Mass media in Germany

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Mass media in Germany includes a variety of online, print, and broadcast formats, such as radio, television, newspapers, and magazines.


The modern printing press developed in Mainz in the 15th century, and its innovative technology spread quickly throughout Europe and the world. In the 20th century period prior and during World War II, mass media propaganda in Nazi Germany was prevalent. Since the 1980s a "dual system of public and commercial" broadcasting has replaced the previous public system.[1]



Many in Germany read the weekly Der Spiegel.[1]


As of 2015, widely read national newspapers include Süddeutsche Zeitung, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Die Welt, and Bild.[2] "Germans are voracious readers of newspapers and periodicals.... The economic state of Germany’s several hundred newspapers and thousands of periodicals is enviably healthy. Most major cities support two or more daily newspapers, in addition to community periodicals, and few towns of any size are without their own daily newspaper."[1]

Bild is the largest highest-selling newspaper in Germany. The paper is published from Monday to Saturday; on Sundays, its sister paper Bild am Sonntag ("Bild on Sunday") is published instead, which has a different style and its own editors. Bild is tabloid in style but broadsheet in size. It is the best-selling European newspaper and has the sixteenth-largest circulation worldwide.[3] Bild has been described as "notorious for its mix of gossip, inflammatory language, and sensationalism" and as having a huge influence on German politicians.[4] Its nearest English-language stylistic and journalistic equivalent is often considered to be the British national newspaper The Sun, the second-highest-selling European tabloid newspaper.[5][6][7]


The first "radio program in Germany was broadcast on October 29, 1923, in Berlin."[2]


Video games[edit]

The German video gaming market is one of the largest in the world.[8] The Gamescom in Cologne is the world's leading gaming convention.[9][non-primary source needed] Popular game series from Germany include Turrican, the Anno series, The Settlers series, the Gothic series, SpellForce, the FIFA Manager series, Far Cry and Crysis. Relevant game developers and publishers are Blue Byte, Crytek, Deep Silver, Kalypso Media, Piranha Bytes, Yager Development, and some of the largest social network game companies like Bigpoint, Gameforge, Goodgame and Wooga.[10]

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  1. ^ a b c "Germany: Media and Publishing". Retrieved 20 November 2017.
  2. ^ a b Wilke 2015.
  3. ^ Milosevic, Mira (2016). "World Press Trends 2016" (PDF). WAN-IFRA. p. 58. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 January 2018. Retrieved January 15, 2018.
  4. ^ Steininger, Michael (18 January 2012). "German tabloid Bild takes down politicians with its unmatched megaphone". The Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 22 March 2012.
  5. ^ Sex, Smut and Shock: Bild Zeitung Rules Germany Spiegel Online 25 April 2006
  6. ^ Gray, Sadie. "Germans equalise with penalty gibe in a shootout over sun loungers and clichés". The Times.
  7. ^ "Sport". The Daily Telegraph.[dead link]
  8. ^ Purchese, Robert (17 August 2009). "Germany's video game market". Archived from the original on 20 January 2013. Retrieved 4 March 2012.
  9. ^ "Press releases". gamescom Press Center. 2014. Archived from the original on 10 February 2015. Retrieved 26 March 2015.
  10. ^ "Made in Germany: The most important games from Germany (German)". PC Games Hardware. 27 November 2011. Retrieved 9 December 2014.
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