Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung

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Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung
description German daily newspaper
publishing company Funke Medien NRW GmbH
Headquarters eat
First edition April 3, 1948
founder Erich Brost & Jakob Funke
Frequency of publication daily Monday to Saturday
Sold edition 275,590 copies
Editor-in-chief Andreas Tyrock
editor Funke media group
Web link www.waz.de
ZDB 973929-4
The Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung is printed in the company's own printing house
Former logo until 2009

The Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung ( WAZ ) is the largest regional newspaper in Germany. It was founded on April 3, 1948 and is based in Essen . The WAZ appears with 28 local editions in the entire core Ruhr area . The circulation is not shown separately within the newspapers that belong to the Funke media group in North Rhine-Westphalia . According to a media report, the sold circulation in July 2009 was 397,145 copies, but should be significantly lower in 2015 given the above-average decrease in circulation for the entire group.

The editor-in-chief has been Andreas Tyrock since July 2014. He took over the post from Ulrich Reitz , who had held it since July 2005. A total of around 320 editors and photographers work in different employment relationships at WAZ. In addition to the central editorial office in Essen, there are 23 local editorial offices.

Founding editors of the daily newspaper were Erich Brost and Jakob Funke . The newspaper appears in the newspaper publisher Ruhrgebiet GmbH & Co. Essen KG. From the nucleus of WAZ, the internationally active WAZ media group grew over the decades, and after being majority-owned by the Funke family, it has been operating as the Funke media group since 2013. Manfred Braun and Michael Wüller are managing directors of the publishing house and of the entire group.

The WAZ has changed its appearance significantly over the years. It was observed that the front page and the second page of the WAZ had been expanded with a permanent column for celebrities in the course of restructuring . In addition, the social part increased, while scientific and political content was partially cut.


The circulation of the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung is reported by the Funke Mediengruppe only together with the Neue Ruhr Zeitung / Neue Rhein Zeitung (NRZ), Westfalenpost (WP) and the Westfälische Rundschau (WR). The circulation sold has fallen by an average of 5.6% per year over the past 10 years. Last year it decreased by 6.1%. It is currently 442,946 copies. This corresponds to a decrease of 699,190 units. The share of subscriptions in the circulation sold is 92.5 percent.

Development of the number of copies sold

Local newsrooms

The WAZ currently has 31 local editorial offices in North Rhine-Westphalia:

  • Bochum, Wattenscheid
  • Bottrop
  • Castrop-Rauxel
  • Dortmund
  • Duisburg, Duisburg-Hamborn, Duisburg-West, Duisburg-South
  • Essen, Essen-Kettwig
  • Gelsenkirchen, Buer
  • Gladbeck
  • Hattingen
  • Heiligenhaus
  • Herne, Wanne-Eickel
  • Came
  • Luenen
  • Moers
  • Mülheim
  • Oberhausen, Sterkrade
  • Rheinberg / Xanten
  • Sprockhövel
  • Unna
  • Velbert
  • Langenberg
  • Vest (Recklinghausen)
  • Witten

Some of the above-mentioned editorial offices are not located in the named city itself, but in a neighboring city that reports on the respective named city as an independent editorial office.

In addition, local parts of the following cities appear:

Alps, Arnsberg, Attendorn, Bad Berleburg, Bad Laasphe, Balve, Bedburg-Hau, Bestwig, Breckerfeld, Brilon, Datteln, Dinslaken, Drolshagen, Düsseldorf, Emmerich, Ennepetal, Erndtebrück, Eslohe, Finnentrop, Freudenberg, Gevelsberg, Goch, Hagen, Hallenberg, Haltern am See, Hamminkeln, Hemer, Herdecke, Herten, Hilchenbach, Hohenlimburg, Hünxe, Iserlohn, Isselburg, Issum, Kalkar, Kamp-Lintfort, Kevelaer, Kirchhundem, Kleve, Kranenburg, Kreuztal, Lennestadt, Letmathe, Lippstadt, Marl, Marsberg, Medebach, Menden, Meschede, Möhnesee, Neheim-Hüsten, Netphen, Neukirchen-Vluyn, Neunkirchen, Oer-Erkenschwick, Olpe, Olsberg, Recklinghausen, Rees, Rheurdt, Rüthen, Schermbeck, Schmallenberg, Schwelm, Schwerte, Siegen, Soest, Sonsbeck, Sundern, Uedem, Voerde, Waltrop, Warstein, Weeze, Wenden, Wesel, Wetter, Wilnsdorf and Winterberg.


At the end of 2006 and in 2014 the WAZ closed some local editorial offices in the Ruhr area. In return, since other newspaper houses, such as Medienhaus Lensing and Recklinghäuser Zeitung , have also closed local editorial offices in cities where there are WAZ editorial offices, the criticism arose that the publishers would split up the publication areas. This would considerably reduce the variety of newspapers in the individual cities. The WAZ denied territorial agreements. Journalists from the WAZ and the other publishers concerned demonstrated against these plans, but these demonstrations were not reported in the WAZ.

See also

Web links

Commons : Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Funke-Mediengruppe Funke-Medien-G 850 (WAZ + NRZ + WP + WR) + IKZ (Mon-Sat) , accessed on February 6, 2015
  2. ^ Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung : WAZ Group. After the mines die the newspapers , January 28, 2013, accessed on February 6, 2015: “While the German daily newspapers complain about a decline of 2.2 percent per year on average, it is four to five percent for the newspapers of the WAZ Group . "
  3. ^ Funke media group: Andreas Tyrock becomes "WAZ" editor-in-chief. Retrieved July 17, 2015 .
  4. Database entry in the Institute for Media and Communication Policy, see under basic data / legal form or daily newspapers , August 18, 2009
  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 )
  8. a b [1] , listing of all WAZ editorial offices.
  9. [2] , local page overview
  10. Boris R. Rosenkranz: WAZ is dismantling . On June 30, 2006 on taz.de