It is the only nationwide French-language non-specialised daily newspaper of Switzerland.
History and profile
First published on 18 March 1998, it is the result of the merger of the newspapers Journal de Genève, Gazette de Lausanne and Le Nouveau Quotidien. 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" 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) will stay in Geneva.
Le Temps has an advertising agency, Le Temps Media (Publicitas).
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, since January 2015.
Le Temps digitalised the archives of its three predecessors:
- Gazette de Lausanne (1798-1991)
- 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.