NEWS (Austrian magazine)

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Editor-in-chief Peter Pelinka
Categories News magazine
Frequency Weekly
Circulation 135,875 (2013)
Year founded 1992
First issue October 1992
Company Gruner + Jahr
Country Austria
Based in Vienna
Language German
Website NEWS

NEWS is an Austrian weekly news magazine published in German and based in Vienna, Austria. The weekly is the major news magazine in the country.[1]

History and profile[edit]

NEWS magazine was established by Helmut and Wolfgang Fellner and was first published in October 1992.[2][3][4] The Verlagsgruppe NEWS was the publisher of the magazine which is published weekly.[5][6] The Fellner brothers sold the magazine to Gruner + Jahr,[7][8] a subsidiary of Bertelsmann.[9]

NEWS covers entertainment and life style topics[10] as well as news on current affairs, politics and culture.[11]

In the 1990s Senta Ziegler served as the editor-in-chief of the magazine.[12] Until 2008 Andreas Weber was the editor-in-chief of the weekly.[5] Then Atha Athanasiadis served as the editor-in-chief of the NEWS magazine from 2008 to February 2010.[13] The editor-in-chief of the magazine is Peter Pelinka who was appointed to the post in February 2010.[14] Corinna Milborn and Silvia Meister are the deputy editors of the weekly.[14]


The 1993 circulation of NEWS was more than 200,000 copies.[4] The market share of the magazine was 19.3% in 2000.[15] The magazine had a circulation of 254,000 copies in 2003.[6] Its readership in 2005 was about 14%, making it the first in its category.[16] In 2007 the magazine had a circulation of 285,000 copies.[17]

For the first half of 2008 the magazine had a circulation of 125,710 copies.[18] It was the third best-selling magazine in the country in 2008.[19] The circulation of the magazine was 215,000 copies in 2010.[20] The 2012 circulation of the magazine was 125.751 copies[7] and it was 135,875 copies in the first half of 2013.[11]


In June 2005, NEWS was fined by an Austrian court following its publication of then Finance Minister Karl Heinz Grasser's photos kissing Fiona Swarovski, an heiress of the Swarovski crystal dynasty.[21]

See also[edit]

List of magazines in Austria


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  2. ^ Martina Thiele. "Press freedom and pluralism in Europe" (PDF). Intellect Books. Retrieved 6 October 2013. 
  3. ^ Paul Krauskopf (1 October 2006). "The New Österreich". The Vienna Review. Retrieved 6 October 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Austria". Country Studies. Retrieved 16 August 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Katja Böttcher (4 September 2008). "Editorial changes at Verlagsgruppe NEWS". Media Bulletin. Retrieved 5 October 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "Media Markets: Austria Country Overview". Russian Telecom. August 2004. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  7. ^ a b "World of media. Austria". G + J. Retrieved 5 October 2013. 
  8. ^ Georgios Terzis, ed. (2007). European Media Governance: National and Regional Dimensions. Intellect Books. p. 64. ISBN 978-1-84150-192-5. 
  9. ^ Paul Murschetz; Matthias Karmasin (2013). "Austria: Press Subsidies in Search of a New Design". In Paul Murschetz. State Aid for Newspapers. Berlin Heidelberg: Springer Science & Business Media. ISBN 978-3-642-35691-9. Retrieved 30 December 2014. 
  10. ^ Mary Kelly; Gianpietro Mazzoleni; Denis McQuail, eds. (31 January 2004). The Media in Europe: The Euromedia Handbook. SAGE Publications. p. 5. ISBN 978-0-7619-4131-6. 
  11. ^ a b "List of represented titles. Magazines" (PDF). Publicitas International AG. Retrieved 29 October 2014. 
  12. ^ "The Rules of Media Etiquette". Herbig. Retrieved 8 October 2013. 
  13. ^ Frizzi Seltmann (25 February 2010). "Austrian magazine NEWS appoints new editorship". Media Bulletin. Retrieved 5 October 2013. 
  14. ^ a b "Peter Pelinka is the New Editor-in-Chief of NEWS Magazine". Publicitas. 24 February 2010. Retrieved 5 October 2013. 
  15. ^ "Austria". Press Reference. Retrieved 7 October 2013. 
  16. ^ Günter Bischof; Fritz Plasser (January 2008). The Changing Austrian Voter. Transaction Publishers. p. 133. ISBN 978-1-4128-1932-9. 
  17. ^ Anne Austin et. al. (2008). "Western Europe Market & Media Fact" (PDF). ZenithOptimedia. Retrieved 8 April 2015. 
  18. ^ "Austria: New circulation figures for the 1st half 2008". Publicitas. 20 August 2008. Retrieved 8 October 2013. 
  19. ^ Thomas Hochwarterlump (3 March 2009). "Der Standard extends its readership as Die Presse's numbers slump". Austrian Times. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  20. ^ "Western Europe Media Facts. 2011 Edition" (PDF). ZenithOptimedia. Retrieved 6 March 2016. 
  21. ^ "Austrian court fines magazine for publishing photos of finance minister kissing heiress". Associated Press. Vienna. 8 June 2005. Retrieved 5 October 2013.  – via Highbeam (subscription required)

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