Die Presse

Die Presse
Die Presse
Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner Dr. Horst Pirker
Publisher Styria Medien AG
Editor Michael Fleischhacker
Founded 1946
Political alignment Centre right, liberal
Headquarters Parkring 12a, 1015 Vienna
Official website diepresse.com

Die Presse is an Austrian daily newspaper based in Vienna. It was founded in 1946 by World War II resistance fighter Ernst Molden and stands in tradition of the Viennese newspapers "Die Presse" (1848–1896) (founded by August Zang) and "Neue Freie Presse" (1864–1938; founded by Max Friedländer). The paper covers general news topics. It is frequently quoted in international media concerning news from Austria. It is the leading Austrian daily newspaper, though not the largest, with around 350,000 readers. Since March 15, 2009, it has also been operating a weekly newspaper under the name "Die Presse am Sonntag".[1]

The "Presse" had been struggling for financial survival for a long time, until during the 1960s, the Austrian Chamber of Commerce became the main shareholder. Since 1999, it has been owned by the Styria Medien AG, a conservative-liberal media group founded by the Catholic Church.

The political position of the "Presse" can be described as classical liberal, with a strong emphasis on free-market economy and small government, traditionally opposing Austria's grand coalition and its neocorporatist tendencies. It therefore stands in contrast to other Austrian newspapers of quality including the more conservative Wiener Zeitung and the leftist Der Standard. Emphasis is put on the 1848 revolution as the beginning of its tradition as a liberal newspaper, citing it in its slogan "Free since 1848".

In 2009, reports claimed that the "Presse"'s long-time editor, Otto Schulmeister, had been working for the CIA in the 1960s and 1970s.[2][3]


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