Berliner Kurier

The Berliner Kurier is a tabloid newspaper from Berlin, which appears in the Berlin publishing house. The Berliner Kurier is widespread in the eastern districts of Berlin. From the readers of the paper live alone 185,000 in the East and 37,000 in the city center ( Media Analysis 2004). In Berlin, the total daily circulation of 99 346 copies currently.

From 1949 to 1990, the newspaper was called the BZ in the evening.

History of Newspapers

The first issue was published on 15 July 1949 under the name of BZ in the evening in Berlin Verlag GmbH. 1953 BZ was the evening subordinate to the Central Committee of the SED. As the editor continued to advocate at the Berlin publishing house. She was, however, the SED press monopoly Act. The BZ evening was long the only evening and street vending newspaper of the GDR. By the end of the GDR it had a daily circulation of about 200,000.

After the fall of the Berlin Wall took over in 1990, the magazine publisher Gruner Jahr together with the publisher Robert Maxwell the Berliner Verlag and thus the BZ in the evening and the Berliner Zeitung. From the BZ in the evening the Berliner Kurier BZ was also to avoid confusion with the competitors from the West,

Following the decision of the parent company Bertelsmann, to confine itself to its core competencies, Gruner and Jahr began to separate himself from his newspaper holdings. The publishing group Georg von Holtzbrinck, until then, been active with the Tagesspiegel in the Berlin market, trying to take over the Berlin publishing house in June 2002. This acquisition was prohibited by the Federal Cartel Office. A complaint to the publisher before the Higher Regional Court of Dusseldorf was rejected. Holtzbrinck handed then appealed to the Bundesgerichtshof. Formally, the publisher still was thus Bertelsmann subsidiary Gruner and year, it sold in 2005 to the German newspaper Holding BV, which belonged to Mecom Group. On 12 January 2009, the over-indebted Mecom Group sold the publishing of the Cologne media group M. DuMont.

Support development

The Berliner Kurier has lost heavily in recent years to support. Paid circulation has declined by 44.9 percent since 1998. The proportion of subscribers is about 20 percent.

Development of sold copies


  • Wieland Sandmann (1990-1996)
  • Adolf K. Schwaner (1997-2000)
  • Caroline Methner (2000-2003)
  • Hans -Peter Buschheuer (since 2003)