Le Temps

Lausanne Ringier Le Monde

Le Temps
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Ringier: 92.4% (since 2014)
Editor-in-chiefStéphane Benoit-Godet, Gaël Hurliman
Founded18 March 1998; 22 years ago (1998-03-18)
Political alignmentCentre; social-liberalism
HeadquartersPont Bessières 3
1002 Lausanne
OCLC number38739976

Le Temps (literally "The Times") is a Swiss French-language daily newspaper published in Berliner format in Lausanne by Le Temps SA.

It is the only nationwide French-language non-specialised daily newspaper of Switzerland.

According to the Research Department on Public Opinion and Society (FÖG) of the University of Zurich, it is of "high quality".[1][2]

History and profile

First published on 18 March 1998,[3] it is the result of the merger of the newspapers Journal de Genève, Gazette de Lausanne and Le Nouveau Quotidien.[4][5] As of 2010, it had 130 correspondents, including in Bern, Fribourg, Geneva, Lausanne, Neuchâtel, Sion and Zurich.

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"[6] cultural diary), thematic special editions, a website and digital applications.

Its publisher, Le Temps SA, was held by ER Publishing at eighty-two percent, which, in turn, is fifty-percent owned by Edipresse Group and fifty-percent owned by Ringier Group. The remaining eighteen-percent ownership is held by Claude Demole (seven percent), employees (six percent) and Le Monde newspaper (five percent).

Since 2014, Le Temps SA is owned at 92.5% by Ringier, at 3% by Claude Demole, at 2.4% by the Société des rédacteurs et du personnel du Temps SA and at 2.1% by Le Monde. Ringier announced that the reaction will move to Lausanne (to join the one of L'hebdo) although the Board of directors (chaired by Stéphane Garelli)[7] will stay in Geneva.

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

The circulation of Le Temps was 45,970 copies in 2006.[8] Its circulation was 45,506 copies in 2009.[9] In 2013 the paper had a paid circulation of 36,391 copies.[10]


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


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.


Le Temps digitalised the archives of its three predecessors:[12]

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

Notes and references

  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ Yves Petignat, "Le nivellement par le bas de la presse suisse", www.letemps.ch, Wednesday 25 September 2013.
  3. ^ "Le Temps celebrates its 15th anniversary". Publicitas. 18 March 2013. Archived from the original on 11 September 2013. Retrieved 17 January 2015.
  4. ^ "Le Temps". VoxEurop. Retrieved 17 January 2015.
  5. ^ Cyril Jost (4 February 2011). "The challenges confronting the Swiss press". Ina Global. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  6. ^ "Sortir, supplement to Le temps becomes monthly". Publicitas. 24 January 2014. Retrieved 17 January 2015.
  7. ^ "Stephane Garelli – Personally Speaking Bureau". Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  8. ^ "Swiss newspaper market in flux" (PDF). Swiss Review. 5: 9. October 2007. Retrieved 4 December 2014.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ 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.
  11. ^ "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.
  12. ^ (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).
  13. ^ Called Peuple vaudois from 1798 to 1803.