Dhe future two major regional newspapers in Saxony-Anhalt will be in one hand. The Cologne-based DuMont media group announced on Wednesday that it was selling the Halle-based “Mitteldeutsche Zeitung” to the Bauer Media Group from Hamburg. The Bauer publishing house already owns the Magdeburg "Volksstimme". Both newspapers sell around 150,000 copies each day. A medium double-digit million amount is rumored as the purchase price for the “Mitteldeutsche Zeitung”.
DuMont announced a year ago that it wanted to review the newspaper portfolio. The “Berliner Zeitung” went to the entrepreneurial couple Silke and Holger Friedrich, whose entry into the publishing business was soon overshadowed by the Stasi past of Holger Friedrich. DuMont no longer wants to sell the Cologne papers “Stadt-Anzeiger” and “Express”. The company plans to provide information about the future of the "Hamburger Morgenpost" at risk in January.
The Bauer Media Group does its business with magazines, from "Cosmopolitan" to "TV Movie". The Magdeburg "Volksstimme" is the only daily newspaper in the portfolio. It is all the more remarkable that publisher Yvonne Bauer is now buying another daily newspaper. Regional newspapers have recently been bought by major regional newspaper publishers such as Madsack or Ippen, each of which has a number of newspapers.
State politics sees sales with mixed feelings
In state politics, the sale of "Central Germans", which the Bundeskartellamt still has to agree with, is viewed with mixed feelings. After reunification, the then Foreign Minister, Hans-Dietrich Genscher, who was born in Halle, made a significant contribution to ensuring that the “Central German” came to DuMont while the “Volksstimme” went to Bauer. The poorly transparent process and the West German dominance led to reservations in the East German state at the time. However, there was rarely any reason to complain about the publishers. There are no complaints about interference with editorial freedom. The editors provide dedicated local reporting and closely follow the national politics.
However, the framework conditions today are particularly difficult in Saxony-Anhalt. At a meeting of the “Mitteldeutsche Zeitung”, employees were told on Wednesday that aging and high costs for sales are big burdens. You can no longer handle these loads alone. Now count size. However, the concerned, around 1,100 employees in total, were told nothing about who could make the savings. It is speculated that the administration could be affected. The supraregional part that the "Volksstimme" produces itself could also come into view. The "Mitteldeutsche" cooperates with Madsack's "Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland" (RND). The concern in the state capital Magdeburg now concerns the preservation of the barren press diversity in Saxony-Anhalt. "I regret that there will be no more pluralism at the publisher level," says Rainer Robra, head of the State Chancellery. "It is all the more important to maintain the editorial freedom of the two newspapers."
. (tagsToTranslate) Yvonne Bauer (t) Holger Friedrich (t) M. Dumont Schauberg (t) Bauer Media Group (t) Mitteldeutsche Zeitung (t) Berliner Zeitung (t) Hamburger Morgenpost