Hamburger Abendblatt

The Hamburg Evening Gazette is a daily newspaper in Hamburg, Axel Springer AG. The evening paper appears Mondays to Saturdays each morning and scored a paid circulation of 197 940 copies.

The editorial focus is on reports from Hamburg and the surrounding area. However, for the regions Norderstedt, Ahrensburg, Harburg, Pinneberg, Lüneburg and Stade are produced regional supplements and also sold in the corresponding partial runs. The political orientation is slightly conservative. How many dominant local newspapers they tried to put forward an opinion from the mainstream of society. Nevertheless, the appearing Comments can be described as pluralistic. During the election campaign in 2001, after decades no longer the SPD presented the mayor for the first time, was accused of the evening paper to have the CDU supports.

Evening paper authors have won many prestigious journalism awards, including the Theodor Wolff Prize (Jan Haarmeyer, Barbara Harding House, Miriam Opresnik, Özlem Topcu ), the Guardian Award of the German daily press ( Christian Denso, Marion Girke ) and the German reporter price ( Antje wind man). In 2008, the evening paper was awarded by the Konrad -Adenauer -Stiftung for the "best editorial total power " German local newspapers.

Always Saturdays of the column " City Hall Week", in which the daily business in the City Hall is most critically analyze and comment appears.


Four Hamburg newspapers had previously the word " evening paper " in the title, including a hamburger evening paper, which had been founded on May 2, 1820.

On October 14, 1948, the first evening paper after the Second World War was published with a circulation of 60,000. Axel Springer was awarded the Hamburg Senate under Mayor Max Brauer a license. The evening paper was thus the first daily newspaper in Germany, which received a " German " license and was not licensed by the Allied authorities. Since the establishment of a quote by the Hamburg poet Gorch Fock is (actually Johann Kinau ) " embrace the world with the home in the heart " is used as an advertising slogan. After half a year every day 170,000 copies have already been printed.

After it was delivered until the 1970s in the afternoon, it will be delivered in the early morning hours. Due to the late Andrucktermins is, reports on important current events that take place in the evening hours (like football games) already in the issue the next day.

From October 2006 to February 2007 there was also a Sunday edition, which was regarded as a defensive measure against a starting November 5, 2006, edited Sunday edition of the Hamburger Morgenpost. Due to lack of feedback, the Sunday edition was soon set and officially declared as " market test ". Already in the 1950s there was a Sunday edition of the Hamburg evening paper, but after a short time became the Bild am Sonntag.

Since 2009, regional content of the website of the evening paper are chargeable.

On 26 October 2012, the publishing house Axel Springer announced with those of the leaves The world and Berliner Morgenpost merge the editorial staff of the Hamburg evening paper still in front of the year. The main editorial was based in Berlin. In Hamburg, then only remained a local newsroom exist, which is to supply the three newspapers with Hamburg -related topics. This can also be seen in the context of the five-year warranty location for Hamburg, which was given at the Berlin parade the Bild newspaper and expired on 30 June 2013.

In July 2013 it was announced that the evening paper program and women's magazines, like the Berliner Morgenpost and Springer sold to spark media group. This sale is expected to take effect on 1 January 2014.

Support development

The Hamburg evening paper has as many German newspapers lost heavily in recent years to support. Paid circulation has declined by 36 percent since 1998. The proportion of subscriptions on paid circulation is approximately 75 percent.

Development of sold copies


  • Wilhelm Schulze, 1948-1952
  • Otto Siemer, 1952-1965
  • Martin Saller, 1965-1969
  • Werner Titzrath, 1969-1983
  • Klaus Korn, 1983-1989
  • Peter Kruse, 1989-2001
  • Menso Heyl, 2001-2008
  • Claus Strunz, 2008 to June 2011
  • Lars Haider, from July 2011