De Telegraaf

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De Telegraaf
Newspaper lettering
description Dutch daily newspaper
language Dutch
publishing company Telegraaf Media Groep , Amsterdam
First edition January 1, 1893
Frequency of publication Every day
Sold edition 695,635 copies
( 2009 ( Memento from May 15, 2009 in the Internet Archive ))
Editor-in-chief Sjuul Paradijs
Web link
De Telegraaf building in Amsterdam

De Telegraaf is the Dutch newspaper with the highest circulation . The circulation sold in the first quarter of 2008 was 625,405 copies. De Telegraaf ("The Telegraph") is based in Amsterdam . A subsidiary of Telegraaf Media Groep , Basismedia BV , publishes the free daily newspaper Spits (“Clever”).

Content / orientation

De Telegraaf is the only national tabloid in the Netherlands and contains many “sensational reports” and a large sports section, making it similar to the German Bild newspaper . Compared to Bild , however, the newspaper is more moderate and, above all, more text-heavy. At least one page is from the gossip and trivial magazine Privé ("private"). The business section, on the other hand, is much more serious. Politically, the newspaper leans towards the populist right . At the time of the party's heyday, Lijst Pim Fortuyn , the newspaper commented on the views of the party's namesake, murdered in 2002.


De Telegraaf was founded in 1892 by Henry Tindal , who at the same time launched the newspaper De Courant ("The Gazette"). The first edition appeared on January 1, 1893. After Tindal died on January 31, 1902, the publisher Hak Holdert took over both newspapers, which he acquired on September 12, 1902, among other things with borrowed money. The success of De Courant in particular enabled Holdert to buy one daily newspaper after the other between 1903 and 1923 and to integrate them into De Courant or to close them down. From then on, he subtitled De Telegraaf with Amsterdamsche Courant (Amsterdamer Anzeiger) and De Courant received its title as a subheading after buying Het Nieuws van den Dag (“The News of the Day”).

Designed by architects JF Staal and GJ Langhout, a new publishing house and printing facility was built on Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal in Amsterdam between 1926 and 1930 . During World War I , Holdert sparked some controversy. In the officially 'neutral' Netherlands , he took a clear pro-English / French position in De Telegraaf .

More than two decades later, during the occupation of the Netherlands by German troops 1940–1945, De Telegraaf was controlled by the SS and finally taken over; 1944/45 he was under the editorial direction of the Dutch Nazis and SS member Willem Sassen , who in the late 1950s as an interviewer of the Holocaust -Organisators Adolf Eichmann was to achieve a wider public attention. Under the control of the National Socialists , the publishing house printed the Deutsche Zeitung in the Netherlands and the anti-Semitic propaganda paper De Misthoorn .

After the Second World War, the publishing house was imposed a 20-year (De Courant, Het Nieuws van den Dag) or 30-year (De Telegraaf) publication ban, which would certainly have meant the end of the newspaper if the ban had not been lifted again in 1949 would.

De Telegraaf, 5th August 2009

The circulation increased rapidly thereafter, in the early 1960s it became the highest circulation newspaper in the Netherlands and has remained so ever since. In June 1966, the publishing house was besieged by angry construction workers and members of the Provo movement . A worker was killed in a clash with the police during a strike. De Telegraaf, however, had reported that a colleague was to blame for his death. In 1974 the publishing house moved to its current premises on Basisweg . Since March 21, 2004 De Telegraaf has also appeared on Sundays. However, the Sunday edition had to be discontinued at the end of 2009 due to advertising losses.

Economic structure

The publishing house NV Holdingmaatschappij De Telegraaf is controlled by the Van Puijenbroek family from Goirle , who own around 30% of the shares. The family not only controls De Telegraaf and Spits , they also hold shares in the television station SBS6 , the regional newspaper publisher Wegener and the Dutch press agency ANP (approx. 28.4% since 2001).

The Hollandse Dagbladcombinatie or HDC Media , which the newspapers Noord Hollands Dagblad , Haarlem Dagblad , Leidsch Dagblad , IJmuider Courant and De Gooi- en Eemlander relocated, is a 100% subsidiary of Holdingmaatschappij De Telegraaf .

See also

Web links

Commons : De Telegraaf  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Het Oplage Instituut
  2. Netzeitung: No longer a Sunday newspaper for Dutch people ( memento of April 13, 2012 in the Internet Archive ) of October 9, 2009