Axel Springer SE is a German digital publishing house, which is the largest in Europe, with numerous multimedia news brands, such as Bild, Die Welt, and Fakt. 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. Axel Springer’s business is divided into three segments: paid models, marketing models, and classified ad models. We are honoured to have the team join us for the Berlin Tech Job Fair Help yourself to a ticket, you don’t want to miss out on this chance to meet this media mogul. You can grab your tickets here!
Headquartered in Berlin, Germany, the company is active in more than 40 countries with subsidiaries, joint ventures, and licensing.
It was started in 1946/1947 by journalist Axel Springer. 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.
The media offerings of Axel Springer SE are clustered in: current news, autos, sports, computers and consumer electronics, as well as lifestyle.
Die Welt, the intellectual flagship of the company; Bild, tabloid 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; Watchmi, a personalized TV content discovery system; 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.
Check out more about Axel Springer’s culture, structure, products and services below;
What we are and what we want
- We are and will remain a publisher, a house of journalism
- We want to inform, advise and entertain our readers independently and better than others
- We are and we want to be economically successful.
- We are actively shaping digitization and see this as our great opportunity
- We do what we do with passion and are constantly striving to become even better
- We attract individualists and really promote them
- We are strengthening freedom, democracy and open minds
The soul and spirit of the company Axel Springer is journalism. We serve our readers with independent and critical information and advice as well as good entertainment. Through our media offerings we are making a contribution to the strengthening of freedom and democracy. The prerequisite for this is our economic success. We are working every day to improve our journalistic, technological and commercial competence.
The successful establishment of independent journalism in the digital world.
We want to become the leading digital publisher.
Axel Springer is pursuing a strategy of profitable growth. Our majority shareholder safeguards our independence. We are a publicly listed company and as such committed to the efficiency and transparency requirements of the capital market. However, we do not restrict our self-image to economic success alone.
We know: Profit is not everything, but without profit everything is nothing.
We want to create value. Material and non-material value.
We want to increase the value of our company. In addition to the operating earnings (EBITDA), earnings per share is the key indicator against which we measure ourselves and against which we can be measured. At the same time we want to strengthen the values of freedom, democracy, the rule of law, competition, property, human rights, cosmopolitanism and tolerance through our journalistic work.
Our publishing house is committed to the values of its founder Axel Springer. He stood first and foremost for freedom. It is in this sense that the five principles of the company are defined: the consolidation of German and European unity, support of the vital rights of the Israeli people, solidarity in the common values of free nations with the United States of America, upholding of the principles of a free social market economy and the rejection of all forms of political totalitarianism. These values do not prescribe the support of any ideology, government or political party, but rather they also allow and call, as does any true loyalty, for honest criticism.
Criticism and self-criticism are also a part of our overall corporate culture. Three values are decisive here: Creativity, Entrepreneurial spirit, Integrity.
We see the digital transformation of society and of our business as an opportunity, which we are shaping actively: without fear of self-cannibalization and without dividing into analog and digital camps. All of our employees are responsible for the success of digitization.
Our company is divided into three segments, which are based on journalism or benefit from journalism to varying degrees.
These are all business models that are predominantly funded by paying readers.
These are all business models that are predominantly funded by paying advertising customers.
Classified ad models
These are all business models that are predominantly funded by paying job, real estate or auto advertising customers.
The traditional revenues of a publisher are reflected in this structure. In the same way as a newspaper in the past was financed by subscribers, advertisers and classified advertising customers. We have become the leading digital publisher when we are number one in our respective market segments and in the countries in which we are active.
Axel Springer is an international company. Our core market is Europe. We also want to be successful in growth markets such as India, Brazil, Asia and the United States of America. We do not do business in non-democratic countries on principle.
In our dealings with each other, we want to experience what we have collectively defined as socio-political objectives. Freedom demands a culture of trust, not of mistrustful control. We measure the success of our employees by their results, not by their presence. We encourage entrepreneurs in the company. We organize the publisher as an operative holding company – as centralized as necessary and as decentralized as possible. All brands, business divisions and services develop into independent companies, which hold together in spite of their differences like members of a family.
Technological competence has increasing importance in a digital publisher. For this reason we promote innovative technology, yet the core of our house remains journalism.
We do what we do for our readers and customers. But reader and customer orientation does not mean courtesy journalism or ingratiation.
We defend editorial independence as our most precious asset. Independent, critical, and thereby credible journalism is the best service we can provide all of our readers and customers.
We want to work quickly and unbureaucratically. Those who undertake entrepreneurial risks are rewarded for doing so, even if they do make a mistake.
We promote the diversity of gender, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, age and personality.
We treat every employee as we would like to be treated ourselves: respectfully and affectionately.
Axel Springer is a commercial enterprise, in which individualists feel at ease, because they have the freedom to make their own decisions and to shape things independently. A kind of „United Artists“. Artists – irrespective of whether they are reporters or software developers – are independent, different and sometimes complicated. They may and should be like this, as long as they are excellent and, when it matters, hold together – United.
We are passionate and have the desire to discover new things, to change and to improve ourselves. We want to be successful, to do good and to have fun.
And we know that everything defined here describes a goal, but regrettably not yet always and everywhere, reality. This is what we want to change.
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