrell 2006).
  7. ^ "Die Kölner können kommen". Berliner Zeitung (in German). 23 March 2009. Archived from the original on 10 February 2013. Retrieved 11 May 2009.


External links

1961 European Rowing Championships

The 1961 European Rowing Championships were rowing championships held on the Vltava (Moldau) in the Czechoslovakian capital Prague. The event for women was held from 18 to 20 August, and 9 countries competed with 32 boats. The event for men was held from 24 to 27 August, and 20 countries entered boats. Men competed in all seven Olympic boat classes (M1x, M2x, M2-, M2+, M4-, M4+, M8+), and just three countries entered boats in all classes: the hosts Czechoslovakia, the Soviet Union, and a combined German team. Women entered in five boat classes (W1x, W2x, W4x+, W4+, W8+). The regatta was held in five lanes, with rowers proceeding in the direction of the river's flow.

1963 European Rowing Championships (men)

The 1963 European Rowing Championships for men were rowing championships held on Lake Bagsværd near the Danish capital Copenhagen; the competition for women was held the following month in Moscow. The regatta in Copenhagen was held from 14 to 18 August.

1973 European Rowing Championships

The 1973 European Rowing Championships were rowing championships held at the regatta course on the Krylatskoye Rowing Canal in Moscow, Soviet Union. The competition was the first use of the venue. There were seven competitions for men and five for women. World Rowing Championships were held, up until 1974, at four-year intervals, and the European Rowing Championships were open to nations outside of Europe and had become to be regarded as quasi-world championships. From 1974 onwards, the world championships changed to an annual schedule, and the European Rowing Championships were discontinued. It was only in 2006 that FISA, the International Rowing Federation, decided to re-establish the European Rowing Championships, with the 2007 event the first regatta after the hiatus.Women competed in Moscow from 23 to 26 August. Their event overlapped with the 1973 Summer Universiade that was also held in the city. Twenty nations nominated women to the competition, but only 18 nations had their women compete with a total of 53 boats (W1x: 14 boats; W2x: 11 boats; W4x+: 10 boats; W4+: 10 boats; W8+: 8 boats). At the time, there was an expectation that rowing for women would be included in the 1976 Olympic programme, and it was expected that women would compete at the 1974 World Rowing Championships. For that reason, East Germany had decided to put forward younger rowers so that they would have become experienced by 1976. Women competed over a distance of 1000 metres.

Men competed from 29 August to 2 September, and 29 countries representing 4 continents nominated 109 boats. Men competed over a distance of 2000 metres.

B.Z. (newspaper)

B.Z. is a German tabloid newspaper, published in Berlin by Ullstein-Verlag, a subsidiary of Axel Springer AG. As of 2010, it has a circulation of around 200,000.B.Z. is not to be confused with the Berliner Zeitung, which has been published since 1945 and is often also informally known as B.Z. in the former East Germany, or with the evening tabloid formerly known as BZ am Abend, now the Berliner Kurier.

Berlin Biennale

The Berlin Biennale (full name: Berlin Biennale für zeitgenössische Kunst, Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art) is a contemporary art exhibition, which has been held at various locations in Berlin, Germany, every two to three years since 1998. The curator or curators choose the artists who will participate. After the event became established, annual themes were introduced. The Biennale is now underwritten by the German government through the Kulturstiftung des Bundes (Federal Culture Foundation), and is the second most important contemporary arts event in the country, after documenta. The Berlin Biennale was co-founded on 26 March 1996 by Klaus Biesenbach and a group of collectors as well as patrons of art. Biesenbach is also the founding director of KW Institute for Contemporary Art and currently serves as Director of MoMA PS1 and Chief Curator at Large at MoMA.

Berline (airline)

Berline (short form of Berlin-Brandenburgisches Luftfahrtunternehmen GmbH) was a German airline that operated chartered cargo and holiday flights out of its base at Berlin Schönefeld Airport. It had approximately 90 employees.


Berliner is most often used to designate a citizen of Berlin, Germany, but may also refer to:

The Berliner (film), a 1948 German motion picture directed by Robert A. Stemmle

Berliner (doughnut), a pastry

Berliner (format), a paper size in newspapers

Berliner (surname)

Berliner (train), the CityNightLine line on the Zürich-Berlin Ostbahnhof route

Ich bin ein Berliner, a famous speech by John F. Kennedy

Berliner Gramophone, a record label

Berliner Aircraft Company, now Berliner-Joyce Aircraft

Berliner Lake, a lake in Minnesota

Berliner Zeitung, a newspaper

Berliner Motor Corporation, a defunct US motorcycle distributor of the 1950s through 1980s

Berliner Kurier

The Berliner Kurier is a regional, daily tabloid published by the Berliner Verlag GmbH for the Berlin metropolitan area in Germany. The paper is owned by M. DuMont Schauberg. The company also owns the following newspapers: Berliner Zeitung, Hamburger Morgenpost, Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger, Express, Kölnische Rundschau and Mitteldeutsche Zeitung.In January 2015, following the Charlie Hebdo shooting in which the staff of a French satirical magazine were attacked after previously drawing the Islamic prophet Muhammad, the front page of the Berliner Kurier was a cartoon of Muhammad reading Charlie Hebdo in a bath of blood.During the first quarter of 2010 Berliner Kurier had a circulation of 120,353 copies.

Bürgerrechtsbewegung Solidarität

Bürgerrechtsbewegung Solidarität (BüSo), or the Civil Rights Movement Solidarity, is a German political party founded by Helga Zepp-LaRouche, wife of U.S. political activist Lyndon LaRouche.

The BüSo is part of the worldwide LaRouche movement which, according to the Berliner Zeitung, operates in Germany as the Schiller Institute, the LaRouche Youth Movement, and the BüSo. The newspaper wrote in 2007 that the movement had around 300 followers in Germany at that time.The BüSo is the third in a series of small parties founded in Germany by the movement. The earlier two, now defunct, were the Europäische Arbeiterpartei (the European Labor Party), which was active in the 1970s and early 1980s and still exists in some Scandinavian countries, and the Patrioten für Deutschland (Patriots for Germany), active during the mid 1980s to early 1990s.

Christof Kreuziger

Christof Kreuziger (born 29 November 1948) is a German rower. He won gold medals for East Germany at the 1973 European Rowing Championships and the 1974 World Rowing Championships in double scull, and at the 1975 World Rowing Championships in quad scull.

Claudia Noack

Claudia Noack (born 27 September 1961) is a German rower who competed for East Germany.

Noack grew up in East Berlin. As a 12-year old, she got a mention in the Berliner Zeitung for having kept an alleyway with steps in Altglienicke free of debris and weeds for years.Noack rowed for SC Berlin-Grünau. At the 1978 World Rowing Junior Championships in Belgrade, she competed with the junior women's eight and won gold.At the 1983 World Rowing Championships, she won a gold medal in the women's coxed four event.

Embassy of France, Berlin

The Embassy of France in Berlin is the diplomatic mission of the French Republic in Germany. Designed by Christian de Portzamparc and completed in 2002, it is at the same address, Pariser Platz 5, as the former embassy which was destroyed in World War II. Prior to German reunification, France had an embassy in the German Democratic Republic at a different address and an embassy in the Federal Republic in Bonn.

Jana Sorgers

Jana Sorgers (married name Jana Sorgers-Rau, born 4 August 1967) is a German rower who was a dominant sculler of her time, starting her career for the East German rowing team and continuing after the German reunification for the combined Germany for a few more years. Between 1986 and 1996, she won two Olympic gold medals, seven world championship titles, and nine national titles. Upon the conclusion of her successful career, she was awarded the Thomas Keller Medal by the International Rowing Federation (FISA) – the highest honour in rowing.

Marina Wilke

Marina Wilke (later Jährling, born 28 February 1958) is a German rowing cox who competed for East Germany in the 1976 and 1980 Summer Olympics.

Michael Mandiberg

Michael Mandiberg (born December 22, 1977) is an American artist, programmer, designer and educator.

Mandiberg's works have been exhibited at venues including the New Museum for Contemporary Art located in New York City, transmediale Festival in Berlin, Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe (ZKM) in Karlsruhe, Germany, and Ars Electronica Center located in Linz, Austria. Mandiberg's work has also been featured in books like Tribe and Jana’s New Media Art, Greene’s Internet Art, and Blais and Ippolito’s At the Edge of Art. Mandiberg has been written about by The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, the Berliner Zeitung, and Wired.


Rosenstolz (German pronunciation: [ˈʁoːzənʃtɔlts]) was a German pop duo from Berlin that was active between 1991 and 2012 and had chart hits in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The duo consisted of singer AnNa R. and musician Peter Plate, who occasionally provided vocals. Rosenstolz achieved major chart success after the nineties, with five studio albums going to No. 1 in the German albums chart. Although the duo split up to pursue separate music careers, they left open the possibility of a future reunion.

Rosenstolz's music was described by critics as containing elements of various genres, including pop and chanson. However, comparisons with schlager were strongly disputed by the duo, who defined themselves simply as a pop group. Rosenstolz's repertoire included ballads and quirky pop songs, though later years saw the duo eschewing their quirky side. Common themes in the songs written by Rosenstolz were sex, love and emotions.

Roswietha Zobelt

Roswietha Zobelt (née Reichel, born 24 November 1954) is a German rower who competed for East Germany in the 1976 Summer Olympics and in the 1980 Summer Olympics.

Stefan Weiße

Stefan Weiße (12 November 1953 – 11 November 2015) was a German rower. He was quad scull world champion for East Germany in 1975.

Volker Handloik

Volker Handloik (19 July 1961 – 11 November 2001) was a German freelance journalist and reporter. Born in Rostock, East Germany, he worked for the Hamburg-based Stern for 10 years and also did some correspondence for newspapers, journals, and magazines such as the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Süddeutsche Zeitung, taz, Berliner Zeitung, National Geographic, Stern, Focus, mare, Geo, Merian, and the Spiegel Reporter. Handloik, who spoke Russian and Spanish fluently often traveled to the former Soviet republics and to South America and had been working in northern Afghanistan since October 2001.

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