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Full interview with Mathias Döpfner, the CEO of Axel Springer SE
Full interview with Mathias Döpfner, the CEO of Axel Springer SE
Published: 2017/02/13
Channel: Business Insider
Die Geschichte der Axel Springer SE in 71 Sekunden
Die Geschichte der Axel Springer SE in 71 Sekunden
Published: 2013/05/27
Channel: Axel Springer
Axel Springer Verlag und der 15 Millionen-Betrug
Axel Springer Verlag und der 15 Millionen-Betrug
Published: 2015/10/20
Channel: RT Deutsch
MEDIA ENTREPRENEURS
MEDIA ENTREPRENEURS
Published: 2011/09/15
Channel: MediaEntrepreneurs
The history of Axel Springer SE in 71 Seconds
The history of Axel Springer SE in 71 Seconds
Published: 2014/02/04
Channel: Axel Springer
Keynote address by Mathias Döpfner, CEO of Axel Springer SE
Keynote address by Mathias Döpfner, CEO of Axel Springer SE
Published: 2014/07/16
Channel: Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum
Springer Axel ZDJ
Springer Axel ZDJ
Published: 2011/09/01
Channel: gedaechtnisdernation
Thomas Ebeling, ProSiebenSat.1 - Axel Springer NOAH16 Berlin
Thomas Ebeling, ProSiebenSat.1 - Axel Springer NOAH16 Berlin
Published: 2016/06/28
Channel: NOAHConference
Media Review: Axel Springer
Media Review: Axel Springer
Published: 2017/08/16
Channel: TeleSUR English
automotiveIT-Kongress 2015: Christoph Keese (Executive Vice President, Axel Springer SE)
automotiveIT-Kongress 2015: Christoph Keese (Executive Vice President, Axel Springer SE)
Published: 2015/10/20
Channel: automotiveit
Eric Leandri, Qwant - Axel Springer NOAH16 Berlin
Eric Leandri, Qwant - Axel Springer NOAH16 Berlin
Published: 2016/06/29
Channel: NOAHConference
Historische Ereignisse  - 100. Geburtstag von   Axel Springer 1969  -- vom 29. April 2012
Historische Ereignisse - 100. Geburtstag von Axel Springer 1969 -- vom 29. April 2012
Published: 2015/07/27
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3 fragen an die axel springer se
3 fragen an die axel springer se
Published: 2015/03/06
Channel: Jörg Wagner
Drei Leben: Axel Springer Doku Trailer Sneak Vorschau Intro 2012
Drei Leben: Axel Springer Doku Trailer Sneak Vorschau Intro 2012
Published: 2012/05/16
Channel: GrandHeiligendamm
Menschen bei Axel Springer: Ulrich Schmitz
Menschen bei Axel Springer: Ulrich Schmitz
Published: 2011/10/17
Channel: Axel Springer
Dr. Philipp Kreibohm, Home24 - Axel Springer NOAH16 Berlin
Dr. Philipp Kreibohm, Home24 - Axel Springer NOAH16 Berlin
Published: 2016/06/29
Channel: NOAHConference
Johannes Burr: Change Management bei Axel Springer SE  |Change Congress 2015
Johannes Burr: Change Management bei Axel Springer SE |Change Congress 2015
Published: 2015/11/24
Channel: Handelsblatt Fachmedien
Henry Blodget: Axel Springer is smart about digital
Henry Blodget: Axel Springer is smart about digital
Published: 2015/09/29
Channel: CNNMoney
Tribute: Axel Springer SE wins the 2016 Corporate Leadership Award
Tribute: Axel Springer SE wins the 2016 Corporate Leadership Award
Published: 2016/05/24
Channel: Freedom House
Axel Springer Verlag - Animationsfilm
Axel Springer Verlag - Animationsfilm
Published: 2015/02/18
Channel: filmetat gmbh
Dr. Mathias Döpfner, Axel Springer - NOAH15 Berlin
Dr. Mathias Döpfner, Axel Springer - NOAH15 Berlin
Published: 2015/06/21
Channel: NOAHConference
Axel Springer in Silicon Valley. A journey
Axel Springer in Silicon Valley. A journey
Published: 2013/05/27
Channel: Axel Springer
Axel Springer Vorstandchef ZIONIST
Axel Springer Vorstandchef ZIONIST
Published: 2014/07/31
Channel: Loyalty 2 ALLAH
DEHOGA-Branchentag 2016: Vortrag Christoph Keese, Executive President Axel Springer SE
DEHOGA-Branchentag 2016: Vortrag Christoph Keese, Executive President Axel Springer SE
Published: 2016/11/24
Channel: DEHOGA Bundesverband
AXEL SPRINGER PARTY 2016
AXEL SPRINGER PARTY 2016
Published: 2016/12/19
Channel: Axel Springer
OMA Axel Springer: Cinematic Analysis
OMA Axel Springer: Cinematic Analysis
Published: 2017/07/15
Channel: Bennett Oh
Axel Springer im Silicon Valley. Eine Reise
Axel Springer im Silicon Valley. Eine Reise
Published: 2013/05/27
Channel: Axel Springer
DAS FUNDAMENT – Dokumentation Axel Springer Neubau
DAS FUNDAMENT – Dokumentation Axel Springer Neubau
Published: 2017/05/04
Channel: Axel Springer
NOAH12 London - Axel Springer, Dr. Jens Müffelmann
NOAH12 London - Axel Springer, Dr. Jens Müffelmann
Published: 2012/12/16
Channel: NOAHConference
The Story of Axel Springer
The Story of Axel Springer's Famous Garage
Published: 2013/05/27
Channel: Axel Springer
Axel Springer Vorstandschef Mathias Döpfner bekennt sich zum Zionismus
Axel Springer Vorstandschef Mathias Döpfner bekennt sich zum Zionismus
Published: 2014/07/24
Channel: TheSARGON87
axel springer se: a chat about digital journalism
axel springer se: a chat about digital journalism
Published: 2015/12/11
Channel: Jörg Wagner
Dr. Mathias Döpfner, Axel Springer - NOAH14
Dr. Mathias Döpfner, Axel Springer - NOAH14
Published: 2014/12/11
Channel: NOAHConference
Customer Case Study: Axel Springer
Customer Case Study: Axel Springer
Published: 2014/10/02
Channel: Cloud Foundry
04476 - Départ Döpfner, Mathias (DEU), CEO, Axel Springer SE - Bilderberg - 06/12 2016 - Germany
04476 - Départ Döpfner, Mathias (DEU), CEO, Axel Springer SE - Bilderberg - 06/12 2016 - Germany
Published: 2016/06/13
Channel: nonmerci monsanto
Interview: Georg Konjovic, Axel Springer.
Interview: Georg Konjovic, Axel Springer.
Published: 2011/11/10
Channel: turi2tv
Menschen bei Axel Springer: Margret Brüning
Menschen bei Axel Springer: Margret Brüning
Published: 2014/10/08
Channel: Axel Springer
Medienmacht in Deutschland Zionist leitet Axel Springer Verlag - shapeshifting hiding demons?
Medienmacht in Deutschland Zionist leitet Axel Springer Verlag - shapeshifting hiding demons?
Published: 2016/11/21
Channel: liebe ist
Uli Schmitz (Axel Springer SE) - Axel Springer Plug and Play Accelerator Interview
Uli Schmitz (Axel Springer SE) - Axel Springer Plug and Play Accelerator Interview
Published: 2014/05/21
Channel: Axel Springer PlugandPlay
Digital Workplace Summit: Video-Abstract von Sven Rebbert, Axel Springer SE
Digital Workplace Summit: Video-Abstract von Sven Rebbert, Axel Springer SE
Published: 2016/09/21
Channel: CommunardoSoftware
Axel Springer Silicon Valley
Axel Springer Silicon Valley
Published: 2014/09/10
Channel: Axel Springer Silicon Valley
Axel Springer chief on outlook for newspapers
Axel Springer chief on outlook for newspapers
Published: 2016/09/28
Channel: Financial Times
Ausbildung an der Axel Springer Akademie
Ausbildung an der Axel Springer Akademie
Published: 2011/10/18
Channel: Axel Springer Akademie
Niemieckie media w Polsce. Skandaliczny list Ringier Axel Springer
Niemieckie media w Polsce. Skandaliczny list Ringier Axel Springer
Published: 2017/03/17
Channel: xccx1231
One family: Best of the Axel Springer Management Conference 2014
One family: Best of the Axel Springer Management Conference 2014
Published: 2014/09/05
Channel: Axel Springer
Thought Leader Interview: Karolina Hornke, Technical Data Protection – Axel Springer SE
Thought Leader Interview: Karolina Hornke, Technical Data Protection – Axel Springer SE
Published: 2016/12/12
Channel: CloudMovesTV
Digitale Herausforderungen für Axel Springer, Mathias Meier, Leiter Produktentwicklung BILD
Digitale Herausforderungen für Axel Springer, Mathias Meier, Leiter Produktentwicklung BILD
Published: 2017/04/10
Channel: unityag
"100 Jahre in 100 Minuten" - Revue zum 100. Geburtstag von Axel Springer
"100 Jahre in 100 Minuten" - Revue zum 100. Geburtstag von Axel Springer
Published: 2013/09/30
Channel: Axel Springer
Das Netzwerk der Macht...Die Axel Springer AG (!!!) #fakenews
Das Netzwerk der Macht...Die Axel Springer AG (!!!) #fakenews
Published: 2017/05/27
Channel: Frubi TV
03805 - Döpfner, Mathias (DEU), CEO, Axel Springer SE - Bilderberg meeting - 06/09 2016 - Germany
03805 - Döpfner, Mathias (DEU), CEO, Axel Springer SE - Bilderberg meeting - 06/09 2016 - Germany
Published: 2016/06/10
Channel: nonmerci monsanto
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Axel Springer SE
Societas Europaea
Traded as FWBSPR
Industry Publishing
Founded 1946; 71 years ago (1946)
Founder Axel Springer
Headquarters Berlin, Germany
Key people
Mathias Döpfner
(CEO and Chairman of the management board)
Giuseppe Vita
(Chairman of the supervisory board)
Products Magazines, newspapers, online portals, affiliate marketing
Revenue 3.3 billion (2015)[1]
€559.0 million (2015)[1]
Profit €304.6 million (2015)[1]
Number of employees
15,023 (average, 2015)[1]
Website www.axelspringer.com

Axel Springer SE is the largest digital publishing house in Europe, with numerous multimedia news brands, such as Bild, Die Welt, and Fakt and more than 15,000 employees. It generated total revenues of about €3.3 billion and an EBITDA of €559 million in the financial year 2015. The digital media activities contribute more than 60% to its revenues and nearly 70% to its EBITDA. Axel Springer’s business is divided into three segments: paid models, marketing models, and classified ad models.

Headquartered in Berlin, Germany, the company is active in more than 40 countries with subsidiaries, joint ventures, and licensing.

Front entrance to the Axel Springer headquarters building in West Berlin, 1977, with the Fritz Klimsch owl sculpture.

It was started in 1946/1947 by journalist Axel Springer.[2] Its current CEO is Mathias Döpfner. 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.[3]

Newspapers, magazines, online offerings[edit]

The media offerings of Axel Springer SE are clustered in: current news, autos, sports, computers and consumer electronics, as well as lifestyle.

Side view of the Axel Springer corporate headquarters in Berlin.
Axel Springer building in Hamburg.

Selection of publications[edit]

  • Die Welt, the intellectual flagship of the company
  • Bild, newspaper with the largest circulation in Europe
  • Auto Bild, 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, published in many countries, is Europe's largest sport magazine
  • Auto.cz, the largest Czech internet car portal including RoadLook.tv, starting in Slovakia and Poland as well
  • Fakt, the largest daily tabloid in Poland
  • B.Z., local newspaper
  • Dziennik Gazeta Prawna, the intellectual flagship of the company in Poland
  • Watchmi, a personalized TV content discovery system[4]
  • Musikexpress, a monthly music magazine
  • the German edition of the magazine Rolling Stone
  • Transfermarkt, a football statistics website
  • Business Insider, a business, celebrity and technology news website
  • INSIDER, a social-first lifestyle publication.

In addition, the company is active in the online editorial and marketing business with its shares in aufeminin.com, Awin, and buy.at and owns several classified advertising online platforms such as the online career site StepStone, the real estate marketing portal immonet and price comparison platform idealo.

Corporate principles[edit]

Part of the articles of association of Axel Springer AG are the five socio-political preambles that were written by Axel Springer in 1967, amended in 1990 following German reunification and supplemented in 2001.[5]

  1. To uphold liberty and law in Germany, a country belonging to the Western family of nations, and to further the unification of Europe.
  2. To promote reconciliation of Jews and Germans and support the vital rights of the State of Israel.
  3. To support the Transatlantic Alliance, and solidarity with the United States of America in the common values of free nations.
  4. To reject all forms of political totalitarianism.
  5. To uphold the principles of a free social market economy.

History[edit]

  • 1946: Publisher Hinrich Springer (66) and his son Axel Springer (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. The paper was based on the British tabloid Daily Mirror',[6] and peaked at circulation of 5 million in the 1980s.[7]
  • 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.
The Springer building in Berlin was built adjacent to the Berlin Wall
East Berlin "death strip" of the Berlin Wall, as seen from the Axel Springer Building
  • 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. The APO had a history of animosity with the Springer Group's allegedly biased coverage of the student movement. For instance, in the wake of the shooting of Benno Ohnesorg by the police at a student demonstration against the Shah, one Springer paper reported that “what happened yesterday in Berlin had nothing to do with politics… It was criminal in the most sickening way.”.[8] In fact, Ohnesorg, who had never attended a demonstration before, had been shot in the back while trying to leave the demonstration.[9]
  • 1972–73: Building of the offset-printing plant in Essen-Kettwig.
  • 1984: Official opening of the offset printing facility in Ahrensburg near Hamburg.
  • 1985: 49% of the company is offered for public subscription.[10] Later that year Axel Springer dies. Control is passed to his widow Friede Springer.[11]
  • 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 Bild.de/T-Online AG.
  • 2002: Launch of immonet.de. Mathias Doepfner, former editor-in-chief of Die Welt, becomes CEO of Axel Springer AG.[12]
  • 2003: Name is changed to Axel Springer AG
  • 2009: Axel Springer AG acquires affiliate marketers Zanox and Digital Window as well as StepStone ASA[13]
  • 2010 a $635.7 million offer by Axel for leading French real estate website operator seloger.com 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.[14][15]
  • 2012 Axel Springer forms a joint venture (Axel Springer Digital Classified) with global growth equity firm General Atlantic.[16] The company buys TotalJobs in the UK from Reed Elsevier.[17]
  • 2013: Springer sells its regional newspapers, woman's magazines, and television magazines to Funke Mediengruppe for €920 million[18]
  • 2013: Publications Grand Public, a French magazine publisher owned by Springer, is sold to Reworld Media.[19]
  • 2015: Axel Springer AG purchases Business Insider, a business, celebrity and technology news website, in a deal that values Business Insider at $442 million.[20]
  • 2015: On December 8, Axel Springer increased their share in Axel Springer Digital Classifieds GmbH from 70 per cent to 85 per cent, and was granted a purchase option to acquire the remaining 15 per cent from General Atlantic. On December 9, Axel Springer exercised the option, acquiring the additional 15% from General Atlantic in exchange for shares of Axel Springer, leaving the growth equity firm with 8.3% holding in the company.[21][22]

Criticism[edit]

Zionism[edit]

The Axel Springer SE is criticized by German leftists and Muslims who maintain that Springer media show excessive support for Israel.[23]

Accusations of censorship[edit]

Axel Springer AG refused to publish advertising campaigns of the Left Party in 2005 as well as of the socialist PDS in earlier elections.[24]

Insulting Poles in Germany and Germans in Poland[edit]

"In 2008 the German Journalist Association in Landau-Hessen passed a resolution that it was unacceptable for the editor to insult Germans in his newspapers in Poland and to insult Poles in his tabloid Bild in Germany. As a consequence of the resolution Axel Springer was awarded the title 'Hyena of the Year' by the Polish Journalists Association because his newspapers published in Poland fuel anti-German attitudes," according to Prof. Bogusława Dubek-Ostrowska, University of Wroclaw.[25]

In 2017, the head of the Ringier Axel Springer joint venture, Mark Dekan wrote a letter to Polish employees of the joint venture calling the Polish politician Jaroslaw Kaczynski a 'loser' for opposing the candidacy of Donald Tusk as President of the European Union and stating that 'we should never forget about the basic values that we represent... Here is the moment where free media, such as ours must be active. We speak for the ideas of... a United Europe.' He also noted his concern that European integration was least supported by the youngest generation of Poles and vowed to take action against that. Tusk, heavily promoted by Angela Merkel, was re-elected President against the opposition of the Polish government. This letter has been widely interpreted in the Polish media as setting the 'German' EU-unification party line for the staff of all RASP controlled media in Poland.[26]

Competitors[edit]

Major competitors in the German publishing market include Bauer Media Group, Bertelsmann, Hubert Burda Media, and Holtzbrinck.

Attacks[edit]

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 in an incendiary speech at the Freie Universität Berlin; in 1968 their Berlin headquarters was blockaded by students; in 1972 the Red Army Faction claimed responsibility for six bombs placed in the Hamburg building (only three exploded and 17 people were injured) and in 1975 a bomb exploded in their Paris office, the "6th of March Group" (connected to the Red Army Faction) claimed responsibility.[27]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Axel Springer SE Annual Report 2015". Retrieved 16 March 2016. 
  2. ^ www.axelspringer.com
  3. ^ Hans J. Kleinsteuber in Kelly. M, Mazzoleni. G and McQuail. D. eds. 2004 "The Media in Europe. The Euromedia Handbook."
  4. ^ Watchmi.tv
  5. ^ "Principles and Guidelines". Axel Springer. Archived from the original on 15 April 2014. Retrieved 29 April 2014. 
  6. ^ "Sex, Smut and Shock: Bild Zeitung Rules Germany". Spiegel Online. 25 April 2006. Retrieved 14 July 2014. 
  7. ^ Kirschbaum, Erik (23 June 2012). "German daily sent to all 41 million households". Reuters. Retrieved 14 June 2014. 
  8. ^ Jeremy Varon, Bringing the War Home: The Weather Underground, the Red Army Faction, and Revolutionary Violence in the Sixties and Seventies (Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2004), p.39
  9. ^ Jillian Becker, Hitler’s Children: The Story of the Baader-Meinhof Terrorist Gang (New York: JB Lippincott, 1977), p.39
  10. ^ Noam, Eli (1991). Television in Europe. Oxford University Press. p. 90. ISBN 0195069420. 
  11. ^ "Springer May Shake Up Ad Market With ProSieben1 Bid (Update1)". Bloomberg. 1 August 2005. Retrieved 14 July 2014. 
  12. ^ Boston, William (10 February 2014). "In Axel Springer's Bid for Forbes, a German Player Steps Out". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 14 July 2014. 
  13. ^ Chronicle on www.axelspringer.com
  14. ^ "Seloger.Com Shares Rise Most Ever as Shareholder Questions Springer Offer". bloomberg. 13 September 2010. Retrieved 2 July 2013. 
  15. ^ "Axel Springer plans no higher offer for seloger.com". 16 September 2010. [permanent dead link]
  16. ^ "General Atlantic in €237m JV with German publisher Axel Springer". AltAssets. 6 March 2012. Retrieved 14 July 2014. 
  17. ^ "Axel Springer buys Reed Elsevier's Totaljobs site". MarketWatch. 4 April 2012. Retrieved 14 July 2014. 
  18. ^ Sell-Off: Newspaper Giant Turns Back on Journalism
  19. ^ Axel Springer sheds some French magazines - report
  20. ^ German publishing powerhouse Axel Springer buys Business Insider at a whopping $442 million valuation
  21. ^ "Axel Springer gives General Atlantic shares for classified ads stake". Reuters. Retrieved 18 December 2015. 
  22. ^ "Axel Springer acquires the remaining 15 percent in online classified ad company Axel Springer Digital Classifieds". Retrieved 18 December 2015. 
  23. ^ German: Springer is a speaking tube of zionist interests
  24. ^ German: Springer-Press boycotts Left Party
  25. ^ Doobek-Ostrowska, Bogusława (2012), "Chapter 3. Italianization (or Mediterraneanization) of the Polish Media System? Reality and Perspective", in Hallen, Daniel C.; Mancini, Paolo, Comparing media systems beyond the Western world, Cambridge U. Pr., pp. 26–50, ISBN 978-1-107-69954-0 
  26. ^ [http://wpolityce.pl/media/331812-tylko-u-nas-tresc-calej-instrukcji-szefa-ringier-axel-springer-dla-polskich-dziennikarzy-szokujace-slowa (Reference in Polish language, cites URL "wpolityce" in Poland (.pl))
  27. ^ Baader-Meinhof.com Archived 15 June 2006 at the Wayback Machine.

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