Berliner Morgenpost

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Berliner Morgenpost
description daily newspaper
language German
publishing company Berliner Morgenpost GmbH ( Germany )
Headquarters Berlin
First edition September 20, 1898
Frequency of publication Every day
Sold edition 52,503 copies
( IVW 2/2020, Mon-Sun)
Range 0.31 million readers
( MA 2020 I )
Editor-in-chief Christine Richter
executive Director Görge Timmer
Web link
Article archive May 2002 ff.
ZDB 749437-3

The Berliner Morgenpost is a daily newspaper from Berlin founded in 1898 . It appears daily and has been part of the Funke media group since 2014 . The sold circulation is 52,503 copies, a decrease of 70.9 percent since 1998.


Trial edition from September 19, 1898

Ullstein publishing house

The first edition appeared on September 20, 1898. Its founder and publisher was Leopold Ullstein , under whom the Berliner Morgenpost grew into one of the largest daily newspapers in Germany. In 1899 it already had around 160,000 subscribers.

While in the 1920s almost all newspapers practiced clearly recognizable opinion journalism , the editors of the Berliner Morgenpost were characterized by interpretative journalism until the end of the Weimar Republic , in which attention was paid to neutrality and political balance. During this time, the newspaper received an enormous number of readers and advertisers. There is evidence that thousands of subscribers switched , because of one-sided reporting and increasing politicization, in particular from the Berliner Volks-Zeitung , the Berliner Morgen-Zeitung and the Berliner Tageblatt zu Ullstein, making the Berliner Morgenpost the highest-circulation newspaper in developed during the Weimar Republic. Until recently, the editors at Ullstein Verlag practiced impartial journalism.

After the " seizure of power " by the National Socialists , Ullstein Verlag was gradually " Aryanized " in 1933 and renamed Deutscher Verlag in 1937 . Several Jewish employees were dismissed, driven into emigration or later deported to concentration camps, such as Paul Hildebrandt (1870–1948) and Elise Münzer (1869–1942). In 1939 the Berliner Morgen-Zeitung , in 1943 the Berliner Allgemeine Zeitung and in 1944 the Berliner Lokal-Anzeiger and the Berliner Volks-Zeitung were merged with the Berliner Morgenpost . The Berliner Morgenpost remained one of the highest-circulation newspapers during the Nazi era and was one of the few that appeared until the end of World War II . In 1944 it had a circulation of 582,300 on weekdays and 772,300 on Sundays.

After the war ended in 1945, all German newspapers were banned by the Allied Control Council . Newspapers without license remained to the award of press freedom forbidden 1949th In September 1952, Rudolf Ullstein , a son of the publisher's founder, founded the Berliner Morgenpost , which was published by the restored Ullstein Verlag .

Axel Springer Verlag

In the mid-1950s, the publisher got into a serious financial crisis. In 1956 Axel Springer acquired a 26% stake in Ullstein AG. The purchase went hand in hand with the agreement to increasingly use the printing and sales capacities of the Ullstein and Springer companies jointly. In 1959, Axel Springer acquired the majority of the shares.

In May 1959 the foundation stone for the new printing and publishing house was laid in the middle of the former Berlin newspaper district . Construction work began on August 13, 1961, under the eyes of GDR border soldiers behind the wall that was erected in the immediate vicinity . Months before the official inauguration of the Axel Springer high-rise in October 1966, the editorial staff of Berliner Morgenpost moved from the Tempelhof printing house to the new Axel Springer high-rise .

Advertising board for the Berliner Morgenpost in Berlin

With the takeover of Axel Springer, Berliner Morgenpost pursued a conservative and anti-communist direction from then on. In-house, Springer set four goals that all editors of his newspapers had to observe and pursue in their reporting:

  1. The restoration of German unity .
  2. The reconciliation between Jews and Germans.
  3. The rejection of any kind of political totalitarianism.
  4. Defending the free social market economy.

The Berliner Morgenpost was part of the Axel Springer Verlag portfolio for 55 years . In 2002 the editorial staff of Berliner Morgenpost was merged with the editorial staff of the world . In 2006, the joint editorial team was merged with the editorial staff of Welt am Sonntag and the online editorial offices of the three newspapers. In 2012, the Hamburger Abendblatt was also incorporated into the joint editorial team. In July 2013, the CEO of Axel Springer SE , Mathias Döpfner , announced the sale of the regional daily newspapers to the Funke media group because the group wanted to position itself for the digital future. In December 2013 the Berliner Morgenpost moved into its own premises on Kurfürstendamm .

Funke media group

On May 1, 2014, the Funke media group took over the newspaper. The Berliner Morgenpost continued to receive content from around the world until August 31, 2015, and since then has received the national content from the Funke Zentralredaktion .


The Berliner Morgenpost suffered considerable circulation losses in the 2010s . The circulation sold has decreased by an average of 6.7% per year over the past 10 years. It has decreased by 11% over the past year. It is currently 52,503 copies. The share of subscriptions in the circulation sold is 79.5 percent.

Development of the number of copies sold

Editor-in-chief since 1952

Advertising poster from 1901, designed by Edmund Edel
1952-1953 Wilhelm Schulze
1953-1959 Helmut Meyer-Dietrich
1960-1972 Heinz Köster
1973-1976 Walter Brückmann
1976-1988 Werner Marquardt
1978-1981 Wolfgang Kryszohn
1981-1987 Johannes Otto
1988-1996 Bruno Waltert
1996-1999 Peter Philipps
1999-2002 Herbert Wessels
2002 Wolfram Weimer
2003-2004 Jan-Eric Peters
2004-2018 Carsten Erdmann
since 2018 Christine Richter

See also


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Current Imprint
  2. a b New editor-in-chief for Berliner Morgenpost. In: Berliner Morgenpost. May 18, 2018, accessed August 7, 2018 .
  3. according to IVW ( details on )
  4. Enderlein: Ullstein Chronicle. 2011, p. 15.
  5. Karsten Schilling: The Destroyed Legacy: Portrait of Berlin Newspapers of the Weimar Republic. Diss. Norderstedt, 2011, pp. 197-205.
  6. Werner Faulstich : The culture of the 30s and 40s . Fink Wilhelm Verlag, 2009, p. 155 f.
  7. ^ Karl Schottenloher, Johannes Binkowski: Flyer and newspaper: From 1848 to the present. Klinkhardt & Biermann, 1985, p. 116 f.
  8. ^ Gerhard Fischer: 100 years of the Berliner Morgenpost . In: Berlin monthly magazine ( Luisenstädtischer Bildungsverein ) . Issue 9, 1998, ISSN  0944-5560 , p. 94-95 ( ).
  9. Institute for Comparative Media and Communication Research at the Austrian Academy of Sciences
  10. ^ David Oels: Archives for the history of the book industry . Volume 70.Walter de Gruyter, 2015, p. 158.
  11. Enderlein: Ullstein Chronik 2011, p. 343.
  12. Enderlein: Ullstein Chronik 2011, p. 346.
  13. 60 years of the Axel Springer House in Hamburg . ( Memento from November 4, 2012 in the Internet Archive ) Axel Springer AG
  14. Welt and Berliner Morgenpost merge . In: Die Welt , December 6, 2001
  15. The world starts online offensive . In: Die Welt , April 25, 2006
  16. Editorial team in Berlin and Hamburg . Welt Online , October 26, 2012
  17. Funke Mediengruppe takes over the Berliner Morgenpost ., July 25, 2013
  18. A new home on the Kudamm ., December 14, 2013
  19. Funke takes over Springer title on May 1st ., April 30, 2014
  20. Funke and Springer cooperate a little longer ., March 17, 2015
  21. according to IVW ( online )
  22. according to IVW , second quarter 2020, Mon-Sun ( details and quarterly comparison on )
  23. according to IVW , fourth quarter in each case ( details on )