Cologne city indicator

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Cologne city indicator
Logo KStA.svg
description Cologne daily newspaper
publishing company DuMont media group
First edition November 14, 1876
Frequency of publication Monday to Saturday
Sold edition 228,154 copies
( IVW 2/2020, Mon-Sat)
Range 0.86 million readers
( MA 2017 II )
Editor-in-chief Carsten Fiedler
Web link
Leverkusener Anzeiger, branch of the Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger

The Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger ( KStA ) is the daily newspaper with the highest circulation in the greater Cologne area . The regional paper, which appears on workdays, belongs to the DuMont media group . The former rival newspaper Kölnische Rundschau was taken over in 1999, but retained its own editorial team under the publisher Helmut Heinen . The collaboration with the Cologne Rundschau reported paid circulation currently amounts to 228,154 copies, a drop of 45.6 percent in 1999.

The Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger appears in the so-called Berlin format with a sheet size of 315 by 470 millimeters. It appears in five local editions for Cologne (Cologne-North, Cologne-East, Cologne-Porz, Cologne-South, Cologne-West); In addition, the following local editions appear for the Cologne area: Cologne-Land (Frechen, Pulheim, eastern part of the Rhein-Erft district); Rhein-Erft (Bergheim, Kerpen, western part of the Rhein-Erft district); Rhein-Erft (Erftstadt, Brühl, southern part of the Rhein-Erft district); Euskirchen; Euskirchener Land and Eifel (Schleiden); Rhein-Berg (Bergisch Gladbach); Rhein-Wupper (Leichlingen, Burscheid); the Leverkusener Anzeiger for Leverkusen, the Rhein-Sieg-Anzeiger for the (right bank of the Rhine) Rhein-Sieg-Kreis around Siegburg and the Oberbergische Anzeiger for the Oberbergische Kreis .

From October 1, 2004 to the end of 2006, the smaller, compact form, Direkt , in tabloid format was published Monday to Friday in addition to the classic Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger . This newspaper was aimed primarily at a younger target group and had a different focus than the mother paper. Since December 2010 there has been a separate edition for the iPad tablet computer , and since December 2011 also for those with the Android operating system .

Structure of the newspaper

The Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger usually has around 32 to 36 pages per week (except Saturdays / Sundays). The first book of the newspaper is the main part with politics, the opinion and the country / region pages, followed by the economic section with a panorama page, followed by sport, which is a book shared with the media and culture departments Splits.

The fourth part is the local news from Cologne, on Tuesdays and Thursdays the column “Across Cologne” follows, which reports on what is happening in the individual districts. The selection of topics in the local section is diverse and aimed at all target groups. On Thursdays the section “Junge Zeiten” appears, a single page by and for young adults. The fifth part contains the different local news from the individual areas, depending on the edition.

Since 2006, the Stadt-Anzeiger has also included the magazine in tabloid format with entertainment, assistance, cinema and television programs. It has 16 pages on weekdays and 32 pages in the weekend edition. On Thursdays there is a 16-page supplement with all regional event dates for the next seven days. Every Friday the Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger comes with the weekly magazine prisma , which contains the television program for the following week. The weekend edition of the Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger also has an extensive classifieds section. It begins with two editorial pages on the subject of "Auto / Motor".


First edition of the Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger with a title page full of classified ads (November 14, 1876)
The Stadt-Anzeiger as a local edition “No. 310 "of the Kölnische Zeitung with election calls for the Liberal Party (November 8, 1881)
Kölnische Zeitung - Stadt-Anzeiger Enthusiastic about Mussolini (May 11, 1936)

The Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger appeared for the first time with a circulation of 30,000 copies on November 14th, 1876 as a regional advertising supplement to the nationally published Kölnische Zeitung and was also delivered to Cologne households as a free direct mail. Strategically, this publication, initially only planned as an additional sheet, was a response to the success of a General-Anzeiger of the city of Cologne, founded the year before and consisting mainly of local advertisements, by the Aachen newspaper publisher Joseph La Ruelle , which, however, due to competitive pressure , ceased its publication in 1876 had to (this should not be confused with the Bonner General-Anzeiger, which was created much later ).

Towards the end of the Second World War, both newspapers had to cease publication; the Kölnische Zeitung disappeared forever.

In October 1949 the Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger appeared again. After tough competition it developed into the leading newspaper in the Cologne region by the end of the 1950s. Since 1960, Alfred Neven DuMont was the sole editor of the Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger . For reasons of tradition , the name of the Kölnische Zeitung has been a subtitle of the Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger since 1962 . In 1964, employees of the Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger were fined for a photo montage with the Shah Pahlavi for insulting a foreign head of state according to the “ Shah Paragraph ”.

The editor-in-chief of the paper is Carsten Fiedler , who replaced the retired Peter Pauls on January 1, 2017. His representative is Lutz closing time.

In March 2014, the newspaper announced that it would merge four local editorial offices with the Kölnische Rundschau for cost reasons. The editorial offices of the districts Rhein-Erft , Rhein-Berg , Rhein-Sieg and Euskirchen / Eifel are affected ; a total of thirty editorial posts are to be deleted. In addition, it is intended to outsource the remaining 67 local editors to a company without collective bargaining agreements. The cost savings of the restructuring are estimated at 4 million euros.

In autumn 2017 the Federal Cartel Office imposed a fine of 16 million euros on the DuMont media group. The reason was unauthorized sales and territorial agreements between the Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger and the Bonner General-Anzeiger in the years 2000 to 2016. To avoid mutual competition, the two newspapers had secretly divided their distribution areas in the Bonn area.

The Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger obtained its national content from April 2010 onwards from the DuMont editorial community and has obtained it from the editorial network Germany since October 2018 .

Known elements

Some elements of the Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger were published consistently over several decades and thus contributed significantly to the image of the newspaper. From 1954 to 2012 the newspaper printed Oskar, the friendly policeman, weekly . The somewhat plump police officer with a mustache and green uniform appeared for over 50 years in the form of a short picture story for children. The draftsman was Otto Schwalge (1921–2012).

By Horst Schubert (1922-2008) originated gloss "Colonius". Between 1960 and 2008 his everyday observations appeared almost 11,000 times in one-column sentence .

Editor-in-chief since 1989

Circulation and range

The circulation of the Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger has been reported together with the Kölnische Rundschau since 1999 . The two newspapers have lost a lot of circulation in recent years. The number of copies sold has fallen by an average of 3.6% per year over the past 10 years. Last year it decreased by 4.6%. It is currently 228,154 copies. The share of subscriptions in the circulation sold is 82.7 percent.

Development of the number of copies sold

1998 only Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger ; from 1999 Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger plus Kölnische Rundschau

Contrary to the trend in the German daily newspaper landscape, the KStA increased the daily reach of the newspaper by two percent in the first half of 2019, according to the daily newspaper (MA) media analysis .

Awards for journalists and editors (selection)


The iPad - App of the Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger was founded in October 2013 by the US market research firm McPheters & Company named one of the best nine newspaper apps in the world. This makes the KStA app the only German-language application on the winners list. Around 11,000 media apps worldwide were assessed for the ranking.


Guardian Award of the German daily press
2nd prize: Andreas Damm and Detlef Schmalenberg , journalists from the Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger, "brought to light relevant and previously unknown details about the collapse of the Cologne city archive"


Theodor Wolff Prize
Detlef Schmalenberg received the journalist award in the “Local” category for the contribution “The Billion Puzzle”, published in the Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger on December 31, 2009.


Guardian Award of the German daily press
1st prize for the editors of the Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger for "research on the Cologne waste incineration scandal"

Online television ""

Cologne's city director Guido Kahlen is interviewed by on the “Don't stick yourselves!” Initiative against “ wild sticking

The Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger launched its online television service as early as May 2006 . There, users can watch videos on current political, cultural, entertainment and sports events. In addition, the Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger used videos from the Dutch company "ZoomIn", which draws on material from the AP news agency . Films by the Reuters news agency now cover national topics. In November 2006, the newspaper expanded its online TV offering to include local features it produced itself and several video formats of its own. In 2008 the “Smarter” section was added. The videos produced by Oliver Steinebach deal with Cologne puzzles and peculiarities, some of which are submitted by viewers / users. “Schlauberger” was the first format that was also taken up by the printed local section.

From 2006 to 2015, Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger was involved in the online advertising portal .

A book for the city

Together with the Literaturhaus Köln , Stadt-Anzeiger has been organizing the A Book for the City campaign since 2003 to promote literature and the understanding of literature in Cologne and the region between the Eifel and Bergisches Land . The book selected by the initiators in spring / summer will be the subject of numerous events in autumn of the year.


  • Manfred Pohl: M. DuMont Schauberg. The struggle for the independence of the newspaper publisher under the Nazi dictatorship. Campus Verlag, Frankfurt am Main / New York 2009.

Web links

Commons : Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b with Kölnischer Rundschau
  2. according to IVW , second quarter 2020, Mon-Sat ( details and quarterly comparison on )
  3. The new Android edition. In: , accessed on January 7, 2011.
  4. Insulting a foreign head of state according to the "Shah Paragraph"
  5. Petra Pluwatsch: Farewell chief Peter Pauls: A Life in Journalism. In: Retrieved March 7, 2017 .
  6. "Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger" and "Rundschau" share local editorial offices. In: , March 18, 2014, accessed on March 24, 2014
  7. Cologne-Bonn cartel: DuMont has to pay 16 million euros for prohibited territorial agreements In: , September 4, 2018, accessed on September 16, 2018
  8. DuMont editorial group goes into operation on, April 26, 2010
  9. Madsack Mediengruppe and DuMont found Hauptstadtredaktion, May 23, 2018
  10. Beatrix Lampe: Clear words shaped his style . In: Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger , December 31, 2008; Obituary.
  11. according to IVW ( online )
  12. according to IVW , second quarter 2020, Mon-Sat ( details and quarterly comparison on )
  13. according to IVW , fourth quarter in each case ( details on )
  14. Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger from July 27, 2019: “Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger” increases reach , accessed on July 28, 2019
  15. Marco di Lenarda: Worldwide best list: High distinction for our iPad app. In: , October 5, 2013, accessed on October 6, 2013.
  16. a b Chronology of the Prize Winners ( Memento of the original from April 11, 2016 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  17. Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger (KStA)
  18. Award-winning text "The Billion Puzzle". ( Memento from July 10, 2011 in the Internet Archive )
  19. Digital classifieds business: markt.gruppe takes over Kalaydo completely, November 28, 2014