Axel Springer AG
Axel Springer AG is one of the largest multimedia companies in Europe
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, with more than 11,500 employees and with annual revenues of about
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2.9 billion. The Company is active in a total of 36 countries, including Hungary
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, Poland
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, the Czech Republic
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, Russia
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 and Germany
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, France
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, Spain
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, Switzerland
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. It has more than 230 newspapers and magazines, more than 80 online offerings as well as holdings in television and radio stations.

It was started in 1946/1947 by journalist Axel Springer
Axel Springer
Axel Springer , was a German journalist and the founder and owner of the Axel Springer AG publishing company.-Early life:...

. Its current CEO is Mathias Döpfner
Mathias Döpfner
Mathias Döpfner , is Chief Executive Officer of German media group Axel Springer AG.-Family:Mathias Döpfner grew up in Offenbach am Main. His mother was a housewife and his father Dieter C...

. The Axel Springer company is the largest publishing house in Europe and controls the largest share of the German market for daily newspapers; 23.6%, largely because its flagship tabloid Bild is the highest-circulation newspaper in Europe with a daily readership in excess of 12 million.

Newspapers, magazines, online offerings

The media offerings of Axel Springer AG are clustered in: current news, TV program information, autos, sports, computers and consumer electronics, as well as women and lifestyle.

Selection of publications

  • Die Welt
    Die Welt
    Die Welt is a German national daily newspaper published by the Axel Springer AG company.It was founded in Hamburg in 1946 by the British occupying forces, aiming to provide a "quality newspaper" modelled on The Times...

    , the intellectual flagship of the company
  • Bild, newspaper with the largest circulation in Europe
  • Auto Bild
    Auto Bild
    Auto Bild is a leading German automobile magazine. It is published by Axel Springer AG, and first appeared in 1986.AUTO BILD with its worldwide licensed editions, of which more than 7 million copies are sold every month, is published in 36 countries. Foreign editions include France's Auto Plus...

    , automobile magazine with the largest circulation in Europe
  • Audio Video Foto Bild, magazine for consumer electronics
  • Computer Bild, published in nine countries, is Europe's best-selling computer magazine
  • Sport Bild
    Sport Bild
    Sport Bild is a German sports weekly published every Wednesday. According to its publisher it is Europe's biggest sports magazine with a circulation of almost half million copies....

    , published in many countries, is Europe's biggest sport magazine
  •, the biggest Czech internet car portal including, starting in Slovakia and Poland as well
  • Fakt, the biggest daily tabloid in Poland
  • Hamburger Abendblatt
    Hamburger Abendblatt
    The Hamburger Abendblatt is a daily newspaper in Hamburg, Germany, published by Axel Springer AG. The paper used to appear Monday through Saturday only, but since 29 October 2006 it has also published a Sunday edition to compete with the Hamburger Morgenpost's introduction of a Sunday edition...

    , local newspaper
  • Berliner Morgenpost
    Berliner Morgenpost
    Berliner Morgenpost is a German newspaper, based and mainly read in Berlin, where it is the second most read daily newspaper. Founded in 1898 by Leopold Ullstein, it was taken over by Axel Springer AG in 1959. The paper had a circulation of 145,556 issues in 2009, with an estimated 322,000 readers...

    , local newspaper
  • B.Z.
    B.Z. (newspaper)
    B.Z. is a German tabloid newspaper, published in Berlin by Ullstein-Verlag, a subsidiary of Axel Springer AG. As of 2010, it has a circulation of around 200,000....

    , local newspaper
  • Hörzu
    Hörzu is a German weekly television listings magazine published by Axel Springer. The magazine first appeared in 1946 as the first radio program magazine to be produced in what was then the British zone of occupation...

    , the oldest still existing TV program information magazine in Germany
  • Dziennik Gazeta Prawna, the intellectual flagship of the company in Poland
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  • Watchmi, a personalized TV content discovery system
  • Musikexpress, a monthly music magazine
  • and the German edition of the Rolling Stone
    Rolling Stone
    Rolling Stone is a US-based magazine devoted to music, liberal politics, and popular culture that is published every two weeks. Rolling Stone was founded in San Francisco in 1967 by Jann Wenner and music critic Ralph J...

In addition, the company is active in the online marketing business with its shares in zanox, Digital Window and is an affiliate network that was acquired by Digital Window on March 1, 2010 having previously been owned by AOL. It is based in the United Kingdom....

 and owns several classified advertising online platforms such as the online career site StepStone
Stepstone, originally named Productivity Products International , was a software company founded in 1983 by Brad Cox and Tom Love, best known for releasing the original version of the Objective-C programming language....

, the real estate marketing portal immonet and price comparising platform idealo
The company Idealo Internet GmbH is a price comparison service launched in Germany in 2000, and since bought by the Axel Springer AG publishing company. The headquarters are in Berlin, Germany. The Idealo website allows users to compare prices on a range of products from many shops.-History:The...



  • 1946: Publisher Hinrich Springer (66) and his son Axel (34) establish the limited company Axel Springer Verlag GmbH. Launch of the NORDWESTDEUTSCHE HEFTE and the radio and TV magazine HÖRZU.
  • 1948: Launch of the evening newspaper HAMBURGER ABENDBLATT, the first daily created by Axel Springer.
  • 1952: Launch of the popular daily BILD.
  • 1953: Axel Springer Verlag buys the publishing house DIE WELT, including the daily paper DIE WELT and the Sunday paper WELT am SONNTAG.
  • 1956: Company headquarters in Hamburg is built.
  • 1959: The company acquires the majority holding in Ullstein AG, including the Berlin newspapers BERLINER MORGENPOST and B.Z. and the Ullstein book-publishing business.
  • 1966: Official opening of the Berlin headquarters. Hamburg remains important site.
  • 1968: After the attack on the students' leader Rudi Dutschke on 11 April 1968 the APO (Extra-Parliamentary Opposition) starts acts of violence against the company.
  • 1972-73: Building of the offset-printing plant in Essen-Kettwig.
  • 1984: Official opening of the offset printing facility in Ahrensburg near Hamburg.
  • 1985: Axel Springer Verlag AG goes public.
  • 1986: The first licensed edition of AUTO BILD comes out in Italy. Other licensed editions and joint venture publications later appear in twenty European countries, Indonesia and Thailand.
  • 1993: Official opening of the offset printing works in Berlin-Spandau.
  • 2001: Axel Springer and T-Online establish a joint subsidiary AG.
  • 2002: Launch of
  • 2003: Name is changed to Axel Springer AG
  • 2009: Axel Springer AG acquires affiliate marketers Zanox and Digital Window as well as StepStone ASA
  • 2010 a $635.7 million offer by Axel for leading French real estate website operator caused seloger shares to rise as much as 32% the most since it went public. Within 3 days Axel increased its offer 15.6% to $735 million after seloger shareholders rejected the deal.


The Axel Springer AG is criticized by many, including German leftists and Muslims because it is openly biased in its support of Israel
The State of Israel is a parliamentary republic located in the Middle East, along the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea...

. The Axel Springer AG refused to publish advertising campaigns of the Left Party
Left Party (Germany)
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 in 2005 as well as of the socialist PDS in earlier elections.

Major competitors in the German publishing market include Bauer Media Group, Bertelsmann
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, Hubert Burda Media
Hubert Burda Media
Hubert Burda Media is a German privately held, family-owned global media company with its origins in printing and magazine publishing. The company is headquartered in Offenburg and Munich, has additional main offices in Berlin and Hamburg and has more than 7400 employees...

 and Holtzbrinck
Georg von Holtzbrinck Publishing Group
Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck is a Stuttgart-based publishing holding company which owns publishing companies worldwide. Holtzbrinck has published everything from Salman Rushdie's Satanic Verses to classics by Agatha Christie, Jean-Paul Sartre, Ernest Hemingway and John Updike...



In the 1960s and 1970s the company was targeted by a number of left-wing groups. It was denounced by German-American writer Reinhard Lettau
Reinhard Lettau
Reinhard Lettau was a German-American writer. He never used his middle name, Adolf, if he could avoid it. He emigrated to the US in the middle of the 1950s and was a professor for German Literature at the University of California, San Diego from 1967. He was an active member of the Group 47...

 in an incendiary speech at the Freie Universität Berlin; in 1968 their Berlin
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 was blockaded by students; in 1972 the Red Army Faction
Red Army Faction
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 claimed responsibility for six bombs placed in the Hamburg
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 building (only three exploded and 17 people were injured); and in 1975 a bomb exploded in their Paris
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office, the "6th of March Group" (connected to the Red Army Faction) claimed responsibility.
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