The Press: The First Decade

West Germany, a nation without a single operating newspaper at war's end, last week boasted 1,497 dailies and greater press freedom than at any other time in its history. As newspapers throughout the country noted their tenth anniversaries, they reported that circulation (total: 17.3 million) and advertising revenues were also at record peaks. But the editorial level of the press is not so high. Few dailies or magazines can match the best papers in the rest of Europe; German publishers still take greater pride in long-winded Page One editorials than accurate reporting. The...

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