Die Presse

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Die Presse
Die Presse.svg
Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner(s) Styria Media Group AG
Publisher Die Presse Verlags-Gesellschaft m.b.H. & Co KG
Editor Rainer Nowak
Founded 1848; 166 years ago (1848)[note 1]
Political alignment Centre-right, Classical liberalism
Headquarters Vienna, Austria
Website diepresse.com

Die Presse is an Austrian daily broadsheet newspaper based in Vienna.[1]

History and profile[edit]

Die Presse was first printed on 3 July 1848 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[2] from 1921 until 1939, reestablished the newspaper as Die Presse.[3]

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.[4] The 2007 circulation of the daily was 85,200 copies.[5] Since 15 March 2009, it has also been operating a weekly newspaper under the name "Die Presse am Sonntag".[6] The daily covers half-page science news each day.[5]

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.[5][7]

The circulation of Die Presse was 120,363 copies in 2008 and 102,598 copies in 2009.[8] It was 97,091 copies in 2010.[8] The paper had a circulation of 74,032 copies in 2011.[9]


In 2009, reports claimed that the "Presse"'s long-time editor, Otto Schulmeister, had been working for the CIA in the 1960s and 1970s.[10][11]


  1. ^ Established as Die Presse in 1848, the staff split in 1864 to form the Neue Freie Presse, aryanized by the Nazis in 1938 and effectively closed in 1939, reestablished as Die Presse in 1946 after the Second World War."Die Presse - Die Geschichte". Archived from the original on 6 February 2014. 


  1. ^ "Biotechnology" (Report). EU. 31 May 2002. Retrieved 5 October 2013. 
  2. ^ "Die Neugründung nach dem Zweiten Weltkrieg". Archived from the original on 16 October 2007. 
  3. ^ "Die Presse - Die Geschichte". Archived from the original on 6 February 2014. 
  4. ^ Media Analyse
  5. ^ a b c "Science News ? Overview of Science Reporting in the EU". EU. 2007. Retrieved 5 October 2013. 
  6. ^ "Der Sonntag hat eine neue Qualität "Die Presse am Sonntag"". Die Presse. 31 March 2010. Retrieved 13 August 2011. 
  7. ^ "Communicating Europe: Austria Manual". European Stability Initiative. 12 December 2007. Retrieved 12 October 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "National newspapers total circulation". International Federation of Audit Bureaux of Circulations. Retrieved 2 December 2014. 
  9. ^ Paul C. Murschetz (25 January 2014). State Aid for Newspapers: Theories, Cases, Actions. Springer Science & Business Media. p. 134. ISBN 978-3-642-35691-9. Retrieved 2 December 2014. 
  10. ^ "Salzburger Nachrichten". Salzburg. Retrieved 13 August 2011. 
  11. ^ "Die Presse (Austrian newspaper)". Britannica Online Encyclopedia. Retrieved 13 August 2011. 

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