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description Internet news site (disabled)
languages German
owner NZ Netzeitung GmbH
Published November 8, 2000
status discontinued at the end of 2009

The Netzeitung was a German news website published from November 2000 to December 2009 at . On January 4, 2010, the website was converted into an automated news portal , the content of which was supplied by . The website has not been updated since July 2014 . The domain was then redirected to the website of the Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger .

According to its own statements, the Netzeitung was previously the first German website with new content on a national level and with full editorial content that appeared exclusively on the Internet. The online newspaper was founded by the publishers of the Norwegian equivalent, which has existed since 1996 . In addition to publishing the Internet newspaper, the Netzeitung also acts as a news supplier for a number of radio stations in the sense of complete news programs . Most recently, the network had 1.703 million visitors with around 6.556 million page views per month (IVW identification November 2009) and in 2005 it was the most cited online medium. Most recently Domenika Ahlrichs was the editor-in-chief .


In the spring of 2000, Nettavisen employees began to set up the editorial offices in Berlin and Frankfurt am Main. In the summer of 2000, the former editor-in-chief of the Berliner Zeitung and Stern , Michael Maier , was appointed editor-in-chief of the Netzeitung . The news service was activated for the public in September 2000; the official start was November 8, 2000.

The first change of ownership of the website took place in the initial phase. The original parent company, the Scandinavian Internet portal Spray Network , was taken over by Lycos Europe in autumn 2000 . On July 1, 2002, the Netzeitung switched from Lycos to the specialist publishing group BertelsmannSpringer . After Bertelsmann AG sold it to an English investment company in 2003, Netzeitung became a subsidiary of Netzeitungs Beteiligungs GmbH on March 1, 2003 through a management buy-out . Michael Maier and Ralf-Dieter Brunowsky became managing partners . End of June 2005 finally took over the Norwegian publishing company Orkla Media , the Netzeitung complete.

At the end of 2005 the Netzeitung applied for the Berlin radio frequency 100.6 MHz to broadcast an information-oriented program there. The media authority Berlin-Brandenburg finally awarded the frequency to both the Netzeitung and Motor FM on the condition that both providers cooperate. The transmitter 100,6 Motor FM started operations on February 1, 2006 with a mixture of music and journalistic word programs.

On May 11, 2006, the Netzeitung announced that it wanted to involve its readers more journalistically and to start a project of so-called citizen journalism . The project, based on the South Korean online newspaper OhmyNews , started on June 1, 2006 under the name "Readers Edition" for a closed group of users and was made available to the public five days later.

In the same year, the Netzeitung took over the similar-sounding domain , a news search engine that now operates as Newstral .

At the end of 2006, Maier left the Netzeitung : He wanted to concentrate entirely on Web 2.0 projects. His new company Blogform Verlags GmbH bought the Readers Edition . The new editors-in-chief of the Netzeitung were Michael Angele , formerly the features editor at NZ, and Matthias Ehlert . On August 1, 2007, Domenika Ahlrichs replaced the dual leadership in the chief editor.

In June 2007, BV Deutsche Zeitungsholding , which belonged to the British Mecom Group , took over all shares in NZ Netzeitung Beteiligungs GmbH, which includes as well as various other network portals. The stake in 100,6 Motor FM was sold to the platform for regional music industry at the same time as the acquisition of the Netzeitung group . The IT news portal and the health portal were also sold. However, the cooperation between the network and the broadcaster should continue to be maintained.

On February 14th, 2008, a new layout, a new logo and a new category of opinion were introduced. On January 13, 2009, the Cologne publisher M. DuMont Schauberg announced that it would take over the activities of the Mecom Group in Germany, including the Netzeitung .

The new owner DuMont Schauberg announced on November 6, 2009 that “the previous concept of an Internet newspaper with its own editorial team” would be given up on December 31, 2009 for economic reasons and that it should only continue to be operated as an automated news portal . After switching to such an aggregator in early January 2010, the number of clicks dropped significantly.

Business areas

After the collapse of the “ new economy bubble”, the Netzeitung also had a hard time asserting itself on the market. In addition to the classic source of income advertising ( advertising banners , pop-ups ) and subscriptions (personalized start page, SMS notification service), new sources of income had to be found. Since December 2004 the editorial team of the Netzeitung has been supplying the news content of the teletexts from ProSiebenSat1 (Sat1, N24, Pro7 and Kabel1). In addition, since February 2005 the multimedia content of N24 (, N24-Text and Infoscreens) has been supplied by the Netzeitung. Since the beginning of 2006 the Netzeitung operated together with Motor FM the Berlin VHF frequency 100.6 MHz under the name 100.6 Motor FM, which was advertised again after the insolvency of “ HUNDERT, 6 ” . On April 28, 2006, the Berlin-Brandenburg media authority finally assigned the frequency to the Motor FM / Netzeitung consortium.

In addition, the Auto & Technology division was spun off and transferred to the newly founded company "NZ Autoportal GmbH". This includes the automobile portal

editorial staff

Domenika Ahlrichs was editor-in-chief of the Netzeitung from 2007 to 2009

The Netzeitung employed its own editors for the areas of politics, business, sport, entertainment, culture, media, science and the Internet. The online newspaper mainly used the major news agencies dpa , AP and epd and their photo services as news sources . The corresponding agency reports were usually reformulated and published with additional information. In addition, reports were also researched on various Internet news sites. According to its own information, the Netzeitung was one of the most cited German news media. In 2002 and 2003, the daily media column on waste paper was nominated for the Grimme Online Award .

At the end of 2008, all contracts with the 15 freelance workers previously employed were terminated. This means that some columns that had previously appeared regularly, such as the waste paper, were also discontinued.

At the end of 2009, the remaining twelve employees were "terminated for operational reasons".

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ( Memento from April 14, 2010 in the Internet Archive )
  2. ^ Official announcement of the Netzeitung on the change of the chief editor
  3. Berliner Zeitung: Domenika Ahlrichs is the editor of the Netzeitung , August 2, 2007
  4. ^ Press report from
  5. Press release of the M. DuMont Schauberg Group on purchase ( Memento of the original from August 21, 2009 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link has been 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 /
  6. Off for a veteran. In: Süddeutsche Zeitung. November 6, 2009, accessed May 18, 2015 .
  7. Netzeitung becomes a news portal. In: DuMont media group press release. November 6, 2009, accessed February 1, 2016 .
  8. Schreiberling73 blog: "Netzeitung: The user has spoken" ( Memento of the original from May 4, 2010 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. , accessed February 12, 2010 @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  9. ^ Volker Briegleb: German newspaper holding buys Netzeitung. In: heise online . June 8, 2007, accessed September 18, 2012 .
  10. Portrait of Christian Bartels, one of the "waste paper" editors
  11. ^ Terminations for operational reasons: DuMont-Verlag discontinues "Netzeitung". In: Spiegel Online . November 6, 2009, accessed December 23, 2014 .