Information status: Draft


Controls Gruner + Jahr. Probably the world's largest publisher, at least until Spring 2003 when it got over-extended and had to sell Springer Verlag to Cinven and Candover.

Note: still to double-check which imprints were sold.

This page is a Draft: please let us know whether it's ready to be marked as "Current" or send corrections and additions.

What does Bertelsmann do?

Follow the link below to see the publications, radio and TV channels and major websites that Bertelsmann runs directly.

* Bertelsmann titles, channels, etc

Bertelsmann website

What does Bertelsmann have to say for itself? Visit its corporate website - the one with real information for money people, not the one for punters - linked below.

* Bertelsmann corporate website

Who owns Bertelsmann?
What else does it have a stake in?

Below is information gathered up to 2014-08-19 on shareholdings in and by this media owner.

Known media shareholdings - click ? to email the informant
2000_07: _Bert held a 74.9 stake in _GJ [source? 2
2012_10: _Bert held a 53% stake in _PRH [source? 3
2000_04: _Bert held a significant stake in _RTL [source? 4

More on this owner
(from journalists' points of view)

These are selected pieces about this media owner. At present most come from the NUJ's London Freelance Branch newsletter the Freelance, because it already has an extensive online archive.

Year_mo Title Source
2012_10 Pirate Party hoist by petard book is not free! [Freelance]
2006_10 New musical excess don't sign that contract! [Freelance]
2003_07 Universal sues Bertelsmann © violation through support of Napster [Newsfox]
2003_07 The darling briefs of May [Freelance]
2003_07 Puretunes promises to pay creators for dowloads industry to sue, though [BBC]
2003_07 EMI poised to sue Bertelsmann over Napster [The Register]
2002_10 Media giants demand ISPs block Web sites [The Register]
2002_03 Act against author abuse German publishers get nasty [Freelance]
2002_02 "Dirty campaign" against creators over German © law [IFJ]

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