Annual Report

dpa also focused on improving its IT infrastructure. Under the title “Aurora”, a project was initiated to develop IT solutions throughout the group. These include the operation of joint data centres, cloud solutions and the design of future-oriented workspaces.

Together with the British Press Association (PA), dpa has joined “Group 39” – an association of independent European news agencies. This undercores dpa’s pledge to ensure the free flow information in Europe and the world. The organisation was founded in 1939 and now has ten members.

Beyond this, the German Press Agency has been involved in various event formats to promote dialogue and the exchange of ideas in the media industry. These include the first dpa-Verithon, for which verification experts and fact-checkers from across the country came to the Berlin newsroom, as well as the annual Scoopcamp, attended among others by former Guardian editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger.

At the ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the German Press Agency, Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier said: “Facts are facts when they are reported by dpa.” Once again, dpa has shown that as a vital and independent news agency it also fulfils a function for society as a whole. The provision of secure and verified information continues to be an important building block for the success of a democratic, pluralistic and open society.

3. Position

Earnings performance

At 92.9 million euros (previous year: 93.0 million euros), dpa’s turnover has remained virtually constant. The decline of 0.1 million euros was fortunately small, bearing in mind the aforementioned fall in the circulation of newspapers. 

In contrast to the foreseeable revenue declines of dpa’s Basic Service and the regional services, owing to the continued decline in circulation figures, foreign-language services succeeded in matching the sales level of the previous year. It should be particularly emphasized that the reorganization of the Spanish-language service led to only a slight decline in revenues of 0.1 million euros despite the painful cuts in cost structures. The Arab service was able to compensate for this by achieving a small degree of growth for the first time following difficult years.

In 2019, the profile service dpa-Select was able to record the largest revenue increase in recent years with a plus of 0.5 million euros. Standing at 8.4 million euros, it has fully achieved the ambitious growth targets.  

In the picture segment, the current image transmission service was also affected by the decline in circulation, and revenues fell slightly by 0.1 million euros to 8.5 million euros.

On the other hand, the persistently difficult segment of secondary image marketing succeeded in stabilizing revenues and avoiding a decline in earnings despite dramatic price cuts and cost pressure on the customer side. The package of measures agreed jointly with the dpa Picture-Alliance GmbH subsidiary to strengthen this market segment on a sustained basis is beginning to show an effect and this has led to a significantly improved result.