|This article may be expanded with text translated from the corresponding article in the German Wikipedia. (October 2011)|
The Mitteldeutsche Zeitung (Central German Newspaper) is a regional daily newspaper for southern Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. Published in Halle with several local versions, the paper is owned by M. DuMont Schauberg, Cologne.
The MZ's circulation in 2011 (second quarter) was 208,721. The newspaper's publishing company, Mitteldeutschen Druck- und Verlagshaus GmbH und Co. KG, is also divided into several subsidiary companies, including the call center MZ-Dialog and the printing/publishing house Aroprint in Bernburg.
The MZ's forerunner, Die Freiheit (Freedom), was first published on 16 April 1946 as an organ of the ruling SED in East Germany. On 17 March 1990, the Mitteldeutsche Zeitung was first published, in the year of German reunification.
The Mitteldeutsche Zeitung is usually the only regional newspaper available where it is sold. In its area of circulation, mainly concentrated in the southern part of Saxony-Anhalt, the MZ has no competition from other regional dailies. The Magdeburg Volksstimme is circulated according to former GDR regional borders and does not overlap with the MZ, although the Volksstimme is sometimes sold against the Altmark Zeitung in the Altmark. Ninety-six percent of all local newspapers in Saxony-Anhalt are effectively unopposed by others.
Local editions 
- SaaleKurier, Halle (Saale)
- AnhaltKurier, Dessau-Roßlau
- Ascherslebener Zeitung, Aschersleben
- Bernburger Kurier, Bernburg (Saale)
- Bitterfelder Zeitung, Bitterfeld-Wolfen
- ElbeKurier, Wittenberg
- Jessener Land, Jessen (Elster)
- Köthener Zeitung, Köthen
- Neuer Landbote, Merseburg
- Mansfelder Zeitung, Eisleben
- Quedlinburger Harz Bote, Quedlinburg
- Sangerhäuser Zeitung, Sangerhausen
- Weißenfelser Zeitung, Weißenfels
- Zeitzer Zeitung, Zeitz
- Naumburger Tageblatt, Naumburg
Further reading 
- Von der „Freiheit“ zur Mitteldeutschen Zeitung, Mitteldeutsches Druck- und Verlagshaus (editor), 1997
- Elizabeth Moore: Never the twain? „Ossies“ and „Wessies“ in a German newsroom. (Mitteldeutsche Zeitung, a former East German newspaper now under West German ownership) in Columbia Journalism Review, 1 Jul 1993
- According to IVW, second quarter 2011 Mon-Sat; see IVW: Mitteldeutsches Druck- und Verlagshaus GmbH & Co. KG (Halle)
- Walter J. Schütz: Deutsche Tagespresse 2006, in Media Perspektiven, 11/2007, pp560–588