German research on free papers

A German thesis, “Phänomen Gratiszeitung – Untersuchung zu einem neuen Pressetypus” by Christoph Wolf (Freie Universität Berlin) covers not only the free daily history and several issues concerning free dailies, but also gives a detailed overview of all German adventures with free dailies.

Although there are now no free dailies in Germany, the country was one of the first with free dailies (15 Uhr Aktuell in Hamburg, Berlin and Munich already between 1998 and 2000) while there were several attempts later to start free dailies. The most famous being the Cologne free newspaper war in 1999-2001.

A mail to Christoph Wolf <wolf.christoph /at/> will probably get you the thesis as a pdf file.

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