Braunschweiger Zeitung

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Braunschweiger Zeitung
Braunschweiger Zeitung Logo.svg
description German daily newspaper
publishing company BZV Medienhaus GmbH
First edition January 8, 1946
Frequency of publication Monday to Saturday
Sold edition 93,374 copies
( IVW 2/2020, Mon-Sat)
Editor-in-chief Armin Maus
executive Director Claas Schmedtje
Web link
ZDB 986756-9
The Braunschweiger Zeitung , edition of October 21, 2006

The Braunschweiger Zeitung is a regional daily newspaper that appears in Braunschweig and is also distributed under other titles in eastern Lower Saxony . It is being relocated to BZV Medienhaus GmbH, which was Braunschweiger Zeitungsverlag GmbH and Co. KG until February 1, 2013 and has belonged to the Funke Mediengruppe (then WAZ Group) since the end of January 2007 .

The Braunschweiger Zeitung appears Monday through Saturday mornings in the Berlin format and is the only local newspaper in Braunschweiger (see Ein- Zeitung -Kreis ). The sold circulation is 93,374 copies, a decrease of 43.3 percent since 1998.


Issue dated May 22, 1948. Under the title: Published under License No. 2 of the Military Government

On October 1, 1945, the Braunschweiger Neue Presse , "published by the British military government", was founded in the publishing house of the former Braunschweiger Landeszeitung . The editor-in-chief was Fritz Sänger , who later became the dpa editor-in-chief. The first edition - four pages of text without advertisements - appeared on October 12, 1945. The first edition of the Braunschweiger Zeitung was available on January 8, 1946. The publisher Hans Eckensberger received the necessary newspaper license on January 6, 1946 as the second publisher in the British occupation zone . Singer was taken over and was thus also the first editor-in-chief of the Braunschweiger Zeitung. He held this position until October 1, 1946, which was held after him by the Brunswick heraldist Arnold Rabbow.

BZV media house in downtown Braunschweig

In the beginning the Braunschweiger Zeitung appeared only twice a week due to the prevailing paper shortage, from November 1947 three times a week and since September 1949 daily. Until June 1981 the Braunschweiger Zeitung was printed on the hat filter in the city center of Braunschweig. Until October 2014, all departments including the new Braunschweiger were located in the press house at Hamburger Straße 277 in the north of Braunschweig; the former press building was converted into the Burgpassage shopping center . In the city center there was still a BZ branch at the Packhof until the end of 2014 (now in the BZV Medienhaus, Hintern Brüdern 23, on the ground floor), and the BZ concert box office in the Schloss-Arkaden . The new print shop on Hansestraße in the north of Braunschweig has been in operation since February 2013. The new BZV Medienhaus GmbH publishing building, which was moved into on October 20, 2014, was built on the property of the former “public library” between Langen Strasse and Hintern Brüdern in downtown Braunschweig, which was demolished at the end of 2010 . With the move to the city center, the demolition of the printing and canteen buildings as well as the glass connecting corridor began on Hamburger Strasse.

The Braunschweiger Zeitungsverlag has been part of the WAZ Group, today Funke Mediengruppe , since the end of January 2007 , after all the shareholders, mainly the Voigt family from Hamburg, had sold their shares. With the 25 percent of Norddeutsche Landesbank not yet transferred , the total purchase price is estimated at 210 million euros. In 2008 the newspaper received the " Local Journalist Prize " from the Konrad Adenauer Foundation .


Several newspapers published by the Limbach printing house are considered to be the forerunners of the Braunschweiger Zeitung : the Braunschweiger Reform (1867–?), Which was published twice a week , the Braunschweigische Landeszeitung (1880–1936) and the Braunschweiger Stadtanzeiger , which was published in 1886–1941 and renamed the Braunschweiger Allgemeine Anzeiger in 1906 has been.

More Braunschweig newspapers

Andreas Duncker published a weekly newspaper in Braunschweig as early as the 17th century. It existed under changing titles until 1785.

In 1745, Duke Karl I founded the Braunschweigische Werbung newspaper , which was renamed the Braunschweigische Staatszeitung in 1923 and, under political pressure, was transferred to the Braunschweigische Tageszeitung from 1931 to April 1945, the National Socialist newspaper .

From 1848–1866, the Deutsche Reichs-Zeitung of the publisher Eduard Vieweg appeared in Braunschweig, which was preceded by the German national newspaper from Braunschweig and Hanover from 1831 to 1840 .

The Braunschweiger Tageblatt was published from 1865–1897 .

In 1871 Wilhelm Bracke founded the Braunschweiger Volksfreund as an SPD body . The newspaper was banned by the National Socialists in 1933. In the same year, the Neue Arbeiter-Zeitung , which had been published since 1920, was also banned . After the end of the war in 1945, instead of the Braunschweiger Volksfreund, the Braunschweiger Presse appeared as the SPD-related daily newspaper for the state of Braunschweig . Editing, printing and publishing were located in the Braunschweiger Volksfreundhaus of the SPD, the so-called Red Castle . It was discontinued on June 30, 1972.


The Braunschweiger Zeitung has lost a lot of its circulation in recent years . The number of copies sold has fallen by an average of 3.4% per year over the past 10 years. Last year it decreased by 4.3%. It is currently 93,374 copies. The share of subscriptions in the circulation sold is 90.6 percent.

Development of the number of copies sold

Local editions of the Braunschweiger Zeitung

The Goslarsche newspaper in Goslar takes over the mantle of the Braunschweiger Zeitung , but produces its own local section and is a separate company that belongs to the publisher Krause media house.

Relatives newspapers

  • Resin courier
  • Neue Braunschweiger ( new Braunschweiger until 2016 ), Neue Helmstedter , Neue Wolfsburger
  • Echo for Sunday (Harz Kurier Verlag GmbH)
  • Harzer WochenSpiegel (Harz Kurier Verlag GmbH)


  • Location38, business magazine, “The decision-maker magazine for Region 38”, eleven times a year, circulation 10,000, target group: self-employed.

The title of this newspaper supplement refers to the postal code valid in and around Braunschweig .

Digital activities

The publisher is also increasingly involved in digital media. The most important activities are the eight news portals of the daily newspaper titles of the BZV Medienhaus such as u. a.,, or In July 2014, the BZV Medienhaus was one of the first publishers in Germany to introduce a hard paywall .

The e-paper edition of the daily newspaper has also been available as an app for Android and iOS since mid-December 2012 . At the same time, BZV Medienhaus GmbH was one of the first large regional newspaper publishers in Germany to introduce a metered freemium paywall for their news portals. Since then, users have been able to use 15 articles a month free of charge; Any further use was subject to a charge. On July 1, 2014, the BZV Medienhaus was one of the first publishers in Germany to introduce a hard paywall . The BZV is the first major publisher to take this step. Since then, the number of free articles has been limited to zero, with the exception of reader and party photo series as well as certain video contributions and agency news. For users, the publisher now offered daily, weekly and monthly passes. Subscribers to the print edition and the e-paper also had to pay to use the content. At the same time, the publisher introduced a mobile version of its pages. A reduced mobile version “mplus” was also introduced for subscribers, in which the first four current articles of each section were freely available. The "mplus" offer was terminated in autumn 2016. On July 1, 2017, the publisher changed the digital offers and now offers the TagesPass and the digital offer (also in combination with the printed daily newspaper).

The publisher's other digital activities also achieved a relevant reach in the 2010s. The portal is one of the leading party portals in the region, the portal is one of the top 20 advertising paper portals in Germany according to the magazine Horizont .

In addition, the BZV Medienhaus GmbH operates (real estate market portal), (car market portal), (job market portal), (classifieds portal), (couponing portal, was discontinued in January 2017), (digital supplement portal), and (both partner search portals), (industry and telephone directory portal), (student magazine portal ), (engagement portal), (ticketing portal),,,, and (business news).

According to IVW , the total reach of BZV Medienhaus GmbH's digital activities was around 0.93 million visits and over 3.5 million page impressions in May 2015. AGOF had a reach of 410,000 unique users (average per month from January 2014 to March 2015) out.

Since moving to the new publishing house in Braunschweig city center, BZV Medienhaus GmbH has been operating a NewsWall at its own building on the corner of Lange Straße and Güldenstraße , an LCD area of ​​over 22 m² that displays both the editorial content of the publisher's own portals and advertising space. In February 2017 , a 12 m² NewsWall was installed in the city center of Wolfsburg . Another NewsWall is available in Gifhorn.

Complaints to the press council

So far there has been one complaint, three disapprovals and a reference by the German Press Council against the Braunschweiger Zeitung.

In 2005 the newspaper was reprimanded because it had repeatedly spoken of a "reconstruction and a copy of the castle" in connection with the rebuilding of the Braunschweig Castle . In this context, there were also two disapprovals by the Press Council in 2004.

Another disapproval occurred in 2010 in connection with the expansion of the Braunschweig airport , when an article gave the impression that it came from the airport operating company.

For its reporting on the Braunschweig Christmas market in 2016, the BZ received a tip from the German Press Council in 2017 because the reporting had wrongly given the impression that the Christmas market was operated exclusively with natural electricity.


  • Britta Berg: Newspapers and magazines from Braunschweig including Helmstedt (until 1810) and Wolfenbüttel (until 1918) , in: Braunschweiger Werkstücke , publications from the city archive and the city library, series A, volume 40, the whole series volume 93, Braunschweig 1995, ISBN 3-930459-08-6
  • Fritz Singer: Hidden threads - memories and remarks of a journalist , Verlag neue Gesellschaft, 1st edition, Bonn 1978
  • Braunschweiger Zeitung, Special on the Aviso , Braunschweig 2009

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. according to IVW ( details on )
  2. New Braunschweig Wappenbuch. In: Newsclick - Braunschweiger Zeitung. Braunschweiger Zeitungsverlag, accessed on November 28, 2009 : “Dr. Arnold Rabbow, former editor-in-chief of our newspaper, [...] "
  3. ↑ City Chronicle Braunschweig - entries for the year 1972
  4. according to IVW ( online )
  5. according to IVW , second quarter 2020, Mon-Sat ( details and quarterly comparison on )
  6. according to IVW , fourth quarter in each case ( details on )
  7. Portrait on the publisher's website ( Memento from February 6, 2017 in the Internet Archive )
  8. ^ Braunschweiger Zeitung, Braunschweig, Germany: Braunschweiger Zeitung. Retrieved July 6, 2017 .
  9. BZV Medienhaus is further expanding its digital out-of-home commitment in Region 38 - the BZV NewsWall opens in Wolfsburg. Retrieved June 13, 2017 .
  10. German Press Council: ( Memento from October 31, 2014 in the Internet Archive ) Mixing advertising and editorial again in focus. Press Council announces hearing on number 7 in autumn, press release of March 4, 2005
  11. box. German Press Council, September 14, 2017, accessed on September 7, 2018 .