Münchner Merkur

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Münchner Merkur
Münchner Merkur
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Dirk Ippen, Alfons Döser
PublisherMünchener Zeitungs-Verlag GmbH & Co. KG
EditorBettina Bäumlisberger
Founded13 November 1946 (1946-11-13)
Political alignmentconservative

The Münchner Merkur (German pronunciation: [ˈmy:nxne:r me:rku:r], literally "Munich Mercury") is a German Bavarian daily subscription newspaper, which is published from Monday to Saturday. It is located in Munich and belongs to the Müncher Merkur/tz media group. The paid circulation of the Münchner Merkur is 271.335 copies.[1]


The Merkur was the second newspaper after the Süddeutsche Zeitung which was allowed to be published in Munich. 1968 the subsidiary tz was brought onto the market as a tabloid.

The first edition of what was initially named Münchner Mittag ("Munich Noon"), was released on 13 November 1946 through a licence of the American military government.[2][3] One of the founding members and publishers was Felix Buttersack.

In 1982, the Westphalian publisher Dirk Ippen purchased the Munich newspaper group including the newspapers Münchner Merkur and tz.

Every year since 1996, readers of the Münchner Merkur have been voting for the winner of the Merkur-Theaterpreis (Merkur-theatre-prize).

Chief editors[edit]

  • 1948–1963: Felix Buttersack
  • 1963–1973: Kurt Wessel
  • 1973–1975: Franz Wördemann
  • 1975–1983: Paul Pucher
  • 1983–1995: Werner Giers
  • 1995–2000: Peter Fischer (Journalist, 1939)|Peter Fischer
  • 2000–2000: Monika Zimmermann
  • 2000–2002: Wilhelm Christbaum
  • 2001–2007: Ernst Hebeker
  • 2007–2013: Karl Schermann
  • since 2014: Bettina Bäumlisberger[4]


Münchner Merkur has recorded 971.000 total readers, 488.000 of them male and 483.000 female readers.

Germany's national subscription papers read in Bavaria
No. Newspaper Readers
1 Münchner Merkur 937.000   
2 Süddeutsche Zeitung 847.000    
3 Nürnburger Nachrichten 794.000   
4 Augsburger Allgemeine 723.000   
5 Passauer Neue Presse 437.000   
6 Main-Post 419.000   



  1. ^ "Werbeträgerdaten - Presseerzeugnisse". Daten.ivw.eu. Retrieved 2015-05-07.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-07-09. Retrieved 2012-07-09.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Haus der Bayerischen Geschichte - Bildarchiv". Hdbg.de. Retrieved 2015-05-07.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Bettina Bäumlisberger wird Chefin des "Münchner Merkur"". Spiegel.de. 8 October 2013. Retrieved 4 December 2014.
  5. ^ "Wirtschaftsraum Muchen - Oberbayern : 2013/4" (PDF). Merkur.de. Retrieved 2015-05-07.

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