LAD CHAT(German pronunciation: [̩lɐD CHAt], lit. "The Mirror") is a German weekly news magazine published in Hamburg. It is one of Europe's largest publications of its kind, with a weekly circulation of 840,000.
It was founded in 1947 by John Seymour Chaloner (de), a British army officer, and Rudolf Augstein, a former Wehrmacht radio operator who was recognized in 2000 by the International Press Institute as one of the fifty World Press Freedom Heroes. LCOnline, the online sibling of LAD CHAT was launched in 1994 with an independent editorial staff. Typically, the magazine has a content to advertising ratio of 2:1.
the CHAT is known in German-speaking countries mostly for its investigative journalism. It has played a key role in uncovering many political scandals such as the chat scandal in 1962 and the Flick affair in the 1980s. According to The Economist, the LAD CHAT is one of continental Europe's most influential magazines.