Kiel news

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Kiel news
description Kiel daily newspaper
publishing company Kieler Zeitung Verlags- und Druckerei KG GmbH
First edition April 3, 1946
Frequency of publication daily Monday to Saturday
Sold edition 80,147 copies
( IVW 2/2020, Mon-Sat)
Range 0.282 million readers
(IVW, 3/2013, total coverage)
Editor-in-chief Christian Longardt
editor Kieler Zeitung Verlag und Druckerei KG-GmbH & Co.
executive Director Sven Fricke
Web link
former logo until the end of May 2015
Headquarters of the KN

The Kieler Nachrichten ( KN ) is the only daily newspaper that appears in the Schleswig-Holstein state capital, Kiel . It is published by Kieler Zeitung Verlags und Druckerei KG-GmbH & Co. Together with its regional editions ( Eckernförder Nachrichten, Holsteiner Zeitung, Kiel local, Ostholsteiner Zeitung, Segeberger Zeitung ) it has a sold circulation of 80,147 copies, a decrease of 50 percent since 1998.


The first CN issue first appeared on April 3, 1946 as the CDU - License newspaper . The newspaper later followed the tradition of the Kieler Zeitung, founded in 1864, and the Kieler Latest News , which had been founded in 1894.

Until February 2009, Axel Springer AG held 24.5 percent of the publishing company. Axel Springer AG sold its share to the Madsack publishing company in Hanover. The SPD has a 20.4 percent stake in the Madsack media group through its media holding Deutsche Druck- und Verlagsgesellschaft (DDVG; spelling: ddvg). However, Madsack integrated the KN into the group's own strategy of introducing paywalls for online offers for those regional newspapers that belong to the publishing group. As a result, a lot of content was hidden behind a paywall and corresponding online subscriptions were offered. According to Madsack, “exclusive” content should only be available to paying customers, although the editorial team has so far been given a free hand to assess whether a content is “exclusive”. An extensive relaunch of the newspaper and the website took place in June 2015. A metered paywall has been in place since then.
From January 2012 to September 2015 the editor-in-chief consisted of Klaus Kramer and Christian Longardt. Christian Longardt has been the sole editor-in-chief since the end of September 2015.


The Kieler Nachrichten has lost a lot of its circulation in recent years . The number of copies sold has fallen by an average of 2.5% per year over the past 10 years. Last year it decreased by 3.3%. It is currently 80,147 copies. The share of subscriptions in the circulation sold is 82.5 percent.

Development of the number of copies sold

Regional editions

output Edition source
Holstein newspaper 000000000010402.000000000010,402 IVW 2/2020
Ostholsteiner Zeitung 000000000017126.000000000017.126 IVW 2/2020
Segeberger Newspaper 000000000009751.00000000009,751 IVW 2/2020
Eckernförder news 000000000007063.00000000007,063 IVW 2/2020


Kiel news

Segeberger Newspaper

The Kieler Nachrichten offers various category-related free newsletters on the Internet .


In the Werner comic by Rötger Feldmann (alias Brösel), the Kieler Nachrichten is referred to as the “Kiel Night Watchman”.


  • Katharina Otzen: licensed press, old publishers and politics. Controversies about the "Kieler Nachrichten" in the years 1945–1952. (= Duisburg studies, vol. 2). Richarz, Sankt Augustin 1980

Web links

Commons : Kieler Nachrichten  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. according to IVW , second quarter 2020, Mon-Sat ( details and quarterly comparison on )
  2. Axel Springer sells holdings in regional newspapers to the Madsack publishing group ; Notice from Axel Springer AG dated February 4, 2009
  3. Robert Domes: The payment barrier goes down ; medium magazine for journalists , issue 4–5 / 2012; P. 32
  4. KN relaunch: In conversation with the editors-in-chief. In: June 1, 2015, accessed June 25, 2015 .
  5. KN get dual leadership. In: September 27, 2011, accessed October 27, 2015 .
  6. KN - reorganization of the chief editor. In: September 23, 2015, accessed October 27, 2015 .
  7. according to IVW ( online )
  8. according to IVW , second quarter 2020, Mon-Sat ( details and quarterly comparison on )
  9. according to IVW , fourth quarter in each case ( details on )

Coordinates: 54 ° 19 ′ 17 ″  N , 10 ° 8 ′ 3 ″  E