Crunch time hits Swiss French newspapers

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Battle lines sets for digital media ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – Tamedia, Switzerland’s largest newspaper publisher, is feeling the pinch that is hitting the rest of the journalism world, and it reportedly plans to cut costs. The media group will trim CHF34 million from its budget, according to RTS, Swiss French language public broadcasting, which hints at […]

Swiss media shakeout speeds up, in face of sharp print declines

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Merger approved by Competition Commission, but Tamedia recently accused of “abuse” Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Tamedia and Edipresse, two of Switzerland’s largest print and online media companies, will celebrate their marriage sooner than expected. The complete merger was expected in 2013, but the companies now say they will merge this year, when Tamedia’s purchase of […]

Police in Vaud warn of “Mystery shopper” scam

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Ads run in English in “serious” Swiss newspapers Lausanne, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Police in canton Vaud are warning the public of a scam that starts with advertisements run in English in Swiss newspapers the police qualify as “serious”, giving the ads some credibility. The ads have appeared in recent days in Le Temps, NZZ and […]

Le Temps job cuts, price hike to fight worst industry revenue drop in 60 years

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Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Le Temps, the main serious newspaper in French-speaking Switzerland, is making several changes to cope with a sharp drop in advertising revenue, cutting 7.5 percent of its editorial staff (10 jobs). It says the subscription price will be raised for 2010.  The newspaper says that the advertising revenue decline, which has […]

Competition authority oks Tamedia takeover of Edipresse

Bern, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – The Swiss Competition Commission has given its blessing to the proposed sale of Edipresse’s Swiss operations to Zurich-based Tamedia on the grounds that competition is not threatened by the takeover. Edipresse, Switzerland’s third-largest media company, is based in Lausanne and its operations in Switzerland are limited to the French-speaking area. Tamedia […]

Tamedia profits plunge in first half 2009

Zurich, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Profits at Switzerland’s largest media group, Tamedia AG plunged to only CHF800,000, a drop of almost 99 percent in the first half of 2009, the company announced 3 September. The results were even worse than analysts had predicted, and were blamed by the company on the “severe recession and also a […]

Why web sites ask you to register

Le Temps deserves congratulations: the newspaper’s new web site, unveiled this morning, is readable, easy to navigate and interesting. The latter doesn’t surprise: this is the quality French language newspaper in Switzerland, with good reporting and a lively editorial sense of curiosity about the world around it. If you want to improve your French and […]

Journal de Geneve is first free online newspaper (but it’s dead)

Geneva, Switzerland (Le Temps, Fre) – The headline seems misleading at first, Première suisse: les archives d’un journal en libre accès sur le Net, which might lead you to think one of the newspapers in Switzerland has changed its attitude to the Internet and is offering yesterday’s news, all of it, for free.