Göttinger Tageblatt

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Göttinger Tageblatt
Newspaper lettering
description Subscription daily newspaper
publishing company Göttinger Tageblatt GmbH & Co. KG
First edition 1889
Frequency of publication Monday to Saturday
Sold edition 22,430 copies
( IVW 2/2020, Mon-Sat)
Web link www.goettinger-tageblatt.de

The Göttinger Tageblatt (GT) is a local newspaper in the city and old district of Göttingen . It has been part of Madsack Verlag since 1973 . The sold circulation is 22,430 copies, a decrease of 43.2 percent since 1998.

The editor-in-chief was Uwe Graells from September 1, 2014 until his death in August 2020, who has held this position alone since October 1, 2014. His predecessor was Ilse Stein (2003-2014). In September 2014 both formed the editor-in-chief on an equal footing.

The publishing house with editorial and administration is located at Dransfelder Strasse 1, Groß Ellershausen district .


The Göttinger Tageblatt was founded in 1889 by Gustav Wurm. At that time the Göttinger Zeitung (GZ) , which had existed since 1864, was the highest-circulation and most widespread news paper in Göttingen and southern Hanover . However, the Göttinger Tageblatt quickly became a serious rival and was the most widely read newspaper in Göttingen before the turn of the century with a circulation of 8,000. It owed its rise, among other things, to its consistent partisanship for the Guelph Party, which is predominant in Göttingen . In this way, the Tageblatt became the newspaper with the highest circulation in its first business year and, by 1900, also the newspaper with the highest number of advertisements in southern Lower Saxony . From 1910 the GT and the GZ advertised for the readership's favor with increasingly frequent special supplements, such as the Göttinger Unterhaltungsblatt.

After the First World War , the newspaper, which was initially geared towards Germany, increasingly took over right-wing extremist positions that were hostile to the Republic or National Socialist. During the Weimar Republic, the Göttinger Tageblatt competed with the liberal Göttinger Zeitung , the social democratic Volksblatt and, from 1924, also with the Niedersächsische Morgenpost, which, unlike the already existing Göttingen newspapers, did not appear in the morning but in the early morning and seven years later , 1931, was taken over by the Göttinger Tageblatt . In 1932, the Hanoverian NS paper Niedersächsische Tageszeitung , which published the local supplement Göttinger Fanfare , was another competition.

In 1923 GT-Verlag printed not only the newspaper but also municipal emergency money. In the same year, under the influence of hyperinflation , the price of GTs briefly rose to an enormous level. The price for an issue on November 30, 1923, was 100 billion marks, while a day later the price fell again to 15 pfennigs.

Since the Tageblatt developed into one of the early promoters of National Socialist political ideas and this worldview initially met with little acceptance in Göttingen, the circulation of the newspaper initially decreased by more than half between 1919 and 1923. However, when the NSDAP became increasingly popular in Göttingen, the position of the Göttinger Tageblatt improved significantly.

Because of its ties to the National Socialist movement, the Göttinger Tageblatt acted as its great material and journalistic supporter. As early as the early 1920s, the GT was printing large amounts of party advertising for the NSDAP free of charge. In 1922 and 1923, the Göttinger Tageblatt was banned several times because of its right-wing extremist, anti-republic content. The newspaper greatly played down the acts of violence by the SA , polemicized against socialists and Marxists and published anti-Semitic hate speeches. The National Socialist press also benefited from the GT's support. The fanfare was actually a competitor of the Tageblatt, whose publisher was nevertheless one of the decisive promoters of the Nazi newspaper, as the GT was to boast about itself before the end of the Second World War .

With the seizure of power , the Göttinger Tageblatt should see its political goal achieved. It was celebrated just as enthusiastically by the newspaper as the first measures taken by the new government, including the book burnings . The Göttinger Tageblatt was not only able to survive the national socialists' harmonization of the press , it even benefited significantly from the national socialist press policy. The new regime significantly strengthened the position of GT Verlag. In 1933, the NSDAP eliminated social democratic competition , the Göttinger Volksblatt , in order to promote its own new paper, the Göttinger Nachrichten , with the expropriated newspaper company . But as early as 1935 the GT received - instead of the National Socialist Göttinger Nachrichten - the privilege of swallowing its competitor, the Göttinger Zeitung , which was economically and politically ruined under National Socialism . Thanks to its proximity to National Socialism, the circulation of the Tageblatt increased significantly during the Nazi era, even if the publisher claimed after the war that it had lost half of the circulation under National Socialism. Although the NSDAP tried briefly in 1933 to sideline the Göttinger Tageblatt , the very good connections that the publishing house had with the NSDAP guaranteed steady company growth. Only when total war was declared in the course of the German defeat of Stalingrad, which was perceived as the turn of the war, in 1943 and there were company closings due to the war , the GT was merged with the National Socialist Südhannoversche Zeitung in March 1943 , whereby the owners of the GT not only paid a regular purchase price for the Received the newspaper, but also the former social-democratic printing house.

As an independent newspaper, the Göttinger Tageblatt appeared again from October 1949. With this date, the competition between the local newspapers in the Göttingen / Northeim area intensified, which was fought out especially between the Göttinger Tageblatt and the Hanover Press ; it should have a decisive influence on the further development of the newspaper industry in the region. From September 1, 1949, the Hannoversche Presse changed its name and from then on operated under the title Göttinger Presse, which gave it a more local character. The first edition of the GT after 1945 initially only covered the city and a few surrounding communities; around 20,000 copies were printed daily in the print shop on Stumpfebiel or in Prinzenstrasse. After a few months the daily newspaper's radius widened; a district edition each appeared for the districts of Göttingen and Northeim , which also covered the edge of the Harz Mountains, and for the district of Uslar . From 1950 a separate edition appeared for the Duderstadt district and the Untereichsfeld with the Eichsfelder Tageblatt . In Bad Sachsa appearing Bad Sachsaer news for the area south resin were purchased in 1955, and soon the GT brought an issue for the resin out in Osterode was expelled. Since its re-publication, the Tageblatt has been able to continuously expand its position as the first newspaper in the district and city of Göttingen, after an initial circulation of 18,000 copies, subscriptions rose to 22,000 after three months. In the following years, the circulation increased again, in 1955 they were 32,000, 1960 35,000 and 1970 40,000 copies. The market share grew in the years from 1952 to 1970 from 60% to 80%, in the same period the share of the Göttingen press shrank from 32% to almost 20%.

Since July 1, 1973, the Göttinger Tageblatt has been cooperating with the Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung , from which it obtains the supraregional part ( coat ). After a kind of area consolidation with the competing Hessian / Lower Saxony General (HNA), the city and old district of Göttingen became monopoly areas of the Göttinger Tageblatt in early 1975 . After the reunification , the daily newspaper tried to expand into the Obereichsfeld (Northern Thuringia) with its own edition ( Das Obereichsfeld ) . However, this edition was discontinued in early 1993.

In 1976, production was relocated to the new printing house on Dransfelder Straße and the location in Prinzenstraße that had existed since the GT was founded was gradually abandoned. In the first construction phase, only the new rotation hall with roller storage, shipping and technology was initially put into operation. At the new location, a new high-pressure rotation from Koenig & Bauer AG of the "Koebau Courier" type went into operation. Editing and administration initially remained in the city center. In 1979 the editorial and administration building in front of the rotation hall was completed, and the publishing house on Prinzenstrasse was given up. In 1982 the printing house received a smaller offset rotary press from MAN- Roland for the production of advertising papers . Both machines were replaced in 1995 by an anilox offset press of the Colora type from Koenig & Bauer-Albert in a 4/2 configuration. At the same time, the shipping facilities were modernized and expanded.

The printing house on Dransfelder Strasse was closed on June 15, 2017. The Göttinger Tageblatt including its advertising papers has been printed in Rodenberg near Hanover since June 15, 2017 . This also changed the newspaper format from the smaller Berliner to the Rheinische.


The Göttinger Tageblatt has lost a lot of its circulation in recent years . The circulation sold has decreased by an average of 3.7% per year over the past 10 years. Last year it decreased by 4.8%. It currently amounts to 22,430 copies, 6022 of which are from the Eichsfelder Tageblatt . The share of subscriptions in the circulation sold is 93.3 percent.

Development of the number of copies sold

Cross media

In addition to the printed daily newspaper, the Göttinger Tageblatt also offers an e-paper. Image galleries and videos as well as a WhatsApp service are also part of the digital activities. Current topics such as fires or traffic accidents are shown in moving images as well as other reports. In addition, the Göttinger Tageblatt operates a regional wiki, the Wiki-Göttingen. It was launched in 2007 and is among the 20 largest urban wikis in the world. With a live ticker you can follow all the games of the BG 74 Göttingen live on your computer and see what's going on in the region on the GT webcam portal . The Göttinger Tageblatt has been running a website for children since the end of 2008 . Historical images are shown on the Göttinger Zeitreise portal operated by the Göttinger Tageblatt . In addition, the Sportbuzzer went online in 2013 , a sports portal of the Madsack Group that you can participate in. Göttinger and Eichsfelder Tageblatt, Sportbuzzer, Live Ticker and Göttinger Zeitreise are socially networked on their own Facebook pages.


Web links

Commons : Göttinger Tageblatt  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. according to IVW ( details on ivw.eu )
  2. Obituary in the Göttinger Tageblatt: Thinker, handlebar, friend: The Tageblatt mourns its boss Uwe Graells , August 15, 2020, last accessed: August 15, 2020.
  3. Ledder, Simon: Brown seeds. Press in the Weimar Republic . In: Stefan Matysiak (ed.): Of brown roots and great simplicity. South Lower Saxony media in the past and present. Norderstedt: BoD, 2014, ISBN 978-3-7347-3375-8 , pp. 17-73; here pp. 18–23; 62.
  4. Hans-Christian Winters: From the Welfenblatt to the modern local newspaper. 100 years of the Göttinger Tageblatt . In: Göttinger Jahresblätter . tape 12 , 1989, ISSN  0172-861X , p. 53 .
  5. Ledder, Presse in der Weimarer Republik, pp. 17-20.
  6. Ledder, Press in the Weimar Republic, p. 23.
  7. Empire and Republic in Göttingen, ed. by Ernst Böhme, Göttingen 2010; Ledder, Presse in der Weimarer Republik, pp. 42–44, 52f., 75.
  8. Ledder, Press in the Weimar Republic, pp. 62f.
  9. Ledder, Press in the Weimar Republic, p. 73.
  10. Empire and Republic in Göttingen, ed. by Ernst Böhme, Göttingen 2010; Ledder, Presse im Nationalozialismus, pp. 75–77.
  11. Ledder, Simon: Finally there. Press under National Socialism . In: Stefan Matysiak (ed.): Of brown roots and great simplicity. South Lower Saxony media in the past and present. Norderstedt: BoD, 2014, ISBN 978-3-7347-3375-8 , pp. 74-106; here p. 77f.
  12. Ledder, Press in National Socialism, p. 91ff.
  13. Ledder, Presse im Nationalozialismus, pp. 94f.
  14. Ledder, Press in National Socialism, p. 104.
  15. Ledder, Press in National Socialism, pp. 84ff.
  16. Ledder, Press in National Socialism, pp. 103f.
  17. Tageblatt printing house with 46 employees closes in summer . In: https://www.hna.de . March 30, 2017 ( hna.de [accessed August 18, 2017]).
  18. according to IVW ( online )
  19. according to IVW , second quarter 2020, Mon-Sat ( details and quarterly comparison on ivw.eu )
  20. according to IVW , second quarter 2020, Mon-Sat ( details and quarterly comparison on ivw.eu )
  21. according to IVW , fourth quarter in each case ( details on ivw.eu )