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description German daily newspaper
publishing company Funke Medien NRW GmbH
First edition 1946
Frequency of publication Monday to Saturday
Sold edition 115,239 copies
(taz, July 2009)
Editor-in-chief Jost Lübben
Web link www.wp.de

The Westfalenpost (WP) is a regional daily newspaper in South Westphalia . The central editorial office is in Hagen . The WP first appeared in Soest in 1946 with a license from the British military government . The publisher is Westfalenpost GmbH & Co Verlags-KG, which is 100 percent owned by Funke Mediengruppe , formerly WAZ-Mediengruppe. The editor-in-chief is Jost Lübben , who replaced Stefan Hans Kläsener in this position at the beginning of February 2015 . The paper is marketed with the motto “Voice of Home, Echo of the World”. The circulation is not shown separately within the newspapers that belong to the Funke media group in North Rhine-Westphalia. According to media reports, the circulation sold in July 2009 was 115,239 copies, but in view of the well above-average decrease in circulation for the entire group, it is now much lower.


The distribution area of ​​the WP includes the independent city of Hagen as well as the districts of Olpe , Siegen-Wittgenstein , Soest (without local edition for the city of Soest) and the Hochsauerlandkreis , the Ennepe-Ruhr-Kreis and the Märkischen Kreis . There are 18 local editorial offices. Compared to the sister paper Westfälische Rundschau , with which the WP appeared in parallel in most cities until 2009, it is considered conservative . In large parts of the Sauerland , the Westfalenpost is the only local daily newspaper (single newspaper circles ).


The edition of the Westfalenpost is reported by the Funke Mediengruppe only together with the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung (WAZ), Neue Ruhr Zeitung / Neue Rhein Zeitung (NRZ) 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. The share of subscriptions in the circulation sold is 92.5 percent.

Development of the number of copies sold


Since 1958 there was a contract with the Ruhr Nachrichten (RN) in Dortmund about an advertising and sales community, but especially about the fact that the WP, with the exception of the local parts, took over all editorial pages of the RN. The contract was limited to 15 years. From 1973, the cover part with politics, economy and culture was obtained from the Kölnische Rundschau . In 1980, the rebuilding of a central editorial office for the WP sparked debates throughout Germany in journalism and publishing. In the future, too, the WP wants to be the only WAZ newspaper in North Rhine-Westphalia to keep an independent cover section. According to the publisher, she is developing the special model of a local newspaper for South Westphalia, which will be implemented in print from September 21, 2009. They want to make a newspaper offer tailored to the special circumstances of a rural region. This also includes our own jacket production. Local content should be included even more strongly in classic shell areas, for example on the front page or a partially localized children's page.

Jürgen Tomicek became known through the Westfalenpost. He has been delivering political caricatures for the newspaper almost every day since the early 1980s and is one of the most widely printed caricaturists in Germany.

Once a week, the Westfalenpost, like the other daily newspapers of the Funke media group, includes the program guide rtv.

On August 1, 1967, the Westfalenpost stopped its local editions in Lüdenscheid , Altena , Paderborn , Büren and in the Ennepe-Ruhr district (south). The local editorial offices in Iserlohn , Letmathe and Hemer were given up at the end of 1989. On July 1, 2009 the editorial offices in Werl and in the founding city of Soest were closed. In February 2019, the Funke media group announced that it would discontinue the local edition of the Westfalenpost in Warstein .


  • Dagmar Gaßdorf (Red.): Expedition WP. 60 years of Westfalenpost . Westfalenpost, Hagen 2006, 184 pp.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. a b Steffen Grimberg: Readers don't like a uniform porridge , in: the daily newspaper , August 21, 2009
  2. Funke-Mediengruppe Funke-Medien-G 850 (WAZ + NRZ + WP + WR) + IKZ (Mon-Sat) , accessed on February 6, 2015
  3. ^ Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung : WAZ Group. After the mines, the newspapers die . 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."
  4. derwesten.de
  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. Heidi Dürr: Partner exchange on the Ruhr . In: Die Zeit , No. 15/1972
  9. bdzv.de
  10. Withdrawal for economic reasons - closings of local editorial offices are not a modern invention . newsroom.de, December 18, 2012; accessed on January 21, 2016
  11. [ https://www.funkemedien.de/de/presse/medienmitteilungen/news/Mehr-als-eine-Reststrukturierung-FUNKE-MEDIENGRUPPE- stellen-Regional-und-Lokalmedien-neu-auf/ More than restructuring: FUNKE MEDIENGRUPPE reorganizes regional and local media] Press release of the Funke media group from February 7th, 2019

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