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badish newspaper
description Subscription daily newspaper
publishing company Badischer Verlag GmbH & Co. KG
First edition 1946
Frequency of publication Monday to Saturday
Sold edition 128,605 copies
( IVW 2/2020, Mon-Sat)
Editor-in-chief Thomas Fricker
Web link
Article archive Archive (online from summer 2008; by research assignment from 1946)
House of the Badische Zeitung in Freiburg
Austin FX4 with advertising by the Badische Zeitung

The Badische Zeitung (short BZ ) is a company incorporated in 1946 and in Freiburg moved daily newspaper . There it is the only print medium of its kind. It is published by "Badischer Verlag", which employs around 490 people. The parent company of this publisher is Badisches Pressehaus GmbH & Co. KG. The BZ sees itself as an independent, non-partisan daily newspaper with a Christian attitude. The sold circulation is 128,605 copies, a decrease of 24.8 percent since 1998.


After the collapse of the Third Reich , employees of the publishing house and editors of the former Frankfurter Zeitung (FZ) tried to revive it. Since the American occupying power forbade this, because they considered the Frankfurter Zeitung to be too contaminated - in the sense of Nazi policy - there were various attempts to found a new newspaper to succeed the FZ. The former publishing director of the Frankfurter Zeitung, Wendelin Hecht , started a new company in Freiburg . Heinrich Rombach, the former editor of the Freiburger Tagespost , received a license from the French occupying power to found a new newspaper, the Freiburger Nachrichten . On January 9, 1946, a contract was signed between the publishing company H. Rombach & Co., Wendelin Hecht and the publishing bookstore Herder & Co. GmbH, represented by its managing director Josef Knecht , with the aim of founding the Badischer Verlag in Freiburg. This company was to continue the Freiburger Nachrichten as a national newspaper with a Christian basis under the name Badische Zeitung .

The first issue of the BZ appeared on February 1, 1946. It was created in the washroom of the burnt-out Herder publishing house because the Rombach printing house was the victim of a bomb attack. Initially, the BZ appeared twice a week with a length of six to eight pages at a retail price of 20 pfennigs. From May 1950 the BZ appeared four times, from September 1951 finally six times a week. In 1950, when the license requirement had long since been lifted and the Basic Law guaranteed freedom of the press , the Freiburg publishers Poppen & Ortmann joined the shareholders of the Badischer Verlag. They had published the Freiburger Zeitung (founded in 1784) until 1935 and, after forced sales to Vera Verlagsanstalt GmbH from Berlin, a subsidiary of the central publishing house of the NSDAP, the Franz-Eher-Verlag , printed it until 1943. In 1961 the company moved from the Herder building to the BZ's newly built press and publishing house on Basler Landstrasse (now Basler Strasse / Lörracher Strasse). In 1997 the companies Rombach and Poppen & Ortmann acquired the Herder publishing house's shares in Badischer Verlag. Both houses merged the publishing house, the subsidiaries associated with production (e.g. newspaper printing, online publishing) and other companies in the group (e.g. delivery) in 1998 in the Badisches Pressehaus holding company . They each held 50% of the shares until the end of 2019. Poppen & Ortmann KG has been the sole shareholder since 2020.

From 1998 to 2009 Ralf Dahrendorf was a consultant and author of the BZ. Since the beginning of 2004, the BZ has been offering free WMV videos on local events on its website . After investments of 25 million euros, the newspaper has been produced on the Cortina printing machine from the Würzburg-based manufacturer Koenig & Bauer since 2006 using waterless offset printing . The process, which was revolutionary for newspaper printing, was used for the first time in the world in Freiburg. The Badische Zeitung was named the world's best newspaper printer by IFRA in 2008 .

Since January 3, 2006, BZ has been operating an Internet information platform for local topics from the Freiburg area called fudder - News from Freiburg , via Online Verlag GmbH Freiburg , which was awarded the Grimme Online Award in June 2007 .

In December 2013, the Simon Wiesenthal Center selected a cartoon by Horst Haitzinger published in the Badische Zeitung among the top 10 anti-Semitic, anti-Israel abuse of 2013. The Badische Zeitung had already rejected the allegation of anti-Semitism a few days after its publication in November.


The Badische Zeitung , like most German newspapers continuously edition lost. The number of copies sold has fallen by an average of 1.3% per year over the past 10 years. Last year it decreased by 2.5%. In 2019 it was 128,605 copies. The share of subscriptions in the circulation sold was 85.7 percent.

Development of the number of copies sold

Distribution area

The circulation area of ​​the Badische Zeitung

The distribution area of ​​the BZ includes the city of Freiburg , the districts of Breisgau-Hochschwarzwald , Emmendingen , Lörrach and Waldshut , the southern part of the Ortenau district and part of the Schwarzwald-Baar district . The BZ's local editorial office, office and ticket service are located in the Freiburg BZ building in the city center.

There are a total of 8 branches and 12 different local editions in the distribution area, which are produced by 18 different local editorial offices. In addition, there is supra-regional reporting with the involvement of over 40 correspondents.

The local editions are:

  • Freiburg in Breisgau
  • Freiburg region
  • Southern Breisgau
  • Kaiserstuhl / Breisgau West
  • Emmendingen / Kaiserstuhl
  • Elz Valley
  • Markgräflerland
  • Upper Black Forest
  • Ortenau
  • Loerrach / Weil am Rhein
  • Rheinfelden / Wiesental
  • Bad Säckingen


  • Rupert Gießler , co-founder and editor-in-chief of the Freiburger Nachrichten; after it was absorbed by the Badische Zeitung (in February 1946) head of the features section and until his departure in 1963 editor in charge of press law
  • 1946 to 1965: Oskar Stark
  • 1965 to 1970: Hans Rösel
  • 1970 to 1995: Ansgar Fürst
  • 1995 to July 1, 1997: Peter Christ
  • 1997 to February 1998: Interim editor-in-chief of the three deputy editors-in-chief Rainer Hupe (spokesman), Stefan Hupka and Thomas Hauser
  • February 15, 1998 to the end of 2001: Jürgen Busche
  • Early 2002 to September 30, 2016: Thomas Hauser
  • since October 1, 2016: Thomas Fricker


The Poppen & Ortmann KG is on holding Badisches Pressehaus sole owner. 16.7% of the Badischer Verlag is held in trust for the shareholders by the editorial team, but is not entitled to profit.

public relation

Since 2004, the Badische Zeitung, in cooperation with the Freiburg University of Education, has regularly offered the reading promotion project “Newspaper in School” called ZiSch, for 4th grade primary school students. The ZiSch classes work with the Badische Zeitung in class for several weeks, an editor visits the classes and the students are invited to visit the Badische Zeitung printing center. On Saturdays, the students' articles are published on a ZiSch page in the Badische Zeitung. Every ZiSch student gets the newspaper delivered to the school from Monday to Friday and the BZ is delivered to their home on Saturday.

From around the mid-1990s onwards, the BZ organized the Freiburg Press Ball, originally organized by the Freiburg Press Social Fund, in the Freiburg Concert Hall. In the social area, there is the BZ Christmas wish campaign and the Children help children campaign . With the BZ Award , the Badische Zeitung honors advertising agencies and medium-sized companies that advertise particularly originally in print and online.

Together with partners, the Badische Zeitung organizes the “Job Motor” competition, in which companies that create new jobs are awarded.

The Badische Zeitung sponsors SC Freiburg , USC Eisvögel , the Zelt-Musik-Festival , the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra , the SWR Symphony Orchestra and the Freiburg Theater .

Ralf Dahrendorf Prize

After Ralf Dahrendorf's death, the publishers of the Badische Zeitung , Christian H. Hodeige (retired as publisher at the end of 2019) and Wolfgang Poppen , donated the Ralf Dahrendorf Prize , which has been awarded every two years to local journalists from print and online media since 2011 . The award is given to German-language articles or series "which explain in an exemplary manner how democracy works at the local level and how it develops". The award is made in three different ways: the first prize is endowed with 5000 euros, the second prize with 3000 euros and the third prize with 2000 euros. The award's patron is Christiane Dahrendorf, the social scientist's widow.

Real name compulsory

The online offshoot of the BZ, uses a since 2010 in the comments area real name constraint .

See also

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. according to IVW ( details on )
  2. ^ Peter Hoeres newspaper for Germany. The history of the FAZ. Benevento, Munich and Salzburg 2019, ISBN 978-3-7109-0080-8 , p. 19f.
  3. ^ Thomas Schnabel: Freiburg press battle at the beginning of the Third Reich (Part 1: 1986, Part 2: 1987) . In: Verlag Poppen & Ortmann (ed.): Freiburger Almanach (=  Freiburg Almanach ). tape 1986, 1987 . Poppen & Ortmann, ISSN  0429-6486 , p. 91-67 (1986), 63-67 (1987) .
  4. ^ Badische Zeitung: Poppen & Ortmann KG soon takes over Heinrich Rombach KG's share in the Badischer Pressehaus - About us - Badische Zeitung. Retrieved November 26, 2019 .
  5. Thomas Hauser: Fictional interview: Ukraine crisis, weakness of the EU: What would Dahrendorf say? In: April 30, 2014, accessed on April 3, 2015 ("Lord Ralf Dahrendorf would have turned 85 on May 1. We honor him with a fictional interview - the answers are not invented, but come from his editorials for the BZ. ").
  6. ^ "Badische Zeitung" is "the best newspaper printer in the world". Report on the website of the “ Bundesverband Deutscher Zeitungsverleger e. V. ", April 29, 2008, accessed March 5, 2012.
  7. Markus Hofmann: fudder is looking for young journalists from Freiburg! In: Online Verlag GmbH Freiburg, February 27, 2015, accessed on September 28, 2016 .
  8. Laureate Grimme Online Award 2007. ( Memento of the original from July 8, 2007 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. In: , accessed on September 28, 2016. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  9. Dietrich Alexander: Iran's rulers headed the shameful list. In: Welt online , December 30, 2013, accessed September 28, 2016.
  10. Thomas Fricker: Controversial caricature: Not every criticism is anti-Semitism. In: November 15, 2013, accessed September 28, 2016.
  11. according to IVW ( online )
  12. according to IVW , second quarter 2020, Mon-Sat ( details and quarterly comparison on )
  13. according to IVW , fourth quarter in each case ( details on )
  14. Irmgard and Ursula Giessler (spelling sic!). In: Retrieved October 27, 2011 .
  15. Bernd Bothe: Righteous Among the Nations - Father Dr. Heinrich Middendorf. In: Retrieved on October 27, 2011 (see sections “Irmgard and Ursula Giessler” and “Result”).
  16. Honorary Citizen. Jerk-out-of-the-air . In: Der Spiegel . No. 14 , 1959 ( online - Apr. 1, 1959 ).
  17. See Ernst Wolfgang Becker (Ed.): Theodor Heuss. Educators for Democracy: Letters 1945–1949. de Gruyter, Berlin / Boston, Mass. 2007, ISBN 978-3-598-25125-2 , p. 595.
  18. Peter Christ leaves "Badische Zeitung". In: June 26, 1997, accessed October 27, 2011 .
  19. Rainer Hupe on "The Week". In: April 8, 1998, accessed October 27, 2011 .
  20. Busche replaces the management trio of the “Badische Zeitung” . In: horizon . May 5, 1998. Retrieved October 27, 2011.
  21. About us: Change at BZ: Thomas Fricker becomes the new editor-in-chief of the Badische Zeitung. In: Badische Zeitung. Retrieved September 30, 2016 .
  22. ^ Social fund of the Freiburg press In: , accessed on September 27, 2016.
  23. ^ Off for the press ball. New BZ concept replaces the press ball. ( Memento of the original from February 1, 2016 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. In: , March 4, 2015, p. 11 (PDF; 18.5 MB; p. 10), column 1 f. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  24. For information on the winners, see the website of the Ralf Dahrendorf Prize, accessed on September 28, 2016.
  25. Markus Hofmann: About us: New Netiquette on Comment under your real name! In: February 24, 2010. Retrieved August 26, 2017 .

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