• Germany's news in English
 

'Final Times Deutschland' bows out with grace

Published: 07 Dec 2012 08:30 GMT+01:00

Editors knocked out letters in the title to leave Final Times Deutschland on the masthead, and filled the final edition with a review of the paper's 13-year history; its best stories, illustrations - and greatest mistakes.

The tone was fatalistically funny, with a photograph of the editorial team bowing on the final page, above the line, "Sorry dear readers, that these are the last lines of the FTD. We're sorry. We unconditionally apologise. But - if we were able to start again from the beginning - we would do it exactly the same."

The editors have a line apologising to share-holders for getting through "so many millions" - and to the advertisers, "that we have reported so critically about your companies."

The page numbers were dropped, in favour a count-down to the end of the paper, which finished with a "Last Will" commentary piece - supposedly the last testament of the paper's commentary writers and columnists.

Staff have raised nearly €25,000 for the "Reporters Without Borders" non-profit organisation, by auctioning off mementos from their office.

Publishers Gruner + Jahr announced last month that the Financial Times Deutschland had lost too much money and was not in a position to make a profit - and would be closed down. More than 360 staff will be affected and although some will be found jobs within Gruner + Jahr, most are expected to end up unemployed, something they are not accepting with black humour.

A demonstration is planned for Friday afternoon in front of the head quarters in Hamburg. The workers' council said Gruner + Jahr was letting 350 people go during what it called the "worst structural crisis in the media since the founding of the federal republic."

The Frankfurter Rundschau newspaper registered its insolvency recently, while the Nuremberg-based Abendzeitung was closed at the end of September. In October the news agency DAPD also applied for insolvency, while jobs are due to be cut at the Berliner Verlag newspaper group which publishes the Berliner Zeitung and the Berliner Kurier.

DAPD/The Local/hc

The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Your comments about this article

09:53 December 7, 2012 by pepsionice
I think FT was a fairly decent and successful enterprise. The problem is that they wanted to be a daily newspaper for the business sector and investors, and there simply isn't enough interest to run something like this in a country of 80 million people. If they had been a weekly magazine on finance....publishing on Friday and delivery throughout Germany on Saturday.....it might have had better success.
12:20 December 7, 2012 by smart2012
FT closes and BILD stays open...

What a high quality
20:06 December 7, 2012 by pepsionice
BILD sells copies each and every morning, and every single bit of real important news....is in BILD....
22:37 December 7, 2012 by PNWDev
Here comes @smartguy again trying to appear relevant by begging for someone to pay attention to him.
11:44 December 8, 2012 by smart2012
I do not understand how people can spend time in defending Bild. Many of my German colleagues say Bild is garbage.. And I do not understand why a smart newspaper should show naked women all the time
Today's headlines
Teachers to strike nationwide from Monday
Photo: DPA

Teachers to strike nationwide from Monday

Teachers all over the country are expected to stike starting Monday, German education trade union GEW said, after negotiations with the wage commission of the federal states (TdL) failed to achieve results. READ  

EU court deals blow to US Iraq objector's hopes
Andre Shepherd at the European Court of Justice in June 2014. Photo: DPA

EU court deals blow to US Iraq objector's hopes

American soldier Andre Shepherd, who applied for asylum in Germany as a conscientious objector against the war in Iraq after going AWOL from his unit, saw a judgement by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) go against him on Thursday. READ  

Intersex person sues clinic for unncessary op
Photo: DPA

Intersex person sues clinic for unncessary op

Intersex person Michaela Raab is suing doctors in a Nuremberg court, who she said operated on her genitals and put her through female hormone therapy without having told her she was genetically a man. READ  

Greece bailout
Greece bailout passes with massive majority
Wolfgang Schäuble addressing the Bundestag on Friday. Photo: DPA

Greece bailout passes with massive majority

UPDATE:German MPs voted 542-32 in favour of extending Greece's bailout programme on Friday. READ  

German soars into ski jump top spot
Photo: DPA

German soars into ski jump top spot

Germany is a "Weltmeister" again, this time in ski-jumping. Severin Freund's 134-metre vertical jumps, and new world distance record of nearly 136 metres, ended the nearly decade-and-a-half wait for German ski jump fans starved for gold. READ  

Muslim Council says Jewish fears 'justified'
Muslims at prayer in Frankfurt's Abubakr Mosque. Photo: DPA

Muslim Council says Jewish fears 'justified'

After the president of the Central Council of Jews warned against anti-Semitism in Muslim areas of German cities, his Muslim opposite number agreed that 'these fears are justified”. READ  

Consumer rights office slams Facebook
Photo: DPA

Consumer rights office slams Facebook

The Federation of Consumer Protection Offices (vzbv) has warned Facebook over legal breaches in its terms and conditions, saying that its claim on the homepage that “Facebook is free and always will be” is misleading. READ  

Spoof hails Varoufakis: puts 'hell' in 'Hellenica'
Yanis Varoufakis, Greece's "Minister of Awesome". Photo: DPA

Spoof hails Varoufakis: puts 'hell' in 'Hellenica'

An offering that rehabilitates the much-maligned German sense of humour is rocking the internet with a searing spoof metal tribute to Greece's formidable new finance minister Yanis Varoufakis, filled with painful moments of self-mockery. READ  

This Week in History
Kafka's Metamorphosis: 100 years of perplexity
Franz Kafka. Photo: DPA

Kafka's Metamorphosis: 100 years of perplexity

100 years ago, Franz Kafka published The Metamorphosis, now seen as one of the most significant works of 20th century German literature. The Local speaks to the academic who has reinterpreted it for a modern audience. READ  

Nurse jailed for life for serial patient murders
Niels H. in court. The five murder counts against the former nurse may just be the start. Photo: DPA

Nurse jailed for life for serial patient murders

A male nurse who injected patients with overdoses of heart medication for the thrill of resuscitating them was on Thursday sentenced to life imprisonment on five counts of murder. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Features
Kafka: puzzling translators 100 years on
Business & Money
France or Germany: Which country really is the best country to work in?
Photo: Police
Rhineland
Student driver crashes tank into family garden.
Photo: DPA
Politics
There was a notable absence at the Anti-Semitism Commission
Sponsored Article
Tourist or lifer: what sort of expat are you?
National
How Dresden bombing still divides Germany, 70 years on
Sponsored Article
Are you an American expat? How to face FATCA
Photo: DPA
Gallery
Take a cute break with this gallery of baby animals
International
What's keeping UK expats from voting?
Photo: DPA
National
Terror alert at a new high. Should you be worried?
Gallery
The best regional foods TTIP opponents want to protect
Photo: DPA
Features
All you ever needed to know about Pegida
Photo: Shutterstock
Culture
This cosplayer did not think his plan through
National
Europe in statistics - from Spain to Sweden
Gallery
Top 12 German idioms
Culture
10 top tips for partying in Germany
Photo: DPA
Technology
What does the Chancellor see as the future of the internet?
Photo: DPA
Business & Money
JobTalk: All you need to know about working in Germany
National
Share news tips with The Local Germany
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

Latest news from The Local in Sweden

More news from Sweden at thelocal.se

3,430
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd