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Here's what the Spiegel has to say on the issue in its Daily Take:

The deal, although far from cheap, is a dream come true for the publishing house, which has long had ambitions to branch into television. Considering the influence Springer already has on Germany's media landscape, this seems just a teeny bit greedy. Springer not only owns the country's best-selling tabloid, Bild, better known for its bare-breasted beauties than its balanced reporting, but is Germany's largest newspaper publishing house. It churns out more than 150 newspapers in 27 countries, and in Germany alone its products are read by over 35 million people, way over a third of the population.

Add this media omnipotence to the fact that Springer publications, such as Die Welt, tend not to shy away from the odd neo-conservative rant, so at odds with Germany's liberal mores, and you can understand why the reaction has not been overwhelmingly positive.

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The buyout will, however, have to be checked by the Commission on Concentration in the Media (KEK) first. If they give the go ahead, Germany could look forward to even more in-depth TV shows dealing with brassiere sizes, breast-enlargement surgery and how to make the most of one's cleavage.

by hesk on Sat Aug 6th, 2005 at 06:04:44 PM EST

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