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description Daily newspaper in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania
publishing company Ostsee-Zeitung GmbH & Co. KG
First edition 15th August 1952
Frequency of publication daily from Monday to Saturday
Sold edition 111,417 copies
( IVW 2/2020, Mon-Sat)
Editor-in-chief Andreas Ebel
editor Ostsee-Zeitung GmbH & Co. KG
Web link ostsee-zeitung.de
ZDB 1429431-x
Head of the title page of the Ostsee-Zeitung and Neuer Stettiner Zeitung from June 5, 1908
Head of the title page of the Mecklenburgische Ostsee-Zeitung, Neues Wismarsches Tageblatt from September 19, 1893

The Ostsee-Zeitung ( proper spelling : OSTSEE-ZEITUNG ) is a regional daily newspaper in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania . It is mainly sold in the coastal area of ​​this state.

The traditional circulation area of ​​the Ostsee-Zeitung is almost identical to the former Rostock district of the GDR , which stretched over the entire Baltic coast of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. The seat of the publishing house is the Hanseatic city of Rostock .

The Ostsee-Zeitung is a subsidiary of the Lübecker Nachrichten . Since December 31, 2009, the company has been listed as a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Madsack publishing company in the company's balance sheet.

In 2004, the company achieved sales of 58.2 million euros with around 400 employees. The sold circulation is 111,417 copies, a decrease of 44 percent since 1998. The newspaper appears in the Rhenish format .


Since the middle of the 19th century there have been several successive newspapers in the Pomeranian provincial capital of Stettin under the name Ostseezeitung . The first was the Ostsee-Zeitung and Börsen-Nachrichten of the Baltic Sea , published from 1848 to 1905 , which in turn arose from the Börsen-Nachrichten of the Baltic Sea published by the Hessenland Stettin publishing house since 1835 . The successor from 1905 to 1922 was then called Ostsee-Zeitung and Neue Stettiner Zeitung and was again printed in Stettin, whereas the predecessor was published in a Berlin printing house from 1848 to 1905. From 1922 to 1928 the newspaper was called the Ostseezeitung and merged with the Stettiner Abendpost in 1928/1929 . The successor to this newspaper was the Stettiner Generalanzeiger from 1933 to 1939 , from which the Ostseezeitung - Stettiner Generalanzeiger emerged from 1939 until the end of the war in 1945 .

On September 19, 1893, the first edition of the Mecklenburgische Ostsee-Zeitung appeared in Wismar with the subtitle "Neues Wismarsches Tageblatt" and a print run of 5000 copies. " Willgeroth & Menzel" are named as editors and publishers in this first edition .

As far as is known, part of the Szczecin printing plant was relocated to Greifswald in 1945 . When the Rostock district was formed , which was also known as the "Ostseebezirk", the newly created publication (" Zentralorgan ") of the Rostock SED district leadership was named Ostsee-Zeitung . It appeared for the first time on August 15, 1952. With a circulation of 260,400 copies, the Ostsee-Zeitung was the daily newspaper with the highest circulation in the north of the GDR.

Publishing house of the Ostsee-Zeitung in Rostock

After the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the workforce of the Ostsee-Zeitung broke away from its publisher, the SED district leadership in Rostock, in a grassroots process. The workforce also selected a publishing management team with Walter Block, later managing director, at the top, as well as an editorial board with Gerhard Spilker as editor-in-chief. In January 1990 the workforce instructed the new management level to start talks with the Lübecker Nachrichten about a possible purchase of the Ostsee-Zeitung by the Lübecker Nachrichten . In 1991, Lübecker Nachrichten GmbH bought the Ostsee-Zeitung . The Lübecker Nachrichten promptly surrendered fifty percent of the shares to Axel Springer AG .

Even after the newspaper broke away from its publisher and acted as an independent daily newspaper after the daily newspaper was sold by the Treuhandanstalt , it retained its regionally-related title. Since 1990 it has had the subtitle: "The Independent for Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania".

Since December 2006, Thomas Ehlers has been managing director of the publishing house of Ostsee-Zeitung and Lübecker Nachrichten . Ehlers initiated the rapprochement between the two publishers through personnel decisions and the harmonization of both technical production systems.

Until February 2009, the Ostsee-Zeitung was half owned by Axel Springer AG and half by Lübecker Nachrichten, in which Axel Springer AG also held a 49 percent stake. The Axel Springer AG on appropriated its share of the Ostsee-Zeitung, she held directly by then, in February 2009, the Lübecker Nachrichten GmbH and sold its stake in two newspapers in a timely manner to the Madsack headquartered in Hanover. Since then, Madsack has held majority stakes of 68.74% in both daily newspapers.


The newspaper has lost a lot of its circulation in recent years . The number of copies sold has fallen by 44 percent since 1998. It is currently 111,417 copies. This corresponds to a decrease of 87,713 units. The share of subscriptions in the circulation sold is 87 percent.

Development of the number of copies sold

Diffusion and competition

Lars Vilks in a T-shirt with the OZ logo (2005)

The newspaper appears in the coastal area of ​​Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. Together with the Schweriner Volkszeitung and the Nordkurier from Neubrandenburg, the entire country is locally divided up and covered by the Treuhandanstalt according to the old three GDR districts at the time of privatization . The following local editions appear in the Ostsee-Zeitung:

output Current edition Edition 2007
Rostock 37,414 50,924
Wismar 12,055 17,820
Stralsund 11,613 17,675
to reprimand 10,552 17,028
Greifswald 11,234 16,267
Ribnitz-Damgarten 9579 14,527
Usedom - Peene 8636 12,688
Bad Doberan 7970 10,838
Grevesmühlen 6560 9,305
Grim 3774 5,609

In the district of Northwest Mecklenburg, the Ostsee-Zeitung was in direct competition until the end of 2008 for the former main title of its own shareholder Lübecker Nachrichten . Both newspapers had a local editorial office in Grevesmühlen. These were replaced on January 1, 2009 by a joint editorial team that produces the local pages for both titles.

News desk for the production of the cover pages of Lübecker Nachrichten and Ostsee-Zeitung in Lübeck

In November 2007, the company announced that it would outsource the editorial team and other areas of the company and move them to joint subsidiaries with Lübecker Nachrichten , in order to create rationalization effects for the company through a joint editorial department . The works council had previously expressed corresponding fears and called for the newspaper to continue to operate independently. The United Service Union and the DGB supported this concern, as did the participants in the Journalists' Day of the German Union of Journalists 2007 in Berlin.

On April 30, 2008 Manfred von Thien left the Ostsee-Zeitung as editor-in-chief. He had held this position since 2006. Thiens was succeeded in 2008 by Jan Emendörfer , who had previously been deputy editor-in-chief.

Manfred von Thien managed the Redaktions-Service-Gesellschaft GmbH & Co. KG (RSG), a subsidiary of the Ostsee-Zeitung GmbH & Co. KG and the Lübecker Nachrichten , which is based in Lübeck. Both editors of the Lübecker-Nachrichten editorial team and the Ostsee-Zeitung switched to RSG on July 1, 2008 . The Redaktions-Service-Gesellschaft produces cover and service pages for the Lübecker Nachrichten and the Ostsee-Zeitung . In March 2011, Gerald Goetsch, editor-in-chief of Lübecker Nachrichten, took over from Thien's successor as acting head of the RSG, after von Thien's change as agent for the publisher of the Madsack media group.

Jan Emendörfer switched to the Leipziger Volkszeitung as editor-in-chief on April 1, 2012. Andreas Ebel, who has been with the newspaper since 1993 and has been in charge of the Rostock local editorial team since 2002, became editor-in-chief.

Newspaper in school

Together with the IZOP Institute , the newspaper regularly offers the educational project newspaper in school (ZiSch) to promote reading for schoolchildren. A motto here is "He who can read learns easier". Over a period of four to six weeks, the pupils should get to know the entire work of the press house - from editing to sales.

Web links

Commons : Ostsee-Zeitung  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. according to IVW ( details on ivw.eu )
  2. ^ Ostsee-Zeitung , August 15, 2012
  3. Axel Springer sells regional newspaper holdings in both daily newspapers to the Medsack publishing group . Notice from Axel Springer AG dated February 4, 2009
  4. red: Ostsee-Zeitung becomes LN subsidiary, Springer sells shares in regional newspapers . In: Lübecker Nachrichten , February 5, 2009, p. 10
  5. Madsack buys Springer newspapers . In: Manager Magazin , February 5, 2009; Retrieved December 15, 2013
  6. Madsack publishing house , accessed December 15, 2013.
  7. according to IVW , ( details on ivw.eu )
  8. according to IVW , second quarter 2020, Mon-Sat ( details and quarterly comparison on ivw.eu )
  9. according to IVW , fourth quarter in each case ( details on ivw.eu )
  10. according to IVW , second quarter 2020, mo – sa ( details on ivw.eu )
  11. according to IVW, third quarter 2007, mo – sa ( details on ivw.eu )
  12. HL-Live: Outsourcing of editorial staff and other company areas , accessed on November 22, 2007
  13. The works council demands: Independence must be preserved
  14. ^ Journalists' Day 2007 in Berlin
  15. ^ Jan Emendörfer becomes editor-in-chief of the Leipziger Volkszeitung .  ( Page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. In: Leipziger Volkszeitung online from December 16, 2011@1@ 2Template: Toter Link / nachrichten.lvz-online.de  
  16. ^ Ostsee-Zeitung GmbH & Co. KG: Imprint. Retrieved on May 2, 2018 (German).

Coordinates: 54 ° 5 ′ 7 ″  N , 12 ° 8 ′ 30 ″  E