News (magazine)

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Publishing group News

legal form GmbH
founding 1992
Seat Vienna
management Horst Pirker (CEO and majority owner)
Number of employees 530 (2007)
sales 155 million euros (2007)
Branch publishing company

Logo of the magazine

News magazine is an Austrian weekly magazine. It was founded in 1992 by Wolfgang Fellner . The current editor is Horst Pirker .


The success of the paper was based on the revelatory stories and exclusive reports enriched with graphics and display boards.

Encouraged by the good sales that the magazine found in Austria, the Fellner brothers founded various spin-offs such as the weekly magazine Format , the multimedia magazine e-media , the TV magazine TV-MEDIA and the women's magazine Woman .

Wolfgang Fellner and his brother Helmuth withdrew more and more from the editorial area in the 2000s and only hold minority shares in the newspaper group they founded. In 2001, the news group took over the traditional magazines profil and Trend, which were published by the same publisher . In June 2002, Rudolf Klausnitzer replaced founder Helmuth Fellner as chairman of the management board and general director of the publishing house. In August 2003 Wolfgang Fellner also withdrew from the operative business. At the beginning of 2006 Klausnitzer resigned from the management and switched to the advisory board. Oliver Voigt, previously Managing Director of G + J Poland , has been appointed as his successor . At the end of 2010 Voigt left the company and was replaced by Matthias Schönwandt in mid-February 2011. After only three and a half months in office, the company separated from Schönwaldt by mutual agreement at the end of May 2011. The background was "internal processes that are not agreed with the existing guidelines of the main shareholder of the News Group, Gruner + Jahr AG". Axel Bogocz was CEO until May 2014. The current COO is Ekkehard Veser.

In 2006, the Fellner brothers launched Austria, a new daily newspaper that uses journalistic methods similar to those of News . This sparked a violent conflict with the current majority owners of News.

In February 2011 it became known that the number of copies had been manipulated for years. Accordingly, compared to the ÖAK, an average of eleven percent of the sales circulation was embellished. The ÖAK then announced a special test for News.

Eva Weissenberger was editor-in-chief from 2015 to January 2017 . As of February 2015, Esther Mitterstieler was a member of the editor-in-chief responsible for the economics department. From April 2015 Julia Ortner was deputy editor-in-chief and head of politics. Eva Weissenberger left News magazine at the end of January 2017, followed by Esther Mitterstieler as editor-in-chief. With Weissenberger, her deputy Julia Ortner also left the magazine. At the beginning of December 2018 it was announced that Mitterstieler will be leaving the News publishing group at the end of the year. Kathrin Gulnerits succeeded her as editor-in-chief.

Horst Pirker has been CEO since June 2014 , who took over the majority of the News publishing group in summer 2016 through a company. In the years 2014 and 2015, around five million euros were lost and by the end of 2016 80 to 100 of the currently around 500 employees should be cut.


The magazine, which appears on Fridays (until April 2017 on Saturdays), mainly deals with the topics of politics and people (gossip). The sub-headings include business, sport, culture, fashion, cars and, for some time now, science. As a supplement, there are often special issues on various topics.

During the 1990s, News was one of the leading reporting magazines, but since the turn of the millennium the political section has been increasingly restricted and trivialized in favor of tabloid journalism. After the news group took over the news magazine Profil , political background stories were largely relocated to the sister paper.

Since then, society topics and celebrity stories have increasingly been the focus of reporting. In addition to regular rankings (for example The 1,000 Most Important Austrians or The 100 Best Beers in Austria ) and large-scale opinion polls, News offers a weekly cover story from changing subject areas.

The investigative journalist Kurt Kuch brought for news among other details and background information for Causa Hypo Alpe Adria , the Telekom affair , BUWOG affair and Euro Fighter affair to light. In 2013, Kuch published information from the offshore leaks datasets in News about letterbox companies from Herbert Stepic , who soon after resigned from his position as CEO of Raiffeisen International .

From 1992 to March 2015, Manfred Deix published a cartoon every week in the magazine. Then Michael Pammesberger drew for the magazine until January 2017 , and Gerhard Haderer has been drawing for the magazine since February 2017 .

Publishing group News

Ownership structure of the News publishing group, as of April 2008

The publishing group News GmbH was founded in 1992 together with the magazine News . From 1998 to summer 2016, the company was 56% owned by the Bertelsmann subsidiary Gruner + Jahr . Kurier- Verlag, which is majority-owned by the Raiffeisen Group, holds 25.3% of the shares, the founders Wolfgang Fellner and Helmuth Fellner 18.7% (as of 2010). In summer 2016, the majority of the publishing group passed from the German publisher Gruner + Jahr to the Austrian media manager Horst Pirker .

The news group also includes the magazines Profil , Trend , Woman , Bühne , Autorevue , Yachtrevue , Golfrevue , Lust auf Leben , Gusto , e-media and TV-MEDIA . Via the Mediaprint publishing house , the news group is economically linked with the high-circulation daily newspapers Kronen Zeitung and Kurier .

Rental affair

At the end of September 2011, the former ÖVP Vice Mayor of Vienna, Bernhard Görg, accused that the Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann wanted to buy positive news coverage during his time as Viennese City Councilor by paying almost three times the rent of 2.7 million euros (prepaid twelve years) to News. As a councilor for residential construction, Faymann was responsible for the municipal company Wohnservice Wien , which rented the Media Tower in 2000.

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  2. The publishing group News announces. OTS / APA press release, August 20, 2003. Accessed June 1, 2011.
  3. a b “News” boss has to go to Fehler In: Wiener Zeitung , June 1, 2011 (print edition). Retrieved November 14, 2013.
  4. New boss for the NEWS publishing group: Matthias Schönwandt succeeds Oliver Voigt. In:, December 2, 2010. Retrieved June 1, 2011.
  5. "News" cheated on the edition . In: Spiegel Online . February 10, 2012. Retrieved February 10, 2012.
  6. Television, Falter and Feuilleton instead of Fellner ., February 18, 2015, accessed on March 7, 2015.
  7. Confirmed: Eva Weissenberger becomes “News” boss ., December 2, 2014, accessed on December 2, 2014.
  8. Esther Mitterstieler and Rainer Fleckl new to “News” ., February 18, 2015, accessed on March 3, 2015.
  9. Julia Ortner becomes deputy NEWS editor-in-chief ., accessed on February 5, 2015.
  10. "News" editor-in-chief Weissenberger leaves, Mitterstieler takes over . Article dated December 21, 2016, accessed December 21, 2016.
  11. "News": Editor-in-chief leaves magazine . Article dated December 3, 2018, accessed December 3, 2018.
  12. Kathrin Gulnerit's new "News" editor-in-chief . Article dated December 5, 2018, accessed on January 1, 2019.
  13. Shrinking cure for News-Verlag (September 26, 2016)
  14. "News" will be published every Saturday from March 7th ., February 15, 2015, accessed on March 7, 2015.
  15. ICIJ: Offshore Leaks Revelations Force Resignation of Top European Banker Article from May 24, 2013, accessed on January 3, 2015.
  16. - "News" uncoverer Kurt Kuch died of lung cancer . Article from January 3, 2015, accessed on January 3, 2015.
  17. ^ - Last caricature by Manfred Deix in "News" . APA notification dated March 6, 2015, accessed March 7, 2015.
  18. ^ Caricaturist Gerhard Haderer draws for "News" . Article dated January 30, 2017, accessed February 1, 2017.
  19. Publishing group NEWS Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH . Retrieved March 26, 2010.
  20. FPÖ shows Faymann again: Suspicion of covert promotion of "News" ., September 30, 2011