|Owner(s)||Styria Media Group AG|
|Publisher||Die Presse Verlags-Gesellschaft m.b.H. & Co KG|
|Political alignment||Right wing, Classical liberalism|
Die Presse was first printed on 1848-07-03 as a liberal (libertarian)-bourgeois newspaper within the meaning of the revolutions of 1848 by the entrepreneur August Zang. Its staff split in 1864 under the leadership of Max Friedländer, Michael Etienne and Adolf Werthner to form the Neue Freie Presse, which later was aryanized by the Nazis in 1938 and effectively closed in 1939. In 1946, after the Second World War, resistance fighter Ernst Molden, who had been Vice-Editor-in-Chief of the Neue Freie Presse from 1921 until 1939, reestablished the newspaper as Die Presse.
The paper covers general news topics. It is frequently quoted in international media concerning news from Austria. It is the leading Austrian daily newspaper, though not the largest, with around 260,000 readers. The 2007 circulation of the daily was 85,200 copies. Since 15 March 2009, it has also been operating a weekly newspaper under the name "Die Presse am Sonntag". The daily covers half-page science news each day.
The "Presse" had been struggling for financial survival for a long time, until during the 1960s, the Austrian Chamber of Commerce became the main shareholder. Since 1999, it has been owned by the Styria Medien AG, a conservative-liberal media group founded by the Catholic Church.[dubious ]
The political position of the "Die Presse" can be described as classical liberal, with a strong emphasis on free-market economy and small government, traditionally opposing Austria's grand coalition and its neocorporatist tendencies. It therefore stands in contrast to other Austrian newspapers of quality including the more conservative Wiener Zeitung and the leftist Der Standard. Emphasis is put on the 1848 revolution as the beginning of its tradition as a liberal newspaper, citing it in its slogan "Free since 1848". In 2007, the editor-in-chief of the daily was Michael Fleischhacker who had been appointed to the post in 2004.
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