Waldeckische Landeszeitung

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Waldeckische Landeszeitung
Logo of the Waldeckische Landeszeitung
description local newspaper
publishing company Wilhelm Bing, printing and publishing company GmbH
First edition 1870 (FZ), 1887 (WLZ)
Frequency of publication Monday to Saturday
Sold edition 28,850 copies
( IVW 2/2020, Mon-Sat)
Editor-in-chief Markus Pfromm
Web link www.wlz-online.de

The Waldeckische country newspaper (WLZ) is in Waldeck-Frankenberg published daily newspaper with a local focus. The WLZ achieved a sold circulation of 28,850 copies, a decrease of -31.7 percent since 1998.

The Frankenberger Zeitung , which has been part of the WLZ since 1974 , was discontinued in autumn 2015. The last edition was around 4,500 copies.


The Waldeckische Landeszeitung (WLZ) is a local newspaper for the Waldecker Land . It is published by Wilhelm Bing Verlag in Korbach , whose sole shareholder has been Medien-Beteiligungsgesellschaft (MBG) in Bad Hersfeld since 2015. The publishing house is located at Lengefelder Straße 6 in the district town of Korbach.

The editorial team produces at the three locations Korbach, Bad Arolsen and Bad Wildungen ; the Frankenberg location was given up in 2015. The newspaper is printed by Zeitungsdruck Dierichs GmbH & Co. KG in Kassel. Features of the newspaper include a. a consistently four-color layout, special pages that change daily, as well as photo series and videos in addition to the online edition (e-paper). An app is available for mobile devices .


Waldeckische Landeszeitung

On Tuesday, May 10, 1887, Wilhelm Bing, then 28 years old, published the first edition of the Corbacher Zeitung in Korbach . The printer, typesetter, journalist and publisher from Usingen im Taunus chose the Allgemeine Anzeiger for the Principality of Waldeck and the neighboring area as the subtitle . Since December 1, 1910, it has been called the Waldeckische Landeszeitung.

Bing's newspaper, which initially appeared on Wednesday and Saturday, already had competition in the Waldeck towns of Arolsen and Bad Wildungen , for example from the Waldeckschen Anzeiger , the Waldecksche Rundschau or the Wildunger Zeitung . However, the Corbacher Zeitung prevailed on the market; the other publishers gave up or sold their titles to Bing. From the “ Dreikaiserjahr ” in 1888, his newspaper appeared three times a week, and since October 1, 1910, it has been published daily as the first newspaper in Waldeck. After Wilhelm Bing's death in 1912, his then 34-year-old wife Hermine continued to run the publishing house. The first rotary press went into operation in 1919 . In 1932 Wilhelm Bing's sons Ludwig and Hermann Bing took over the management. You are strongly committed to coming to terms with the country's history; so they established the supplement Mein Waldeck in their newspaper . In 1931 the publishing house took over the publication of the Waldeck regional calendar, which had existed since 1727 . Numerous books on the local and regional history of Waldeck have been published by Bing. The publishing house modernized, bought new printing machines and a larger press.

During the Weimar Republic , attempts to establish other newspapers in Waldeck, such as the Waldecker Volksblatt or the Korbacher Post, failed . In 1934 the last publisher gave up. The Waldeckische Landeszeitung has had the subtitle Arolser Zeitung - Korbacher Zeitung - Wildunger Zeitung since 1936 . After 1933, competition arose from the WLZ from the papers of the National Socialists , who advertised massively for their Waldeck Observer and the Kurhessische Landeszeitung des NSDAP-Gaus Kurhessen in Kassel. Although the "bourgeois" WLZ claimed, but it also has been brought into line and passed to the "language rules" from the Berlin Reich press conference and in tone and content Reich Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda on. The newspaper was published until American troops marched into Korbach on March 29, 1945.

The American military government issued a professional ban on all old publishers. As a means of “re-educating” the Germans, it also issued licenses for new newspapers to “unencumbered” people . In Waldeck, a side edition of the Hessische Nachrichten from Kassel appeared first , which had received a license as the third in Hesse. From 1948 to 1950, the Nuremberg-born Ludwig Wilhelm Steinkohl published the Waldecker Kurier with a US license in the Bings publishing house in Korbach . The edition remained at less than 1,500 copies. When a “general license” was issued in West Germany on September 21, 1949, the Bings took the chance and Steinkohl gave up: on May 31, 1950, he hired the Waldecker Kurier , and from July 1, the WLZ reappeared under Bings' direction . In the same year the circulation climbed to 11,000 copies. The WLZ became the market leader. It was one of the newspapers with the greatest circulation in its area, and it was read daily in almost every household in the Waldecker Land. The competition paper Hessisch-Niedersächsische Allgemeine (HNA), which was created in 1959 through the merger of the two Kassel US license papers Hessische Nachrichten and Kasseler Zeitung , remained at a low circulation level in the Waldeck area.

Ludwig and Hermann Bing set about rebuilding the Korbacher publishing house. In 1953 the company's production area was expanded, and in 1959 a new press was acquired. In 1962 the new publishing house on Lengefelder Strasse was completed. It was expanded in 1976 by the printing company, which moved to a new building in 1995. When the Waldeck and Frankenberg districts were merged in 1974 as part of the Hessian regional reform, the Bings took over the Frankenberger Zeitung, founded in 1870, from the Kahm publishing family. In two decades this local newspaper doubled its circulation.

With the economic crisis at the turn of the millennium, another process of concentration began on the German newspaper market, and the pressure on small publishers increased. In 2004, the responsibility of the WLZ founding family ended: Wilhelm Bing handed over the publishing house to the Madsack publishing group, and in 2015 there was another change to the media holding company MBG.

Frankenberger newspaper

The former editorial house in Frankenberg

On Wednesday, August 17, 1870, the Frankenberg publisher Franz Kahm brought out the first edition of the Frankenberger Bote , from which the Frankenberger Zeitung emerged in 1912 . Franz Kahm was born on September 4, 1843 as the son of a brewer in Dillenburg . In the Heinzerling'schen Buchdruckerei in Biedenkopf he learned the trade of book printer. In the spring of 1870 he moved with his wife Elise, née Pitt, to the district town of Frankenberg, where he opened his own print shop on July 1, 1870 in Neustädter Strasse . A month later, he founded the first newspaper in the city's history. He invited "the residents of the local city and the surrounding area " to subscribe to the " Anzeiger für Politik, Entertainment und Werbung " , which will initially appear on Wednesdays and Saturdays .

Franz Kahm was responsible for the technology and the editing of the newspaper, his wife opened a stationery shop with a bookstore. In 1877 the royal Prussian government elevated the newspaper to the status of the “ Official District Gazette for the Frankenberg District ”, in which all Frankenberg and Vöhl authorities had to print their official announcements. The sheet with the Prussian eagle in the title was enlarged to Berlin format in April 1910 . From January 1912 it was called Frankenberger Zeitung . At that time it appeared three times a week at noon. For supraregional reports, Kahm established contacts with a news office, and later acquired a radio teletype. In December 1913, Kahm handed the company over to his two sons. His eldest, Otto Kahm, had completed a technical training, he also took over the "editorial management" of the newspaper. Franz junior completed an apprenticeship as a businessman and bookseller, he took over the business and the publishing management. As a nature lover, he also sold accessories for botanists and special forms across the country under the title “Kahms Herbarium”.

After the First World War , the Frankenberger Zeitung appeared in the morning. From December 1932, it came out every day except Sundays. After Adolf Hitler's " seizure of power " on January 30, 1933 and the "Gleichschaltung" of the German press, the Frankenberger Zeitung also spread the propaganda of the National Socialists , who had a stronghold in the Frankenberg district. Otto Kahm died in 1935. His brother Franz took his son Waldemar into the business. Towards the end of World War II , the newspaper had to stop its publication in 1944 due to a lack of paper. The American military government imposed a professional ban on all old publishers in 1945. In the Frankenberger Land the Hessische Nachrichten from Kassel issued a side edition with a US license. It was not until August 30, 1949 that the Frankenberger Zeitung came back onto the market under the direction of the Kahm family: "After bitter years of silence, the approval of the press law in Hesse has finally made it possible for us to appear again with an independent local newspaper" , wrote the editorial team under the headline "Joy for young and old to start over".

In order to receive national news, the Kahms formed a working group with other publishers: in 1958 they joined the “Redaktionsgemeinschaft deutscher Heimatzeitungen”. The Frankenberger Zeitung escaped despite the strong become competition from Kassel the large publishing dying of the 1950s and held its own. The Kahm family also founded the Aulis publishing house, which published scientific publications for schools.

Franz Kahm died in 1961. His son Waldemar Kahm took his son Gert, who had completed an apprenticeship in Biberach and studied at the Academy for Graphic Arts in Munich, into the management. In 1966 the print shop and the Frankenberger Zeitung moved into a new building in the industrial area. When the Waldeck and Frankenberg districts merged in 1974, the Bing publishing family in Korbach took over the Frankenberger Zeitung . Their Waldeckische Landeszeitung has since provided the cover section for the Frankenberger Zeitung , which more than doubled its circulation in the following two decades. The scope and number of employees also increased. In 2004 the publishing company Madsack from Hanover took over Wilhelm Bing Verlag. From 2009 the supraregional part of the Waldeckische Landeszeitung and the Frankenberger Zeitung was produced by the Oberhessische Presse in Marburg , which also belongs to the Madsack publishing group .

In April 2015, the publisher announced that the Frankenberger Zeitung would be discontinued on September 30, 2015. This was preceded by a takeover of the Bing publishing house by the media holding company MBG in Bad Hersfeld . The new publisher is Daniel Schönigh, a nephew of the Kassel publisher Dirk Ippen, whose Hessisch-Niedersächsische Allgemeine (HNA) appeared in the Waldeck-Frankenberg district in competition with the sheets of the Bing publishing house. As early as April 1, 2015, Ippen stopped the Korbach local edition of the HNA. With the end of the Frankenberger Zeitung and the simultaneous strengthening of the HNA location in Frankenberg, the journalistic streamlining of the structurally weak region of North Hesse has been completed. The subscription circulation of the Frankenberger Zeitung was recently only around 4,500 copies.


The Waldeckische state newspaper has until 2018 as most German newspapers in circulation lost. The increase in 2018 was achieved through the sale of electronic newspapers . The number of copies sold has increased by an average of 4.9% per year over the past 10 years. In contrast, it fell by 3.9% last year. It is currently 28,850 copies. The share of subscriptions in the circulation sold is 52.5 percent.

Development of the number of copies sold


  • Dr. Hermann Bing: 100 years of the Waldeckische Landeszeitung. 100 years of printing and publishing by Wilhelm Bing. In: Waldeckische Landeszeitung. No. 112, 1987.
  • Dr. Hermann Bing: Stations in a Life. Wilhelm Bing Verlag, Korbach 1995.
  • Helmut Nicolai : Arolsen - Life picture of a German royal seat , CA Starke-Verlag, Glücksburg / Ostsee 1954
  • Wolfgang Medding: Korbach - The history of a German city , Wilhelm Bing Verlag, Korbach 1955.
  • Joseph Wulf : Press and Radio in the Third Reich , Gütersloh 1964
  • Dr. Karl Schilling: The Waldecker's local newspaper is celebrating its anniversary. 125 years of the Waldeckische Landeszeitung as reflected in the history of the press. In: Waldeckischer Landeskalender 2012. Volume 285, 2011, pages 136 to 164.
  • Eva-Juliane Welsch: The Hessian license holders and their newspapers. Diss., Dortmund 2002
  • 125 years of Frankenberger Zeitung. Anniversary edition. In: Frankenberger Zeitung. No. 204, 1995.
  • Franz Kahm: Progress is the watchword of time. In: Frankenberger Zeitung. No. 151, 2009.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. according to IVW , second quarter 2020, Mon-Sat ( details and quarterly comparison on ivw.eu )
  2. For the publishing history see:
    • 100 years of the Waldeckische Landeszeitung . Special edition, In: Waldeckische Landeszeitung , number 112, 1987.
    • Hermann Bing: Stations in a Life , Korbach 1995.
    • Karl Schilling: The Waldecker's local newspaper is celebrating its anniversary. 125 years of the Waldeckische Landeszeitung in the mirror of press history , In: Waldeckischer Landeskalender 2012 .
  3. ^ Eva-Juliane Welsch: The Hessian license holders and their newspapers. Dissertation, Dortmund, 2002, pp. 338–346
  4. http://www.wlz-fz.de/Lokales/Landkreis/FZ-soll-zum-Herbst-eingellung-haben
  5. according to IVW ( online )
  6. according to IVW , second quarter 2020, Mon-Sat ( details and quarterly comparison on ivw.eu )
  7. according to IVW , fourth quarter in each case ( details on ivw.eu )