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Generational Shift And Restructuring On Gruner + Jahr Executive Board in 2004

Hamburg, 28 September 2003
As part of a generational shift that has been planned for a long time, G+J´s Executive Board will see some changes in major divisions up to the end of 2004.


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GEO magazine now also published in Romania.

Hamburg, 18 August 2003
The GEO family of quality magazines continues togrow. The latest addition is a licensed edition of GEO magazine in Romania.First introduced 27 years ago in Germany, GEO now appears in six countriesaround the world (Germany, France, Spain, Russia, South Korea and Romania).


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BRIGITTE expands brand with BRIGITTE COOKIE

Hamburg, 06 August 2003
The latest addition to the BRIGITTE brand is called BRIGITTE COOKIE. With 164 pages in total, the new pocket format magazine presents quick and easy recipes straight out of the BRIGITTE kitchen. G+J are planning to publish COOKIE four times a year from 2004. In six categories ("pasta", "soups ; salads", "mains", "fit and slim", "party!" and "So sweet") BRIGITTE COOKIE offers one recipe on every double page. Each magazine comprises 60 recipes in total. Thanks to a clear structure and many tips and tricks, the outstanding BRIGITTE quality recipes make you feel like cooking and enjoying the results straight away.


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Management Changeover At Berliner Verlag

Hamburg, 30 July 2003
Torsten-Jörn Klein (39) will be leavingBerliner Verlag (Berliner Zeitung, Berliner Kurier, BerlinOnline, Berlin.de, Berliner Zeitungsdruck) on Sep 1, 2003 and will pass the scepter to his current deputy and publishing director Ove Saffe (42). Klein joined Berliner Verlag in January 1998 as publishing director in charge of Sales, Marketing, and Ads and took over the management for the whole Berlin-based publishing group in January 2000.


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Let´s Eat! Gruner + Jahr Launches ESSEN;TRINKEN – FÜR JEDEN TAG

Hamburg, 16 July 2003
The ESSEN;TRINKEN family will soon welcome a new member to its table: Next Tuesday marks the launch of ESSEN;TRINKEN – FÜR JEDEN TAG, a new Gruner + Jahr food magazine in the handy pocket format (12.8 x 19 cm, or roughly 5 x 8 inches). "Easy, fast, delicious," is the magazine´s claim; its concept is the brainchild of the experienced ESSEN;TRINKEN team. "We cater primarily to ´spontaneous cooks´," says editor-in-chief Martin Lagoda. "Thanks to its size, readers can easily take ESSEN;TRINKEN – FÜR JEDEN TAG to the supermarket with them and buy all they need then and there– we consciously avoided very exclusive ingredients." The preparation of the dishes is accordingly simple: maximum "time-to-meal" is 30 minutes.


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G+J Polska: Polish women love GLAMOUR

Hamburg, 13 July 2003
Gruner + Jahr has successfully launched the women's magazine GLAMOUR in Poland. On average, the first three editions (April – June, 2003) of the monthly title found more than 330,000 female buyers. In comparison with the average sales in 2002 within the segment of high quality women's titles, GLAMOUR was not only ahead of internationally renowned titles, such as "Elle" (94.896) and "Cosmopolitan" (121.331), but it also beat local magazine "Tw;oacute;j Styl" (295.507) from the very beginning. It thus leads the market within the segment of glossy women's magazines. This success is also rewarded by the advertising customers. With 171 advert pages for the first three editions, GLAMOUR is already in second position behind "Tw;oacute;j Styl" within its segment according to Polish advertising statistics.With the successful launch of GLAMOUR, published by G+J Polska under license of Condé; Nast, Gruner + Jahr managed to strengthen their top position within the complete segment of women's magazines in Poland. Regarding the overview of sales and gross proceeds adverts, both weekly titles NAJ and GALA, as well as the monthly titles CLAUDIA and GLAMOUR, account for 35 percent of the sold women's magazines in Poland. Oliver Voigt, CEO G+J Polska: "With 39 million inhabitants, Poland is the largest and most attractive Eastern European readers' market. Following GALA and NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, with GLAMOUR we have successfully placed another large international quality title on the market. We will consequently expand its market leader position among the women's magazines."


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GEOLenok magazine – launch of the year in Russia

Hamburg, 10 July 2003
GEOLenok, the knowledge and reports magazine for children and teenagers, which Gruner + Jahr launched in Russia this spring, has been awarded magazine launch of the year there. During an event organized by the government of Moscow, GEOLenok was awarded for its "innovative approach concerning text and layout, and the extraordinarily high editorial quality". Among the jury were prominent representatives from the fields of politics, economy, society and culture. Following GEOLino in Germany and GEO ADO in France, GEOLenok is the third step towards establishing a high quality international magazine brand for young readers. The first edition of the title, which was launched with 50,000 copies for the price of 35 rubles (ca 1 Euro) has already sold out. GEOLenok, following GEO and GALA as Gruner + Jahr's third title on the Russian magazine market, is published nine times a year. Says Olaf Hengerer, CEO G+J Russia: "The award and the high sales of GEOLenok confirm that we are heading in the right direction with our strategy of launching high quality titles on the young Russian market."


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As of October 30, 2003, Gerd Schulte-Hillen resigns from his position as Gruner + Jahr Chairman of the Supervisory Board

Hamburg, 06 July 2003
Gerd Schulte-Hillen, 62, chairman of the Bertelsmann AG andGruner + Jahr AG supervisory board, informed theGruner + Jahr AG shareholders that,as of October 30, 2003 - the date of the next G+J board meeting - he will resign fromhis position as chairman of the Gruner + Jahr AG supervisory board and member of thesupervisory board. He thus follows the principles of good corporate governance hestrongly supports - among them the avoidance of dual mandate in proprietary andaffiliated companies. This follows an announcement Mr. Schulte-Hillen made in March 2003.


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"RTL- GALA Summer Programs"

Hamburg, 30 June 2003
Each Wednesday from July 2 for eight weeks, famousFrench stars will present their favorite holiday towns or regions in GALA.This new section will be entitled "Postcards from the stars". With four pagesof fantastic photos, information and useful addresses, you can experience andlearn to love a region through the eyes of a well-known personality.On the agenda are Francis Perrin and Le Touquet, Laurent Bourgnon andLa Trinité;-sur-Mer and Michel Leeb and Le Cap-Ferret among others. These placescan also be seen on RTL´s weekly program "Summer detours".


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Stefano de Alessandri New Managing Director of
Gruner + Jahr/ Mondadori in Italy

Hamburg, 02 June 2003
Stefano de Alessandri (43) will take over the management ofthe Italian publishing company Gruner + Jahr / Mondadori, a joint venture betweenArnoldo Mondadori Editore S.p.A. and Gruner + Jahr AG & Co KG, from PhilippeGuesdon (48), effective July 1, 2003. After 13 years at the head of the publishingcompany in Italy, Guesdon is returning to France, to Gruner + Jahr´s Frenchsubsidiary Prisma Presse. Axel Ganz (65), Gruner + Jahr´s executive board memberin charge of International Magazines, will at the same time become President ofthe Gruner + Jahr / Mondadori executive board.


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Appointments within the Discovery segment of the Prisma Presse group

Hamburg, 21 May 2003
As business manager, Sophie Sachnine contributed a great deal to the successful revivalof ;Ccedil;a m´inté;resse in 2002, thanks to which the number of sold copies of the title in Franceincreased by 9.5% compared to 2001. Ms. Sachnine graduated from EAP in 1988 and gaineda Masters in Communication from HEC Business School in 1989. She began her career at Nestlé;France before joining Prisma Presse at the end of 1993 and becoming director of advertising,first for GEO and ;Ccedil;a m´inté;resse, and later for Capital. Sophie Sachnine occupied the postof business manager of the women´s segment at Martine Grapas before she was offered thesame position with ;Ccedil;a m´inté;resse in April 2001.


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Opening night of the World Press Photo Exhibition in Germany - presented by GEO and Gruner + Jahr from May 1- 25, 2003 at the G+J press building at Baumwall in Hamburg

Hamburg, 04 May 2003
A mourning boy standing at the grave of his father who died in an earthquakein Iran in June 2002: the picture vividly expresses helplessness, grief, andtangible misery.


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GEOLenok - The innovative children;lsquo;s magazine from Gruner + Jahr in Russia

Hamburg, 07 April 2003
Gruner + Jahr, Europe;lsquo;s biggest magazine publisher,has announced its new children;lsquo;s magazine GEOLenok. Gruner + Jahr has beensuccessfully publishing children;lsquo;s GEOLino in Germany since 1996 andGEOAdo in France since 2002. GEOLenok is the logical extension of the world-renownedGEO editorial product and a unique magazine in the Russian press market.


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Gruner + Jahr Doubles 2002 EBITA To ;euro;234 Million - Revenues Total ;euro;2.8 Billion - New Titles In USA, France, Poland, Russia And China

Hamburg, 27 March 2003
Gruner + Jahr, Europe;lsquo;s biggest magazine publisher, delivered acomparatively good performance in 2002 despite the advertising crisis, andwill continue to grow in 2003, mainly by means of new title launches.EBITA, reported under to IAS (International Accounting Standards) for thefirst time, doubled year on year to 234 million (2001 pro forma: ;euro;117million). Total earnings (EBITA including special gains) rose to ;euro;406 million.During the same period, revenues declined to ;euro;2.8 billion, due to disposalsand the continuing decline in the ad business, especially in Germany. Netearnings amounted to ;euro;116 million (00/01: ;euro;40 million, reported under HGBGerman Commercial Code which restricts comparability), while cash flowmore than tripled to ;euro;385 million (00/01 pro forma: ;euro;114 million/HGB). TheReturn on Sales was 8.3 percent.