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Editor Helmut Markwort, Uli Baur
Categories newsmagazine
Frequency Weekly
Circulation 730,436 per week (IVW Q2/2006)
Publisher Helmut Markwort
First issue January 18, 1993
Company Hubert Burda Media
Country Germany
Language German
ISSN 0943-7576

Focus is a German weekly newsmagazine published in Munich and distributed throughout Germany. It is the third-largest weekly newsmagazine in Germany. It is considered conservative and leaned towards economic liberalism.


Focus was launched to pioneer a new style of journalism for readers short of time. The magazine was positioned against Der Spiegel and from day one has featured many color images and made heavy use of information graphics.

The magazine was founded by Helmut Markwort and Hubert Burda and was first published on January 18, 1993, with an initial circulation of around 478,000 [1]. The target audience is the "information elite", a term coined by Helmut Markwort who is also famous for his advertising slogan "facts, facts, facts".

For several years FOCUS has been considered by many to be one of the most successful German magazine launches ever. In November 2004, Uli Baur, who has been involved in the magazine from the start and who has worked with Helmut Markwort prior to joining FOCUS, was appointed as another editor in chief alongside Markwort.

The Focus Online news portal was launched in January 1996 in close co-operation with MSN Germany. FOCUS TV was launched later that year as an information magazine programme on the ProSieben TV channel. Spin-offs include FOCUS-MONEY magazine (launched in March 2000) the educational magazine Focus-Schule (launched in January 2005).

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