Hamburger Abendblatt

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Hamburger Abendblatt
description Hamburg daily newspaper
publishing company Newspaper Group Hamburg GmbH
First edition October 14, 1948
Frequency of publication Monday to Saturday
Sold edition 151,220 copies
( IVW 2/2020, Mon-Sat)
Range 0.50 million readers
( MA 2017 II )
Editor-in-chief Lars Haider
executive Director Claas Schmedtje
Web link
Article archive 1948 ff.
ISSN (print)

The Hamburger Abendblatt is a Hamburg daily newspaper of the Funke media group , which appears Monday to Saturday. The paid circulation is the Bergedorfer newspaper together 151,220 copies, down 51.1 percent since the 1998th

The editorial focus is on reports from Hamburg and the surrounding area. Regional supplements are produced for the Harburg district , the Pinneberg and Stormarn districts as well as the city of Norderstedt and the corresponding partial editions are also sold.

Abendblatt authors have won several journalist prizes , including the Theodor Wolff Prize ( Jan Haarmeyer , Barbara Hardinghaus, Miriam Opresnik , Özlem Topçu ), the Guardian Prize of the German daily press (Christian Denso, Marion Girke) and the German Reporter Prize (Volker ter Haseborg, Antje Windmann). In addition, the evening paper was several times with the German Local Journalist Award of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation awarded.

The column Die Woche im Rathaus (City Hall) appears every Saturday, analyzing and commenting on day-to-day business in Hamburg City Hall .


The brand of the “Sunday” newspaper published between 2006 and 2007
Entrance of the publishing house on the
Caffamacherreihe, which was used until 2015

Four Hamburg newspapers previously had the word "Abendblatt" in their title, including a Hamburger Abendblatt that was founded on May 2, 1820. Apart from the fact that they have the same name, they are in no way related to today's Abendblatt , which was founded by Axel Springer after the Second World War and was published by Springer Verlag for over sixty years .

On October 14, 1948, the first evening paper was published with a circulation of 60,000. Axel Springer had received a license for this from the Hamburg Senate under Mayor Max Brauer . The Abendblatt was thus the first daily newspaper in Germany to receive a “German” license and not be licensed by the Allied agencies. A quote from the Hamburg poet Gorch Fock, “To embrace the world with home in your heart” has been used as a motto since the company was founded. After six months, 170,000 copies were already being printed every day.

In the years 1948 to 1955 there was also a Sunday edition of the Hamburger Abendblatt , which was then handed over to the Bildzeitung and in 1956 became Bild am Sonntag . From October 2006 to February 2007 there was again a Sunday edition of the evening paper, which was to be seen as a defense against a Sunday edition of the Hamburger Morgenpost published from November 5, 2006 . Due to the lack of response, the Sunday edition was soon discontinued and officially declared a "market test".

Since 2009, regional content on the Abendblatt's website has been subject to a charge.

On October 26, 2012, Axel Springer AG announced that the editorial team of the Hamburger Abendblatt had formed an editorial community with those of the newspapers Die Welt and Berliner Morgenpost before the end of the year . The Hamburger Abendblatt then obtained its national content from Die Welt and created the local sections of Welt , Welt am Sonntag and Welt Kompakt .

On May 1, 2014, Axel Springer SE sold the Hamburger Abendblatt together with the Berliner Morgenpost and some magazine titles to the Funke media group. The Abendblatt continued to receive content from around the world until April 30, 2015, and since then it has received the national content from the Funke Zentralredaktion . In April 2015, the Hamburger Abendblatt moved from the Caffamacher series to the Große Burstah .


Since 2014, the circulation has been reported together with the Bergedorfer Zeitung , the last separate circulation report for which was 15,595 copies. The number of copies sold has fallen by an average of 4.7% per year since 2014. Last year the decrease was 7.4%. It is currently 151,220 copies. This puts the Hamburger Abendblatt ahead of the local competition from Bild Hamburg (134.451) and Hamburger Morgenpost (40.266). The share of subscriptions in the circulation sold is 74.5 percent.

Development of the number of copies sold
Development of the number of copies sold

Hamburger Abendblatt plus Bergedorfer Zeitung




More newspapers


  • Daniel A. Gossel: The Hamburg press after the Second World War. New beginning under British occupation. Hamburg 1993, ISBN 3-923356-53-6 .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Imprint. In: March 31, 2015, accessed July 15, 2017 .
  2. Including Bergedorfer Zeitung
  3. according to IVW , second quarter 2020, Mon-Sat ( details and quarterly comparison on )
  4. Georg Altrogge: World title and evening paper move together. In: . October 26, 2012, accessed July 15, 2017 .
  5. Uwe Mantel: Funke takes over Springer title on May 1st. In: . April 30, 2014, accessed May 24, 2015 .
  6. Jan Hauser: Funke sets up the central editorial office with Jörg Quoos. In: . January 27, 2015, accessed July 15, 2017 .
  7. The Hamburger Abendblatt “finally arrived”, April 8, 2015
  8. according to IVW ,
  9. according to IVW , second quarter 2020, Mon-Sat ( details and quarterly comparison on )
  10. according to IVW , second quarter 2020, ( details and quarterly comparison on )
  11. according to IVW , second quarter 2020, Mon-Sat / Sun ( details and quarterly comparison on )
  12. according to IVW , fourth quarter in each case ( details on )
  13. according to IVW , fourth quarter in each case ( details on )
  14. Dagmar Albrecht (Ed.): Today in Marienwerder. A district book about different people, historical sights, the environment and nature. Self-published, Hannover-Marienwerder 1992, p. 199
  15. Claus Strunz becomes managing director of TV and video productions at Axel Springer / Lars Haider is the new editor-in-chief at Hamburger Abendblatt. In: Press releases from Axel Springer SE . May 19, 2011. Retrieved July 15, 2017 .