Munich Mercury

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Munich Mercury
Münchner Merkur (2020-06-30) .svg
description Subscription daily newspaper
publishing company Munich newspaper publishing house GmbH & Co. KG
First edition November 13, 1946
Frequency of publication Monday to Saturday
Sold edition 170,355 copies
( IVW 2/2020, Mon-Sat)
Editor-in-chief Georg Anastasiadis
editor Dirk Ippen , Alfons Döser
Web link
ZDB 1262065-8
former logo

The Münchner Merkur is a Bavarian subscription newspaper based in Munich and belongs to the Münchner Merkur / tz media group of the Westphalian publisher Dirk Ippen . The sold circulation is 170,355 copies, a decrease of 17.8 percent since 1998. Together with the Upper Bavarian Volksblatt , which takes over the cover section , there are 226,248 copies. The basic political stance of the paper is conservative.


Merkur newspaper head up to the 1990s
Silent Salesman (1992)

In 1946, after the Süddeutsche Zeitung, Merkur was the second licensed newspaper in Munich . In 1968 the tabloid tz was launched as an offshoot .

The first edition of the newspaper, originally called Münchner Mittag , appeared on November 13, 1946 with a license from the military government in the American zone of occupation . One of the co-founders and editors as well as editor-in-chief from the very beginning was Felix Buttersack , who was a central figure in the Munich media landscape for decades.

Wolfgang Huck , the head of the family's publishing group as the heir of his father August Huck, reopened the Münchner Zeitungsverlag ( Münchner Zeitung ) printing plant after the end of the Second World War ; In 1953 his company merged with the publishing house of Münchner Merkur and took over the management of the company.

The main shareholder of the Münchner Zeitungsverlag was then, as was the case with the Münchner Zeitung before the war , the Huck family of publishers, represented after the death of Wolfgang Huck (January 22, 1967) by the publisher Andreas Huck with 50% of the shares, before co-editor Felix Buttersack with 37 .5% and co-editor Ludwig Vogl with 12.5%, so the status in 1974. The founder of the company, August Huck, had also founded the Württemberger Zeitung in 1905 . A remainder of this remains in the family, in the form of a share under the "other persons" in Südwestdeutsche Medien Holding (SWMH); Today (2016) a Sylvie Huck holds a small share of 0.52%.

In August 1976, the three shareholders of the publishing house agreed with the Springer Group to include it as a co-partner with a stake of 24.9%. Felix Buttersack sold this share from his 37.5% share, for which Buttersack took over 13.4% from the Huck family's holdings, and with around 26% of the capital still remained the second largest shareholder. After the transaction, Andreas Huck held 29.16%, Buttersack 26.4%, Springer 24.99%, Ludwig Vogl 12.5% ​​and Harald Huck 6.95%. This shift in shares did not bring in any new capital. The operation was prohibited by the Federal Cartel Office in 1982, so that Springer had to withdraw from the publishing house.

In 1982, the publisher Dirk Ippen took a stake in the Munich newspaper group with the newspapers Münchner Merkur and tz , which through its affiliated companies Westfälischer Anzeiger Verlagsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG (including Verlag des Westfälischer Anzeiger ) and F. Wolff & Sohn KG (including publishing house leash Deister-Zeitung ) and other investments box which now into individual publishers for the Münchner Merkur and tz split Munich newspaper group completely controlled. Ippen Digital GmbH & Co KG , the central editorial office for all websites of the Ippen newspaper group, has its headquarters at the same address as Münchner Merkur .

Since 1995, the Münchner Merkur has been organizing the Merkur Cup together with the Bavarian Football Association , which is the largest e-youth tournament in the world with around 450 participating teams from the newspaper's circulation area every year . The readers of the newspaper have been voting annually since 1996 about the award of the Merkur Theater Prize .



The Münchner Merkur , like most German newspapers in recent years to rest lost. The circulation sold has decreased by an average of 1.5% per year over the past 10 years. Last year it decreased by 2.1%. It is currently 170,355 copies. The share of subscriptions in the circulation sold is 86.5 percent.

Development of the number of copies sold


In the mid-2000s, the newspaper greatly increased the proportion of self-researched reports. Especially in the political field - for example in the Hohlmeier affair, the turbulence within the CSU in the course of the Pauli-Stoiber affair and the fall of Prime Minister Günther Beckstein - there were some investigative services by the editorial team.

The Münchner Merkur afforded by the acquisition by ribs, which was accompanied by a significant staff reduction, two correspondents in the capital. These journalists also worked for other papers in the Ippen newspaper group (e.g. Westfälischer Anzeiger ); the positions are currently vacant. The political reporting in Munich is also responsible for the national political reporting.

Under editor-in-chief Karl Schermann, the editorial team carried out a comprehensive relaunch of the paper in 2007 .

In 2016, the publisher Ippen decided to merge the local editorial team of Münchner Merkur with the local editorial team of tz . The decision was justified by the management as a reaction to the massive decline in inserts and advertisements, but was criticized by the Bavarian Journalists' Association , among others , because it resulted in a loss of journalistic plurality and journalistic diversity. In 2018, the next step followed to merge the two Ippen-Blätter with the establishment of a Merkur tz Redaktions GmbH and the merger of the sports editorial offices of Münchner Merkur and tz .

Local editions and publication area of ​​the Münchner Merkurs

Its main distribution area is Munich state capital, Rosenheim city and the districts of Bad Tölz-Wolfratshausen, Dachau, Ebersberg, Erding, Freising, Fürstenfeldbruck, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Miesbach, Munich, Rosenheim, Starnberg and Weilheim-Schongau (MA-2008). In line with the entrepreneurial strategy of the publisher Dirk Ippen , the editorial offices are strongly focused on local events. That is why the local editorial offices are more staffed, while the main departments of politics, sport and economics worked for a while mainly with texts from press agencies.

output Sold edition
Dachauer news 12,158
Ebersberger newspaper 10,439
Erdinger Anzeiger / Dorfener Anzeiger 14,606
Freisinger Tagblatt 11,478
Fürstenfeldbrucker Tagblatt 14,693
Garmisch-Partenkirchner Tagblatt / Murnauer Tagblatt 13,254
Isar-Loisachbote / Geretsrieder Merkur 7356
Tölzer courier 8819
Miesbacher Merkur / Holzkirchner Merkur / Tegernseer Zeitung 14,617
Starnberg Mercury 8976
Münchner Merkur - newspaper for the Würmtal
Münchner Merkur - southern district of Munich (except Würmtal)
Münchner Merkur - northern district of Munich
Weilheimer Tagblatt / Penzberger Merkur
Schongauer Nachrichten

Münchner Merkur and Oberbayerisches Volksblatt

The Münchner Merkur is closely connected with the Upper Bavarian Volksblatt (OVB) in Rosenheim, which takes over the cloak from the Merkur . The OVB is therefore often counted among the local editions of Merkurs; this is not correct in so far as there is no editorial and technical network between the OVB and the Merkur as there is between the individual local editions of the Merkur . The OVB in turn has its own local editions in the area around the Chiemsee.

These are:

  • Upper Bavarian Volksblatt
  • Mangfall messenger
  • Chiemgau newspaper
  • Wasserburger Zeitung
  • Mühldorfer Anzeiger
  • Waldkraiburger news
  • Neumarkter Anzeiger

Distribution of daily newspapers in Munich

National coverage of the daily newspapers published in Munich
medium 2005 2009 2013
Southgerman newspaper 1,161,000 1,160,000 1,431,000
tz 298,000 335,000 256,000
Evening News 280,000 233,000 210,000
Image Munich 406,000 379,000 331,000
Munich Mercury 703,000 722,000 723,000
Readers reach in Germany according to media analysis press media 2005, 2009 and 2013

Web links

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  21. according to IVW , fourth quarter in each case ( details on )
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