BERLIN (AP) — Alfred Neven DuMont, a prominent German newspaper publisher for several decades, has died. He was 88.

Neven DuMont's company, the M. DuMont Schauberg group, said he died on Saturday. It gave no further details in a statement Sunday.

Neven DuMont joined the family-controlled company in 1953. He took charge of Cologne's Stadt-Anzeiger daily and founded the tabloid Express in 1964, later serving as the group's chief executive.

He headed the company's supervisory board from 1990 until January this year. The group now publishes newspapers including the daily Berliner Zeitung and Hamburger Morgenpost and also includes book publisher DuMont.

It holds a 20 percent stake in the Haaretz Group, the publisher of one of Israel's best-known daily papers.