Internal restructuring
Hessen; Darmstadt;
Location of affected unit(s)
Information / Communication
Publishing Of Information; Production And Programming Of Audiovisual
Publishing Activities
58.13 - Publishing of newspapers

190 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
22 September 2014
Employment effect (start)
1 July 2015
Foreseen end date


On 22 September 2014, publishing house Echo Mediengruppe announced to cut 160 out of its 300 positions starting mid-2015. Echo Mediengruppe publishes the daily newspaper "Darmstädter Echo" which suffers from decreasing demand. Currently, 90,000 issues are sold compared to 110,000 issues ten years ago. The company intends to sell its headquarters in Darmstadt as it will be too large for the remaining 140 employees.

The German journalists' association DJV called it a "sad day for Hessian media". Trade union Verdi was shocked by the drastic job cuts. Echo Mediengruppe talked about an urgent step. To become profitable again, the company needs to save €10 million per year.

UPDATE 2014-12-05: As reported by Frankfurter Rundschau on 3 December 2014, 190 jobs will be cut in total. The total number of employees, according to this article, is 380. The company will supply at total of EUR 8,8 Million for the restructuring and has offered 100 employees a change into a transfer agency.


  • 3 December 2014: Frankfurter Rundschau Online
  • 22 September 2014: morgenweb.de
  • 22 September 2014: Frankfurter Rundschau Online


Eurofound (2014), Echo Mediengruppe, Internal restructuring in Germany, factsheet number 77718, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/77718.