The evening paper, short- AZ, is a Munich-based tabloid.

History and Concept

By Ernest Langendorf of the press control authority of the American occupation forces, the initiative came establishing the evening newspaper. Werner Friedmann, who had already received a license for the Süddeutsche Zeitung, was used by the Americans on 16 June 1948 as chief editor. The plan was the evening paper as street vending newspaper. The aim was to create an in Munich anchored tabloid that also appeals to intellectual circles. In consequence, the evening newspaper has today, for example, a (compared to other tabloids ) unusually extensive cultural part and much longer texts.

The Nuremberg edition was created through the acquisition of local, 1918, first published in 8- clock - sheet in the 1960s. The evening paper also experimented, albeit unsuccessfully, to spending for Stuttgart and Augsburg. In the 1970s, the output of a styled after the Bild am Sonntag Sunday newspaper failed with the title AZ.

Publishers are now Anneliese Friedmann and John Friedmann, the wife and son of the founder. CEO is since November 2009 Dieter Schmitt, editor in chief since 2008 Arno Makowsky. The main distribution area of the national newspaper circulating in Munich and the adjacent parts of Upper Bavaria. The political position of the blade is considered to be liberal.

In the 1980s, the AZ was the subject of the television series Kir Royal, whose screenplay Helmut Dietl wrote with Patrick Süskind.

The AZ -Verlag has left its traditional home in the Sendlingerstraße in September 2008; on the plot, the shopping arcade farmstead was built. The new office is located at Rundfunkplatz 4

By 2008, the evening paper had missed all developments in the newspaper industry. The acquisition of the Editorial Board by the experienced local journalists Munich Arno Makowsky should change this trend. The newspaper was again consistently to the local paper with a focus on sports and culture. Over several years, a website was created with recycled for online publication content.

In February 2010 it was announced that the publisher, the Nuremberg edition of the evening paper and the associated advertising journal The Franks report on regional media, a company of the Nuremberg phone book publisher and radio entrepreneur Gunther Oschmann sold. A close cooperation between the two editions in Munich and Nuremberg is to be preserved for the future. The title is to be retained, the jacket part be based in Munich. The Federal Cartel Office granted approval for the proposed acquisition of control on 27 January 2010 on 1 March 2010.

Because " economic difficulties " the Board decided in March 2010 to reduce the number of employees in editorial and publishing considerably. Thus, should be dismantled in the newsroom 22 of 80 points total should be affected by the job cuts, according to the Süddeutsche Zeitung, 40 of 90 employees. In November 2010 strengthened the AZ their local editor for Munich. The new head of department is Michael Schilling, his deputies are Timo Lokoschat and Thomas Müller. Tina Angerer took over the newly created position of chief reporter in the local section.

The evening edition of the newspaper sold Nuremberg went back to 2012 to 14,000 daily copies sold. On September 27, 2012 was Managing Director Roland Finn the end of the Nuremberg edition September 29 known; 35 employees lost their jobs.

On March 5, 2014, the evening paper to file for bankruptcy. Since 2004/2005, the publisher has made losses of around 70 million euros, of which 10 million alone in 2013. Revenues from the sale of the former editorial office within the Sendlingerstraße the Nuremberg evening paper were thus completely depleted. The owner's family has not been in a position to bear the losses further.


  • Walter Tschuppik ( 1948-1949 )
  • Rudolf Heizler ( 1949-1961 )
  • Udo pita ( 1961-1986 )
  • Uwe Zimmer (1987 to 2000)
  • Kurt Röttgen (2000 to 2005)
  • Michael Radtke (2005 to 2007)
  • Arno Makowsky (since 2008)


Among the most famous authors of the evening newspaper included Sigi Sommer, who wrote more than 3,500 columns 1949-1987, Dorothea Federschmidt, long feuilleton boss and first woman ever on the editorial board of AZ, and Werner Meyer, who was for 37 years chief reporter of the sheet. Regular columns review currently Christian Ude, comedian Django Asül, comedienne Lisa Fitz, writer Joseph von Westphalen, society reporter Michael Graeter and film critic Ponkie. Appear daily in the local section of the newspaper a drawing by Franziska Bilek.

One of the former employees of AZ include Helmut Fischer, Nils von der Heyde, Erich Böhme, Bernd Dost, Peter goggle, Hans- Jürgen Jakobs, Sebastian Borger, Karsten Peters, Michael Jürgs, Arno Luik, Frank Plasberg, Marie Waldburg Jan -Eric Peters, Andreas Petzold, Rafael Seligmann and Claus Strunz.


For over 40 years, organized the evening paper with the Bayerischer Rundfunk, the charity Circus of the Stars.

When the action " A fountain for Dangona " is a long term project of the Bavarian Red Cross and AZ for improving the water supply of the village Dangona in Niger State.


In recent years, the Munich newspaper - like almost all other daily newspapers in Germany - lost much of its support. The paid circulation of Munich edition is currently 105 751 copies and remained stable in recent years. The edition of the Nuremberg edition in the third quarter of 2012, 13,186 copies.

In 1998, paid circulation still at about 157,000 copies. The number of subscribers declined from 1998 to 2013 of about 50,000 to about 35,000, remained in the past few years, but stable. It is striking for a tabloid newspaper that a comparatively large part of the edition is sold through subscriptions and readership reached a relatively high income and education level.

Development of sold copies

Distribution of daily newspapers in Munich