Saarbrücker Zeitung

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Saarbrücker Zeitung
description regional daily newspaper
publishing company Saarbrücker Zeitung publishing house and printing company
First edition 1761
Frequency of publication every day except Sundays and public holidays
Sold edition 112,250 copies
( IVW 2/2020, Mon-Sat)
Range 0.48 million readers
( MA 2009 )
Editor-in-chief Peter Stefan Herbst
Web link
ZDB 200773-3

The Saarbrücker Zeitung is the only daily newspaper in the city of Saarbrücken and in the entire Saarland . The publishing company is Saarbrücker Zeitung Verlag und Druckerei GmbH , 56 percent of which has been owned by Rheinische Post Mediengruppe since 2013 .

The Saarbrücker Zeitung has seven local editorial offices in Saarland. As the sole supplier, it has a monopoly in the Saarland's daily newspaper market . The sold circulation is 112,250 copies, a decrease of 39.5 percent since 1998. The SZ is printed in the publisher's own print shop in Saarbrücken.


In the monarchy

After the princely Nassau government , led by Wilhelm Heinrich von Nassau-Saarbrücken , placed an order on January 24, 1761 with the court printer Gottfried Hofer to print a general weekly , the first issue of the newspaper appeared in 1761 under the inscription Nassau- Saarbrückisches Wochenblatt , as stated in Wagner, in the handbook of the German daily press from 1937 and in other sources. The paper printed government notices, market prices and similar information once a week. Political news was missing from the paper.

Obviously the name Allgemeine Wochenblatt was later used in the title of the paper. The effects of the French Revolution of 1793, which also affected Saarbrücken , represented a serious crisis for the newspaper . The publication of the paper has been discontinued. In 1794 the paper was renamed Saarbrücker Wochenblatt on the occasion of the resumption of distribution. The presence of the French resulted in all advertisements and files being printed in French. The French prefect had ordered these measures . The paper suffered losses as a result and was no longer published regularly.

In 1808, the publication was called the Saarbrücker Official Intelligence Gazette , and then in 1816, after joining Prussia, it was given the title Saarbrücker Intellektivenblatt . After the political order was changed, the newspaper was now called the Saarbrücken Official Gazette . From May 22nd, 1818 the title page bore the Prussian eagle and the inscription Intelligenceblatt von Saarbrücken , which completed a complete changeover of the paper. As of September 23, 1836, the newspaper was called the intelligence paper of the Saarbrücken district , with the edition now appearing twice a week. From 1837 to 1848 the newspaper was distributed three times a week.

From 1838 the name was changed to Saarbrücker Anzeiger . The revolutionary year 1848 also brought a considerable politicization of the citizenry, so that the newspaper was printed daily from July 1st to September 22nd, 1848. Political declarations like a petition to the king were now also printed. From September 22, 1848, the newspaper carried the title Saarzeitung , and then in 1861 the title Saarbrücker Zeitung . This marked the beginning of the phase in which this newspaper became the most important in the Saar region.

In the Saar area between France and Germany

After the First World War , the Saarbrücker Zeitung also ran into great difficulties in 1920 because the French occupying power wanted to transfer the newspaper into French ownership. Max Winkler initiated the financial and entrepreneurial measures so that the newspaper remained in German ownership. In 1928 the newspaper had a circulation of 70,000 copies.

After the reorganization of the Saar area , the paper was brought into line with the National Socialist press.

After the Second World War , the newspaper was published again as the Neue Saarbrücker Zeitung on August 27, 1945 , and then on September 5, 1946, resumed the traditional name Saarbrücker Zeitung from 1861. The publisher and editor of the non-partisan newspaper was Josef Maria Felten, director of the press publishing house Saarbrücker Zeitung ; the circulation reached 236,000 copies in 1947 (with three times weekly publication).

In the Federal Republic of Germany

After the Saarland joined the Federal Republic of Germany as a result of the referendum of October 23, 1955 , the newly created federal state bought all shares in Presseverlag Saarbrücker Zeitung GmbH for 1.3 million marks in 1956 .

Since the social democratic Saarbrücker Allgemeine Zeitung was discontinued on April 27, 1967, the Saarbrücker Zeitung has exercised a monopoly on the Saarland newspaper market.

On November 5, 1969, the Saarland Landtag decided to privatize the Saarbrücker Zeitung . For this purpose, the Saarbrücker Zeitung Verlag und Druckerei GmbH was founded as a private sponsoring company. 49 percent of the ownership shares were sold to the publisher Georg von Holtzbrinck and 26 percent were transferred free of charge to the charitable support company Saarbrücker Zeitung . In 2000, the sponsoring company was transferred to the Society for Citizenship Education Saar mbH (GSB) , whose shareholders are the Union Stiftung , Stiftung Demokratie Saar and Liberale Stiftung Villa Lessing, which are related to the CDU , SPD and FDP .

In May 2012, the Georg von Holtzbrinck publishing group gave up its regional newspaper business and sold its 52.33 percent stake in Saarbrücker Zeitungsverlag to GSB . The GSB was there only temporarily act as the majority shareholder. She announced she was looking for a new partner who had the will to “maintain and develop the regionally specific characteristics of the individual newspaper titles”. As early as January 1, 2013, GSB sold 56 percent of the company to the Rheinische Post Mediengruppe , which took over management and integrated the Saarbrücker Zeitung into its group like the other daily newspapers in the group. 28 percent of the Saarbrücker Verlag remained in the possession of GSB, 16 percent belong to an employee holding company.


The Saarbrücker Zeitung has lost a lot of its circulation in recent years . The number of copies sold has fallen by an average of 2.7% per year over the past 10 years. Last year it decreased by 3.5%. It is currently 112,250 copies. The share of subscriptions in the circulation sold is 87.6 percent.

Development of the number of copies sold

The Saarbrücker Zeitung is read by around 460,000 people (media analysis 2019, with Pfälzischer Merkur ) and used by 480,000 unique users (AGOF III / 2013) on the Internet.

Online media

The Saarbrücker Zeitung was in 1993 with the offer SZ Newsline present as one of the first German newspapers on the Internet. The SZ offer was added to the portal in 2002 . In 2007 an online offer was set up again under the name Saarbrücker Zeitung . The two online offerings are intended to appeal to different target groups: the older, news- interested readership,, with an editorial that is independent of the newspaper, the younger Internet users who are interested in entertainment, appointments and communities.


  • 1893–1921: Albert Zühlke
  • 1921–1925: Otto Eckler
  • 1925–1933: Arnold Nagel
  • 1933–1935: August Hellbrück
  • 1935–1939: Max Steigner
  • 1943–1945: Kurt Dammann
  • 1947-1952: Louis N. Knaff
  • 1956–1956: Claus Becker
  • 1957–1965: Wilhelm Gries
  • 1965–1972: Wolfgang Saile
  • 1973–1974: Nikolaus Baur
  • 1976–1985: Hans Peter Sommer
  • 1986–1996: Rudolph Bernhard
  • 1996-2004: Friedhelm Fiedler
  • 2005–: Peter Stefan Herbst

Literature - references

  • Eugen Wagner: The press of the Saar area and its fight against the French annexation efforts in the years 1918 to 1925 , dissertation Heidelberg 1933
  • Institute for Newspaper Studies at the University of Berlin, Handbook of the German Daily Press, Berlin 1937
  • Institute for Journalism at the Free University of Berlin: Die Deutsche Presse 1961 - Newspapers and Magazines, Berlin 1961
  • Emil Ermatinger, Eugen Thurnher, Paul Stapf: German Culture in the Age of Enlightenment, Frankfurt / Main 1969
  • Bernarding, Bernhard: When the prince created the newspaper. 250 years of the Saarbrücker Zeitung - a detailed story. In: Saarbrücker Zeitung (main part) v. January 3, 2011, p. A2

Web links

Commons : Saarbrücker Zeitung  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. With Palatine Merkur
  2. according to IVW ( details on )
  3. Creation of the Saarland Democracy Foundation , shown on the Foundation's website
  4. ^ Dietrich Oppenberg (Ed.): Handbuch Deutsche Presse 1947. Reprint of the newspaper section . Econ Verlag, Düsseldorf 1996. ISBN 3-430-17288-8
  5. The bishop is bidding: A newspaper is for sale in Saarbrücken. In: The time. February 14, 1969. Retrieved August 24, 2019 .
  6. 150 years of social democracy on the Saar. (PDF) In: Booklet for the exhibition of the same name by the Saarland Democracy Foundation, p. 115. May 2, 2013, accessed on August 26, 2019 .
  7. ^ Society for Citizenship Education Saar mbH, Small inquiry from the left-wing parliamentary group in the Saarland state parliament. In: Website of Die Linke. Parliamentary group in the state parliament of Saarland. March 17, 2014, accessed August 24, 2019 .
  8. Holtzbrinck sells Saarbrücker Zeitung. In: May 30, 2012, accessed August 24, 2019 .
  9. GSB is allowed to take over: Cartel Office allows sale of the "Saarbrücker Zeitung". In: Kress News. July 2, 2012, accessed August 24, 2019 .
  10. ^ "Rheinische Post" buys "Saarbrücker Zeitung". In: Handelsblatt. September 30, 2012, accessed August 24, 2019 .
  11. according to IVW ( online )
  12. according to IVW , second quarter 2020, Mon-Sat ( details and quarterly comparison on )
  13. according to IVW , fourth quarter in each case ( details on )