Hamburger Rundschau

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Hamburger Rundschau

description regional German weekly newspaper
First edition April 1982
attitude 2000
Frequency of publication weekly
ISSN (print)

The Hamburger Rundschau (HR) was a regional German weekly newspaper for Hamburg and the surrounding area. It was launched in 1981/82 by an initiative for press diversity .


After initially four “zero numbers”, HR has been published every Thursday since April 1982. As a “liberal to leftist” newspaper and project, it claimed to be an alternative to the - in the opinion of the initiators - politically one-sided reporting by the leading daily newspapers in the Hanseatic city, namely the Springer press. An editorial team, initially consisting of eleven people (almost all with part-time contracts) headed by Klaus Schwidrowski, was responsible for the content . In 1983 Karsten Peters became the first official editor-in-chief after the initially pursued concept of working in largely “grassroots” structures had proven to be problematic.

The start-up capital - following the example of the Kieler Rundschau  - was raised by potential readers by subscribing to shares in the publishing house. The staff members later became co-owners. The cooperative model ended in 1990 with the sale to the former members of the Bundestag Matthias Ginsberg ( FDP ) and "Jo" Müller ( GAL ) after the start-up capital had been used up and the circulation had not been able to be permanently stabilized. In the 1980s, against the background of the anti-nuclear and peace movement , which was supported and supported, HR had achieved "circulations between 12,000 and 16,000 copies with committed reporting on social, environmental and cultural issues [...]."

Another ten years later, the Hamburger Rundschau had to stop its publication “due to unmanageable contaminated sites”. In the meantime, another publisher -  Hans Barlach  - and also the Berliner Tagesspiegel , the supplement to which HR was last published once a week, remained unsuccessful as “saviors”.

The HR editors were temporarily Eva Hubert and Petra Oelker , editor of JRPrüß , as well as several others.

Bärbel Mesche was the advertising manager from 1994 to 1997.

In addition to the Kieler Rundschau, there were also the Karlsruher Rundschau , the NaNa - Hannoversche Wochenschau and the Heidelberger Rundschau sister papers.


The regular or occasional (guest) authors at HR included a. Christine Ax , Michael Batz , Hans-Georg Behr , Goetz Buchholz , Martin Buchholz , Marco Carini , Thomas Ebermann , Klaus Geldmacher , Peter Grottian , Arie Goral-Sternheim , Hannes Heer , Walter Jens , Hans-Ulrich Klose , Werner Knobbe , Michael Koglin , Jo Leinen , Ewald Lienen , Peggy Parnass , Olaf Schroeder , Frank Suplie and Rainer Trampert .

Individual evidence

  1. " The slow death of an experiment ", in: Die Welt, March 13, 2000