Kurt Falk

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Kurt Falk (born November 23, 1933 in Vienna ; † November 15, 2005 ) was an Austrian media entrepreneur. He was the owner and publisher of the largest Austrian weekly newspaper, The Whole Week .


After high school, Kurt Falk worked as an accountant and became chief financial officer at Persil . In 1959, as a confidante of Franz Olah, he co-founded the daily newspaper Neue Kronen Zeitung and played a key role in its economic success.

Falk is considered to be the inventor of the Sunday stalls , which are used all over Austria today. These are plastic bags attached to street lamps or traffic signs, from which the weekend editions of the daily newspaper can be taken. The withdrawal is associated with a payment obligation. With competitions in which a house can be won, Falk introduced another novelty in the Austrian media landscape.

When Falk tried to replace Hans Dichand as editor-in-chief in 1974, a dispute broke out - and as a result a final rift - between the two Krone partners. Falk then resigned from his position as managing director .

In 1978 he bought the toy company Matador , but gave it up again in 1987.

In 1985, Falk founded the weekly newspaper The Whole Week . It was not until 1987 that Dichand Falk was able to pay out from the Krone , the German WAZ Group took over his 50 percent stake for around 2.2 billion schillings . With this fortune, Falk founded the tabloid daily Alles in 1992 . In 2000, however, the print edition of the newspaper was discontinued despite the immense circulation; for several months everything was still published daily on the Internet.

A year later, Falk gave the whole week to his sons Samuel and Noah. In 2002 Kurt Falk started the Feinspitz cookery magazine , but the less successful magazine soon became part of the whole week .

Kurt Falk died on November 15, 2005 at the age of 72 from complications from cancer .

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