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Süddeutsche Zeitung

Süddeutsche Zeitung
The 20 May 2009 front page of Süddeutsche Zeitung
Type Daily newspaper
Format Nordisch
Owner(s) Südwestdeutsche Medien Holding (de)
Editor Kurt Kister
Founded 6 October 1945
Political alignment centre-left, Progressive liberalism [1]
Headquarters Munich
ISSN 0174-4917

The Süddeutsche Zeitung , published in Munich, is the largest German national subscription daily newspaper.


The title, often abbreviated SZ, translates as "South German Newspaper". (The literal translation for the German word "Zeitung" is "tiding".) It is read throughout Germany by 1.1 million readers daily and boasts a relatively high circulation abroad. The editorial stance of the newspaper is liberal and generally of centre-left,[2] leading some to joke that the SZ is the only opposition in the state of Bavaria, which has been governed by the conservative Christian Social Union of Bavaria almost continuously since 1949.



The national edition features four sections: Politics, Culture, Economy and Sports. Editions sold in Munich and its surrounding counties include local news inserts.

The SZ is well known for its daily frontpage column Streiflicht (searchlight) of 72 lines, which is published anonymously.


  • SZ Magazin (Friday), a magazine-style supplement
  • Wochenende (Saturday), featuring longer articles and short stories for the weekend
  • The New York Times (Friday), selected articles (English language).
  • The TV programme (Tuesday) and an event guide (Thursday) are only included in the Bavarian edition.

Articles in English language

SZ has published The New York Times International Weekly on Mondays since 2004, now it is a supplement on Fridays. This is an 8-page broadsheet insert of English language articles from The New York Times.

Web presence

Sü (formerly is the Internet portal of the Süddeutsche Zeitung. The articles are made up of own contributions from the Sü editors, from texts that are taken over by the Süddeutsche Zeitung and from agency reports. On the 50th birthday of the Süddeutsche Zeitung launched on 6 October 1995 their internet edition under the name "SZonNet". The project went from SZ-Text Archive (now DIZ - Documentation and Information Center Munich) under the direction of Schmitt from Hella. At the beginning there were no own editors, but selected contents of the print edition have been taken. 1996 wrote Oliver Bantle from the SZ-Science Department, the first journalistic online concept. This Focus on science went online in the fall of that year with Angelika Jung-Huettl as an editor. They created the first journalistic content that were not in the newspaper. Editorial responsibility lay with the then leader of the SZ Science Department, Martin Urban. In the spring of 1998, the travel journal went into the net. Wenke Hess wrote the concept and implemented it as an editor.

The online content of Sü is created and maintained by 25 journalists. Circa 140 million clicks are received on Sü pages. Sued-café is the virtual lounge for SZ readers.[3]


On 6 October 1945, five months after the end of World War II in Germany, the SZ was the first newspaper to receive a license from the U.S. military administration of Bavaria. The first issue was published the same evening. The first article begins with:

For the first time since the collapse of the brown rule of terror, a newspaper run by Germans is published in Munich. It is limited by the political necessities of our days, but it is not bound by censorship, nor gagged by constraints of conscience.

The front page of the first issue can be read here (PDF).

A reversal in ad sales in the early 2000s was so severe that it brought the paper to the brink of bankruptcy in October 2002. The Süddeutsche survived through a 150 million euro investment by a new shareholder, a regional newspaper chain called Südwestdeutsche Medien. Over a period of three years, the newspaper underwent a reduction in his staff to 307, from 425, the closing of a regional edition in Düsseldorf, and the scrapping of a section devoted to news from Berlin.[4]

In spring 2004, SZ launched the Süddeutsche Bibliothek. Each week, one out of 50 famous novels of the 20th century was made available in hardcover at certain newsstands and in book shops. Later a series of 50 influential movies on DVD followed. In late 2004 the daily also launched a popular science magazine, SZ Wissen.[5] In late 2005 a series of children's books continued this branch of special editions.


Its 1993 circulation was 304,499 copies.[6] In the period of 1995-96 the paper had a circulation of 407,000 copies.[7] In the fourth quarter of 2004, an average of 441,955 copies were sold daily.[8]

Notable writers

Some of Germany's best known journalists either work for the SZ or spent considerable parts of their careers working for the paper. Heribert Prantl, head of the national desk, is a lawyer by education, a former public prosecutor, and the most cited author of editorial commentaries in German press. Hans Leyendecker is one of Germany's best known investigative journalists. Leyendecker formerly worked for the magazine Der Spiegel, unveiling various political and economic scandals, such as the widespread illegal party financing during the 1980s, and that of the CDU in 1999. He also unveiled the smuggling of Russian plutonium into Germany with the help of the foreign intelligence service Bundesnachrichtendienst in 1994, bribery at arms deals, the German Visa Affair 2005 and corruption of the staff council at Volkswagen. Another well-known journalist working for the SZ is Rudolph Chimelli, a political reporter who has been working for the paper since 1 January 1957.

Martin Süßkind also formerly worked with the SZ and eventually became the editor of the Berliner Zeitung. Giovanni di Lorenzo, who was responsible for the SZ's full page documentary Seite 3 (Page 3) from 1994 to 1998, and who was later editor-in-chief of the Tagesspiegel, also worked for the paper. He is now editor-in-chief of the weekly German newspaper Die Zeit.

See also


  1. ^ News Der Spiegel.
  2. ^ SPIEGEL ONLINE, Staff. "The Substance of What S&P Is Saying Is Quite Right". SPIEGELnet GmbH. SPIEGELnet GmbH. Retrieved 20 August 2012. 
  3. ^ Süedcafe Süeddeutsche Zeitung.
  4. ^ Mark Landler (January 19, 2004), MEDIA; Woes at Two Pillars of German Journalism New York Times.
  5. ^ "New trend in Germany: scientific magazines by Die Zeit and Süddeutsche Zeitung". Editors Weblog. 3 December 2004. Retrieved 5 October 2013. 
  6. ^ Peter Humphreys (1996). Mass Media and Media Policy in Western Europe. Manchester University Press. p. 82. Retrieved 29 October 2014. 
  7. ^ Media Policy: Convergence, Concentration & Commerce. SAGE Publications. 24 September 1998. p. 10.  
  8. ^ "The New York Times of Munich – Portrait of the Süddeutsche Zeitung".  

External links

  • (German) Süddeutsche Zeitung online edition
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