Axel Springer AG


Axel Springer AG

Infobox_Company
company_name = Axel Springer AG
company_
company_type = Public (Xetra: [http://deutsche-boerse.com/dbag/dispatch/en/isg/gdb_navigation/home?module=InOverview_Equi&wp=DE0005190003&foldertype=_Equi&wplist=DE0005190003&active=overview&wpbpl= )] )
foundation = 1946/47 by Axel Springer
location = Berlin, Germany
key_people = Mathias Döpfner, Chief Executive Officer
num_employees = 10,000 (2006)
industry = Publishing
products = magazines
newspapers
homepage = [http://www.axelspringer.com/ axelspringer.com]

"Axel Springer AG" is one of the largest newspaper publishing companies in Europe, having over 150 newspapers and magazines in over 30 countries, including several Central and Eastern European countries: Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, Russia and western European countries: Germany, France, Spain, Switzerland, more than 10,000 employees with annual revenues and income on the scale of 1 billion. It was started in 1946/1947 by journalist Axel Springer [http://www.axelspringer.de/englisch/unterneh/inhalte/mainpage/mainpage.htm Axel Springer AG: At a glance] . Its current CEO is Mathias Döpfner.

Newspapers, magazines, products

* 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
* Computer Bild, published in nine countries, is Europe's best-selling computer magazine
* Sport Bild, published in many countries, is Europe's biggest sport magazine
* Auto.cz, the biggest Czech internet car portal including RoadLook.tv, starting in Slovakia and Poland as well
* Fakt, the biggest daily tabloid in Poland
* Hamburger Abendblatt
* Berliner Morgenpost
* Hörzu
* Dziennik, the intellectual flagship of the company in Poland

Corporate principles

The "Axel Springer AG" is criticized by German leftists and Muslims [http://www.muslim-markt.de/boykott/springer.htm German: Springer is a speaking tube of zionist interests] especially because it openly supports Israel. The Axel Springer AG is the only German publishing house which refused to publish the advertising campaign of the Left Party in 2005. [http://de.wikinews.org/wiki/Springer-Presse_boykottiert_Linkspartei German: Springer-Press boycotts Left Party]

The five socio-political preambles that were written by Axel Springer in 1967, amended in 1990 following German reunification and supplemented in 2001 are part of the articles of association of Axel Springer AG. They paint a liberal picture of the world.
# To uphold liberty and law in Germany, a country belonging to the Western family of nations, and to further the unification of Europe.
# To promote reconciliation of Jews and Germans and support the vital rights of the State of Israel.
# To support the Transatlantic Alliance, and solidarity with the United States of America in the common values of free nations.
# To reject all forms of political extremism.
# To uphold the principles of a free social market economy. The corporate constitution defines fundamental sociopolitical convictions but does not offer opinions. [http://www.axelspringer.de/englisch/umwelt/inhalte/leitbild/leitlinien/leitlinien.htm Corporate Principles, Values and Guidelines of Axel Springer AG]
Major competitors in the German publishing market include Bauer Verlag, Bertelsmann, Hubert Burda Media and Holtzbrinck.

Attacks

In the 1960s and 1970s the company was target for a number 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 from six bombs placed in the Hamburg building (only three exploded and 17 people were injured) [http://www.baader-meinhof.com/timeline/1972.html] ; and in 1975 a bomb exploded in their Paris office, the "6th of March Group" (connected to the Red Army Faction) claimed responsibility.

Axel Springer ran a major newspaper he founded in Germany that the Nazis shut down during the war. Springer never left Germany and was not sent to a concentration camp. After the war, he relaunched his publishing venture, turning it into Axel Springer AG, and became a major supporter of Israel.

ee also

*media concentration
*Protests of 1968

References

External links

* [http://www.axelspringer.de/englisch/home-e.htm Axel Springer Corporate Site]
* [http://www.axelspringer.de/inhalte/pdf/axel_springer_at_a_glance_2008.pdf Information pamphlet At a Glance] (PDF; 3,9 MB)


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