4 - 1999
"Deutsches Allgemeines Sonntagsblatt" will cease publication
Monthly supplement as possible successor
The Protestant weekly paper "Deutsches Allgemeines Sonntagsblatt" (DS) will cease publication during next year. According to a resolution by the EKD Synod in Leipzig, as successor, a new publication will be tested, which will be circulated as a monthly supplement in national newspapers. Lately, the DS had a circulation of 46,000, of which 15,000 were individual subscriptions, according to EKD statistics.
Should the experiment prove a success, the Synod are planning an annual grant of 4.5 million Marks for the supplement. However, there are some conditions attached to it. Among others, it shall be ensured that a minimum of one million copies "in a geographically balanced way" are distributed. In the opinion of the Synod, at least one other opinion-forming national newspaper besides the "Süddeutsche Zeitung" should be involved.
The Deutsches Allgemeines Sonntagsblatt will continue to appear until the decision is made. The Hamburg weekly paper which first appeared more than 50 years ago was the flagship of the Protestant press in the early years of the Federal Republic of Germany.