Le Temps (French pronunciation: [lə tɑ̃], lit.'The Time') is a Swiss French-language daily newspaper published in Berliner format in Geneva by Le Temps SA. It is the sole nationwide French-language non-specialised daily newspaper of Switzerland. Since 2021, it has been owned by Fondation Aventinus, a not-for-profit organisation.[1] Le Temps is considered a newspaper of record in Switzerland.[2][3] According to the Research Department on Public Opinion and Society (FÖG) of the University of Zurich, it is of "high quality".[4][5]

Le Temps
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Fondation Aventinus
Editor-in-chiefMadeleine von Holzen
Founded18 March 1998; 26 years ago (1998-03-18)
Political alignmentCentre; social liberalism
HeadquartersAvenue du Bouchet 2
1209 Geneva
OCLC number38739976
Websitewww.letemps.ch Edit this at Wikidata

History and profile edit

First published on 18 March 1998,[6] it is the result of the merger of three major newspapers from the Lake Geneva region: the Journal de Genève, Gazette de Lausanne and Le Nouveau Quotidien.[7][8] Previously owned by Ringier, it has been majority-owned by the not-for-profit Fondation Aventinus (95.5%). The remaining shares are held by the Groupe Le Monde (2.1%) and the employee-owned Société des rédacteurs et du personnel du Temps SA (2.4%).[9]

As of 2022, the newspaper had around 120 employees, spread across newsrooms in Geneva, Lausanne, Bern, Neuchâtel and Sion, and relying upon the work of freelance journalists worldwide.

Published Monday through Saturday, the newspaper has several supplements (Friday: "Carrières" job and management; Saturday: "Samedi culturel" and special features for the week-end; monthly "Sortir"[10] cultural diary), thematic special editions, a website and digital applications.

Le Temps[clarification needed] has an advertising agency, Le Temps Media (Publicitas).

The circulation of Le Temps was 45,970 copies in 2006.[11] Its circulation was 45,506 copies in 2009.[12] In 2013 the paper had a paid circulation of 36,391 copies.[13]

Editors-in-chief edit

The newspaper's former and current editors-in-chief are:

  • Eric Hoesli, from 1998 to 2002.
  • Jean-Jacques Roth, from 2002 to 2010.
  • Pierre Veya, from 2010 to 2015.
  • Stéphane Benoit-Godet and Gaël Hurlimann, from 2015 to 2020 [13][14]
  • Madeleine von Holzen, from 2021 to present

Collaborations edit

The newspaper collaborates editorially with newsrooms around the world, including Le Courrier International, Le Monde, Le Soir and La Tribune.

It shares advertising pools with the Neue Zürcher Zeitung and Le Monde.

Archives edit

Le Temps digitalised the archives of its three predecessors:[15]

  • Gazette de Lausanne (1798-1991)[16]
  • Journal de Genève (1826–1991)
  • Journal de Genève et gazette de Lausanne (1991–1998)
  • Le nouveau quotidien (1991–1998)

With assistance of the Swiss National Library and regional libraries, the publisher offers 200 years of independent Swiss press, available on the internet at www.letempsarchives.ch.

See also edit

Notes and references edit

  1. ^ "Une nouvelle étape pour 'Le Temps': l'audace d'y croire". Le Temps (in French). 3 January 2021. ISSN 1423-3967. Retrieved 12 August 2022.
  2. ^ Enderlin, Serge (5 November 2020). "La Fondation Aventinus ..." Le Monde (in French). Geneva. Archived from the original on 19 June 2023. Retrieved 19 June 2023. [Le Temps, newspaper of record of the French-language press in Switzerland]
  3. ^ "Darius Rochebin ..." Le Figaro (in French). Agence France-Presse. 9 November 2020. Archived from the original on 23 September 2022. Retrieved 19 June 2023. [Le Temps, newspaper of record in Switzerland]
  4. ^ The Quality of the Media Archived 24 September 2015 at the Wayback Machine, main findings, Research Department on Public Opinion and Society (FÖG) of the University of Zurich, 2012.
  5. ^ Yves Petignat, "Le nivellement par le bas de la presse suisse", www.letemps.ch, Wednesday 25 September 2013.
  6. ^ "Le Temps celebrates its 15th anniversary". Publicitas. 18 March 2013. Archived from the original on 11 September 2013. Retrieved 17 January 2015.
  7. ^ "Le Temps". VoxEurop. Retrieved 17 January 2015.
  8. ^ Cyril Jost (4 February 2011). "The challenges confronting the Swiss press". Ina Global. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  9. ^ "À propos". Le Temps (in French). ISSN 1423-3967. Retrieved 12 August 2022.
  10. ^ "Sortir, supplement to Le temps becomes monthly". Publicitas. 24 January 2014. Retrieved 17 January 2015.
  11. ^ "Swiss newspaper market in flux" (PDF). Swiss Review. 5: 9. October 2007. Retrieved 4 December 2014.
  12. ^ Hugo Bigi (2012). Journalism Education Between Market Dependence and Social Responsibility: An Examination of Trainee Journalists. Haupt Verlag AG. p. 27. ISBN 978-3-258-07753-6. Retrieved 17 January 2015.
  13. ^ a b "Switzerland: New editor-in-chief at Le Temps". Publicitas. 10 September 2014. Archived from the original on 19 September 2014. Retrieved 16 November 2014.
  14. ^ "Gaël Hurlimann nommé rédacteur en chef des plates-formes numériques de la future newsroom de Ringier Romandie". Ringier. 22 October 2014. Retrieved 5 January 2020.
  15. ^ (in French) "200 ans d'archives de presse ouvertes à tous grâce à un partenariat technologique entre Le Temps et l'EPFL", press release, 18 March 2016 (page visited on 12 August 2016).
  16. ^ Called Peuple vaudois from 1798 to 1803.

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