The Federal Association of Digital Publishers and Newspaper Publishers (BDZV, until 2019 the Federal Association of German Newspaper Publishers) has represented the interests of newspaper publishers in Germany since its foundation in Bonn in 1954. With their print and digital editions and via their websites, Germany’s newspapers reach more than 62 million people every day. This makes Germany the largest newspaper market in Europe and the fifth largest in the world. The newspaper industry is also by far the largest employer of journalism in Germany.
Through its ten regional associations, the BDZV has 286 daily newspapers with a total circulation of 14.3 million copies sold and 13 weekly newspapers with almost one million copies sold. (Status 1/2020)
The Federal Association, which has its headquarters in Berlin, was created by the merger of the Gesamtverband der Deutschen Zeitungsverleger (the organization of licensees) and the Verein Deutscher Zeitungsverleger (the association of German newspaper publishers), which continued the tradition of the first major publishers’ organization founded in 1894, which had been interrupted in 1933.
The tasks that the founders assigned to the BDZV and laid down in its statutes are based on the experience, efforts and goals of its predecessor organizations. The BDZV aims to safeguard and represent the common idealistic and economic interests of the publishers.