People's Voice

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People's Voice
description daily newspaper
publishing company Magdeburger Verlags- und Druckhaus GmbH
First edition June 15, 1890
Frequency of publication daily except Sundays
Sold edition 147,886 copies
( IVW 2/2020, Mon-Sat)
Range 0.425 million readers
( MA 2017 II )
Editor-in-chief Alois Kösters
executive Director Marco Fehrecke
Web link
The Volksstimme office building in Magdeburg

The Volksstimme is a daily newspaper for northern and central Saxony-Anhalt with its headquarters in Magdeburg . Its area of ​​distribution is based on the borders of the former Magdeburg district . The Mitteldeutsche Zeitung appears in the south of Saxony-Anhalt, in the area of ​​the former Halle district . As a regional daily newspaper, Volksstimme is a monopoly in the center of Saxony-Anhalt . Only in the Altmark does it have a competitor with the Altmark Zeitung, founded in 1990 .

The voice of the people is moved from Magdeburg printing and publishing house GmbH that the Bauer Media Group belongs. The Bauer Media Group company since January 2020, the Mitteldeutsche Zeitung , the second major newspaper in Saxony-Anhalt.

The newspaper appears six times a week, working day mornings, including Saturdays, in the Rhenish format . The local edition of the state capital, the Magdeburger Volksstimme , is distributed and quoted nationwide. For a few years the subtitle continued the traditional name of the former bourgeois-liberal Magdeburg newspaper . The sold circulation is 147,886 copies, a decrease of 47.7 percent since 1998.

Alois Kösters has been the editor-in-chief since October 1, 2011 .


The Volksstimme daily, founded in 1890 and then oriented towards social democracy , had a circulation of 34,000 copies before World War I and was banned by the National Socialists in 1933. Published from August 1947 as the SED newspaper for Magdeburg, it had been the organ of the SED district leadership in Magdeburg since 1952 . After the editorial team broke up with its publisher on January 15, 1990 , it was written on its own. It was not transferred to the workforce. The SPD, as the former owner, gave up its claim to ownership and instead took a stake in the Dresdner Sächsische Zeitung .

The THA were in 1991. 13 bids for the privatization and acquisition of Magdeburg in the former press house of Fritz Faber resident voice of the people in front, where until 1944 the Magdeburgische newspaper had been the oldest continuously published newspaper, founded in the 17th century in Germany, produces. Since then, Volksstimme has been published by Magdeburger Verlags- und Druckhaus GmbH, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Bauer Verlagsgruppe Hamburg, known for its program and yellow press papers , today's Bauer Media Group . The print shop has been located a few kilometers north of Magdeburg in Barleben in the Börde district since the mid-1990s and the main editorial office since 1998 .


The Volksstimme 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 147,886 copies. The share of subscriptions in the circulation sold is 92.3 percent.

Development of the number of copies sold

Local editions

(as head leaves )

The Volksstimme printing center in Barleben


Editors-in-chief of Volksstimme (1947– today):

Period Surname
1947-1950 Robert Büchner
1950-1953 Arno Gropp
1953-1958 Karl Jakobi
1958-1969 Herbert Kopietz
1969-1990 Heinz Wiese
1990-1992 Karl-Heinz Schwarzkopf
1992-1994 Reinhold Stimpert
1994-1999 Heinzgeorg Oette
1999-2001 Paul-Josef Raue
2001-2010 Franz Kadell
2010-2011 Peter Wendt and Günther Tyllack; provisional
since 2011 Alois Kösters

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Coup in the print market: What the Bauer Media Group could do with the “Mitteldeutsche Zeitung”, January 15, 2020
  2. according to IVW ( details on )
  3. Alois Kösters is the new Volksstimme editor-in-chief, April 9, 2011
  4. Bernd Kaufholz: Magdeburg: Journalists chose new editor-in-chief. In: Volksstimme Magdeburg, January 14, 2020, accessed on January 15, 2020 .
  5. according to IVW ( online )
  6. according to IVW , second quarter 2020, Mon-Sat ( details and quarterly comparison on )
  7. according to IVW , fourth quarter in each case ( details on )