The Media in the German Speaking Countries

National Newspapers

The liberal Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ) is one of the largest dailies published in German. With a circulation of approximately 450.000, the Munich-based SZ reaches over 1.1 million readers daily.

The more conservative Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) is published daily with approximately 400,000 copies in Frankfurt am Main. The Sunday edition is the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung.

Die Welt is published daily in Berlin by the Axel Springer AG company with approximately 250,000 copies. Its editorial stance is conservative.

The progressive Frankfurter Rundschau (FR) is published daily in Frankfurt am Main and has a circulation of approximately 190,000 copies.

The liberal Tagesspiegel is published daily in Berlin with approximately 150,000 copies.

The cooperative-owned daily die tageszeitung (taz) is based in Berlin. It understands itself as an alternative to the mainstream press and has a circulation of approximately 70,000 copies.

The largest Austrian daily, the liberal Der Standard is published in Tulln with about 100,000 copies.

Die Presse is Austria's most important conservative newspaper. It is based in Vienna and has a circulation of approximately 100,000 copies daily.

The Tages-Anzeiger (TA) is based in Zurich and reaches around 230,000 readers daily. Although politically and economically independent, the TA's political stance is generally characterized as being left of the middle.

The liberal Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ) is one of the oldest newspapers still published (since 1780). The NZZ is based in Zurich and has a circulation of approximately 160,000.

Die Zeit is the most widely read German weekly newspaper. It is published in Hamburg (circulation approximately 475,000 copies) and enjoys a high reputation for its quality journalism. Its political direction is centrist to social liberal,

The Bild-Zeitung is a German daily tabloid newspaper published by Axel Springer AG. It is the best-selling newspaper in Europe and has the third-largest circulation worldwide (approximately 4,000,000). 

News Magazines

Der Spiegel is Europe's biggest and Germany's most influential weekly magazine, published in Hamburg with a circulation of approximately 1,000,000. It is known for its distinctive, academic writing style and its incredible heft.

Der Stern is published weekly in Hamburg with approximately 1,000,000 copies. Known for its excellent photographic coverage of stories, Stern is considered intellectually inferior to its main rival, Der Spiegel.

The weekly news magazine Focus was launched in 1993 as a direct competition to Der Spiegel. Published in Munich with approximately 80,000 copies, is considered politically conservative and economic liberal.

Profil is one of the most important Austria's news magazines. It is published weekly in Vienna and has a circulation of about 100,000 copies. 


ARD is the joint organization of Germany's regional public broadcasting agencies. The ARD produce the principle publicly owned television channel Das Erste.

The ZDF (Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen) is the second public German television channel, based in Mainz.

The ORF (Österreichischer Rundfunk) is the national public service broadcaster. Based in Vienna, it dominates the Austrian media.

The SRG SSR idée suisse, located in Berne, is the Swiss public broadcasting organization.

3sat is the cultural network run by ARD, ZDF, ORF and SRG.

ARTE is a Franco-German TV network, which aims to promote quality programming related to the world of arts and culture.

KI.KA (Kinderkanal) is a public, non-commercial children's TV channel based in Erfurt.

The RTL Group, owned by the German media conglomerate Bertelsmann, is Europe's largest TV, radio and production company. The primary channel of its German television stations is RTL based in Cologne.

The ProSiebenSat.1 Group is a media conglomerate based in Berlin which owns the popular German broadcasting stations ProSieben and Sat.1


Deutschlandradio is a national German public radio broadcaster. It operates two national networks, Deutschlandfunk and Deutschlandradio Kultur.

The Deutsche Welle or DW is Germany's international broadcaster, similar to international broadcasters such as the BBC World Service, Voice of America, and Radio France Internationale.