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Politiken


Politiken was founded in 1884 by Viggo Hørup, Edvard Brandes and Hermann Bing. Politiken is a radical-social, liberal newspaper. In 1970, it broke its final ties to the Social Liberal Party (Radikale Venstre) after 65 years of cooperation. This means that Politiken is free and independent of all economic and political interests. In order to emphasise complete editorial independence, a “manifesto” was formulated in 1956 establishing editorial independence from the board of directors. The newspaper’s editor-in-chief is appointed by the Politiken Foundation, which is headed by a self-elective board with the obligation to ensure the editorial independence of the newspaper.

Market position
Politiken is Denmark’s largest daily newspapers and has a position as Denmark’s “spirited newspaper” (Levende Avis). In addition to politiken.dk, Politiken operates a number of Internet sites including ibyen, tjek, Politiken TV and Rejser. Politiken’s target group is defined as the modern community-oriented segment.

Number of employees
The number of full-time employees is calculated at 390 people including 170 journalists. The distribution and printing operations at Politiken have been spun off into independent companies. This means that the employees of these two companies are not included in the above figure, and similarly, freelance journalists, stringers, delivery people and the suchlike are not included either.

Revenue structure
Politiken is a subscription paper. The vast majority of the newspaper’s circulation is sold to subscribers. The rest is by direct sale to non-subscribers. Some 30% of the newspaper’s revenue is from the sale of advertisements. Advertising revenue contributes to ensure financial strength in order that editorial quality can be maintained and further developed, and the sales price of the newspaper can be kept down.

Management
Editorial management is under Christian Jensen (editor-in-chief) and Anne Mette Svane.

Ownership structure
Since January 1, 2003, Politiken has been published by JP/Politikens Hus which also publishes Morgenavisen Jyllands-Posten and Ekstra Bladet. On that same date the old company, Aktieselskabet Dagbladet Politiken, was converted into A/S Politiken Holding. JP/Politikens Hus is the result of a merger of Jyllands-Posten and Politikens Hus at the turn of 2002/2003. An essential precondition for the merger was that the three newspapers were to maintain their unconditional editorial independence and character.

Social commitment
Politiken is particularly known for its cultural profile and actively participates in the support of cultural and sports events. These include the annual Copenhagen Marathon; Zealand Round by Bike; Tøserunden (women’s bicycle race); the world’s largest fun run, the 5x5 Stafetten relay; Across Zealand by bike; World Outgames 2009; Around Christiansborg - swimming competition, and the annual World Press Photo exhibition. In addition, Politiken sponsors numerous cultural events such as the Politiken Audience Award in connection with CPH:PIX, CPH:DOX and the Buster Film Festival.

Awards
FREEDOM AWARD. Founded 2007 on Herbert Pundik’s 80th birthday. Awarded once a year to a person who, with personal courage and unquestionable moral standing, has taken an outstanding responsibility in the fight for freedom and fundamental human rights. The award, at DKK 100,000, is sponsored by Politiken-Fonden. The prize will be awarded in the 2007-2017 period.

ÅRETS FUND (Discovery of the Year). Politiken’s Årets Fund prize is Denmark’s oldest sporting prize and has been awarded since 1929. All sporting associations under the umbrella of the Sports Confederation of Denmark nominate candidates for the award, which is decided on by a judges’ panel including representatives from the Sports Confederation, Team Danmark and Politiken. All nominated candidates are introduced in Politiken’s media prior to the 10 finalists being acclaimed at Politiken’s premises on Town Hall Square in Copenhagen. Årets Fund celebrates sporting talents on the threshold to a breakthrough into the top levels of their sport. As such, the award has ‘discovered’ a long list of athletes who have eventually become some of Denmark’s greatest sporting personalities. Caroline Wozniacki (tennis ‘04), Nicklas Bendtner (soccer ‘06), Daniel Agger (soccer ‘05), Rasmus Henning (triathlon ‘00), Kenneth Carlsen (tennis ‘92), Mette Jacobsen (swimming ‘88), Morten Frost (badminton ‘78), Erik Hansen (kayak ‘60), Harald Nielsen (soccer ‘59), Ole Madsen (soccer ‘58), Bent Mortensen (handball ‘57), Palle Lykke (cycling ‘56), Niels Holst-Sørensen (athletics ‘41), 'lovely little’ Inge Sørensen (swimming ‘36) and Ragnhild Hveger (swimming ’35) have all been Årets Fund.

EDVARD PRIZE. The prize is named after Edvard Brandes (1847-1931) who was one of Politiken’s founders, and was founded in 1996. The prize is presented once each year on Edvard Brandes’ birthday on October 21 to “the multi-artist who is capable of giving his articles profile and penetration”. Winners can be journalists, photographers or cartoonists. The award is at DKK 10,000 and is accompanied by a sculpture by Pontus Kjerrman.

HØRUP PRIZE. Named after one of Politiken’s founders, Viggo Hørup (1841-1902). Founded in 1992, the prize is awarded to a journalist at Politiken who has made a special effort in the newspaper in the preceding year. The award, at DKK 10,000, is presented at the Hørup statue in the King’s Garden in Copenhagen on Hørup’s birthday, May 22.

IBYEN-PRISEN. Founded 2008. Awarded for the first time in February 2009. Winners can be places or people who do not necessarily do a lot for many, but who “light original lights in a world where the originals may have difficult conditions” A jury consisting of iByen’s editors and well-known people from the city’s world of gastronomy and night life nominate five candidates in each of 10 categories. On the basis of the nominations, Politiken’s readers choose the prize winner in each category.
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Christian Jensen
Editor-in-Chief
b. 1972
Journalist, 1999
Employed since: 2016


Former occupation:


2010-16: Editor-in-Chief, Dagbladet Information A/S
2007-10: Editor, Berlingske Tidende
2004-07: News Editor, Berlingske Tidende
2001-04: Sunday Editor, Berlingske Tidende
1999-01: Investigative journalist, Berlingske Tidende


 


CHRISTIAN.JENSEN@POL.DK