Lucerne newspaper

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Lucerne newspaper
Luzerner Zeitung Logo 2016.png
description Central Switzerland daily newspaper in five regional editions
publishing company CH Media
First edition July 1, 1828 (Vaterland / Waldstätterbote)
Frequency of publication Every day
Sold edition 108,617 (previous year 112,978) copies
( WEMF circulation bulletin 2018)
Widespread edition 113,991 (previous year 117,757) copies
(WEMF circulation bulletin 2018)
Range 0.284 (previous year 0.292) million readers
(WEMF Total Audience 2018-2)
Editors-in-chief Pascal Hollenstein (Head of Journalism CH Media), Jérôme Martinu
editor CH Media
Web link

The Luzerner Zeitung (LZ) is a Swiss regional newspaper . It appears from Monday to Saturday as the main journal for the canton of Lucerne and in four regional editions for the central Swiss cantons of Zug , Uri , Obwalden and Nidwalden . It was also published on Sundays from September 2008 to June 2019 under the title Zentralschweiz am Sonntag . Since June 2019, the Saturday edition has been published instead, expanded as Switzerland on the weekend .

The Luzerner Zeitung has been published by CH Media , a joint venture between NZZ-Mediengruppe and AZ Medien , since October 1st, 2018 . It was previously part of the NZZ media group.


In addition to the Luzerner Zeitung , the four regional editions Zuger Zeitung , Nidwaldner Zeitung , Obwaldner Zeitung and Urner Zeitung appear in the respective cantons. These each have their own front page and their own regional section. The regional editions were also preceded by the word new in the title until September 17, 2016 .

The Neue Schwyzer Zeitung , the regional edition for the Canton of Schwyz with a recent circulation of around 3,400 copies, was discontinued on December 31, 2013. Since January 2014, the Bote der Urschweiz ( “Bote” for short ) has been part of the Luzerner Zeitung newspaper network instead . The operational independence of the messenger remained, the cooperation consists in the fact that both newspapers offer each other all current newspaper content for publication. In particular, the messenger takes on the supraregional editorial part with the departments abroad, inland, economy, sport and culture as well as the national advertisements from the Luzerner Zeitung . This content was previously provided by the Südostschweiz Mediengruppe. The Bote der Urschweiz achieved a circulation of 15,573 (previous year 15,931) sold or 17,023 (previous year 17,022) copies (weekly large edition with 30,884 (previous year 30,732) copies) .

The WEMF - certified Total circulation is 108'617 (previous year 112'978.) Sold or 113'991 (previous year 117'757.) Spread copies. The Luzerner Zeitung reached with all regional editions around 284,000 (prev. 292'000) reader, making it the most widely read daily newspaper in Central Switzerland.

title Editorial management Sold
competitor logo
Lucerne newspaper Jérôme Martinu 63,348 Logo of the Luzerner Zeitung
Zug newspaper Harry Ziegler 14,793 Logo Zuger Zeitung
Nidwalden newspaper Florian Arnold 6,748 Logo Nidwaldner Zeitung
Obwalden newspaper Florian Arnold 4,998 Logo Obwalden newspaper
Uri newspaper Florian Arnold 3,157 Urner Wochenblatt Logo Urner Zeitung

Like all printed daily newspapers, the Luzerner Zeitung has had to accept falling circulation for several years. The circulation sold has fallen by 20,433 from 129,050 to 108,617 copies since 2008, that is 15.83%.

Development of the circulation sold according to WEMF circulation bulletins (see details 2008 and 2018). In 2014, the Bote der Urschweiz replaced the much lower circulation Schwyzer Zeitung .

Online portal

The Luzerner Zeitung AG also runs an online platform. Until December 7, 2010 the website was called “”. Since then, the online presence has been available under “” or the respective regional editions such as “”, “” etc. Since the name change, national and international news from the Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ) product “NZZ Online” has also been posted on the website .



The Fatherland was a Catholic daily Lucerne newspaper that appeared from 1871 to 1991. It merged on November 2, 1991 with the liberal Luzerner Tagblatt to form the Luzerner Zeitung III .

Foundation and expansion

The fatherland was the successor to the Lucerne newspaper I launched by the Räber brothers in Lucerne in 1833 . This appeared twice a week from 1834 onwards. A short time later it was named Das Vaterland . From 1842–1846 it appeared under the name of the Staatszeitung der Catholic Schweiz , from 1847 again under the old name of Luzerner Zeitung II , only twice, from 1849 three times a week. In 1863, after the merger with the Schweizer Zeitung , it dared to make the leap to the daily newspaper; from October 1, 1871, it called itself the Federal Cross for two days , then Fatherland .

Catholic Conservative Party Gazette

The fatherland always remained a Catholic-conservative press organ. Due to its orientation, it had a loyal readership and increased the circulation from 6,000 in 1891 to 58,360 copies in 1980. From 1970 onwards, the fatherland was the supplier of religious, international and domestic pages for other Catholic newspapers like the Neue Zürcher Nachrichten , Die Ostschweiz , Aargauer Volksblatt , Basler Volksblatt and Glarner Volksblatt . In the 1980s, the party press began to crumble and the fact that there were three daily newspapers in Lucerne made the advertising business difficult.

Merger with the Luzerner Tagblatt

From 1971 onwards, the conservative fatherland ran the “Tandem” pool of advertisements together with the liberal Lucerne daily newspaper, which ensured the daily newspaper 's survival. The introduction of the pool caused a sensation in central Switzerland, as the two papers were politically crazy. In order to survive against the non-party affiliated Lucerne Latest News (LNN), this economic rapprochement was essential. But both daily newspapers lost more and more subscribers to the LNN, which of all three newspapers had the most extensive sports section. This led to the fact that the two political newspapers merged in 1991 to form the Luzerner Zeitung III .

Before the merger, the Vaterland appeared with the formerly independent weekly newspapers Schwyzer Zeitung , Nidwaldner Volksblatt and the newly founded Zuger Zeitung, expanded to daily regional editions .

Luzerner Tagblatt

The Luzerner Tagblatt first appeared on January 1, 1852. It was a paper with a politically liberal tendency owned by Xaver Meyer . In 1879 he sold his printing company to Heinrich Keller from Zurich. In 1916 the general partnership (later family stock corporation) Buchdruckerei Keller & Co. was founded. The Luzerner Tagblatt included the regional editions of the Nidwaldner Tagblatt , Zuger Tagblatt and Gotthard Post / Urner Tagblatt . Due to mistakes in the management of the publishing house financially in the eighties, and the merger of the FDP -related newspaper with the CVP -related newspaper group Vaterland finally became inevitable. The Luzerner Tagblatt appeared for the last time on October 31, 1991 and was included in the Luzerner Zeitung on November 2, 1991 .

Luzerner Zeitung (LZ, 1991)

The Luzerner Zeitung III was created on November 2, 1991 through the merger of the two daily newspapers Luzerner Tagblatt and Vaterland and their respective headers. It appeared with regional editions for the five other central Swiss cantons of Zug , Schwyz , Uri , Obwalden and Nidwalden . On January 1, 1996 the newspaper was merged with the Luzerner Neusten Nachrichten in the Neue Luzerner Zeitung .

Lucerne news (LNN)

From the Luzerner Tages-Anzeiger to the LNN

The Luzerner Neusten Nachrichten (LNN) was a daily newspaper in Lucerne . The newspaper was published for 98 years, from October 24, 1897 (as the Luzerner Tages-Anzeiger ) to December 30, 1995.

In 1916 the printer and publisher CJ Bucher took over the Lucerne cooperative printing company and with it the publishing rights of the Lucerne Daily Gazette. In 1918 the Luzerner Tages-Anzeiger became the Lucerne Latest News . In 1973 the Ringier publishing house took over the entire block of shares in C. J. Bucher AG from the Bucher family. In 1975 the newspaper was renamed Luzerner Neuste Nachrichten .

Merger with the Luzerner Zeitung

Because of the takeover of the Berner Zeitung Der Bund by Ringier, the competition pushed the LNN out of an important Swiss advertising pool in 1993. The LNN could not recover financially from this blow; for the owner, the Ringier publishing house, they became a loss-making business. At the end of 1995 the merger with the Luzerner Zeitung III took place to form the Neue Luzerner Zeitung , which appeared for the first time on January 3, 1996.

The Luzerner Neusten Nachrichten was the main sponsor of FC Luzern for many years .

New Lucerne Newspaper (NLZ)

Logo of the Neue Luzerner Zeitung until September 2016

In March 2016, Pascal Hollenstein, previously deputy editor-in-chief of NZZ am Sonntag , took over responsibility for the supraregional parts of the NLZ as head of journalism at NZZ regional media. Its long-time editor-in-chief, Thomas Bornhauser, resigned in the course of this reorganization, but continued to write for the newspaper. Jérôme Martinu, previously head of the regional departments and deputy editor-in-chief, was appointed as the new editor-in-chief from May 1, 2016; he is only responsible for the regional areas.

Luzerner Zeitung (LZ, 2016)

Since September 19, 2016, the newspaper has been appearing again - as in 1833, 1847 and 1991 - under the name Luzerner Zeitung IV (LZ). At the same time, it was slightly redesigned. The most important changes besides the name change are the transition from five to six columns , the new logo as well as a slightly larger font and new title fonts. There is now a regular “head of the day” on page 2. The regional editions and Central Switzerland on Sunday have been adjusted accordingly.

With the redesign, the layout was harmonized with that of the St. Galler Tagblatt so that national pages can be exchanged more easily between the two newspapers belonging to the NZZ media group.

In 2018, the NZZ media group brought the Luzerner Zeitung together with the St. Galler Tagblatt to the CH Media joint venture founded with AZ Medien , which both groups share equally. In preparation for this, the holding companies of the two newspapers, LZ Medien Holding AG and Tagblatt Medien Holding AG, were merged to form RMH Regionalmedien AG. The joint venture includes the regional newspapers and the radio and TV stations of both companies. Operations started on October 1, 2018.


When the Neue Luzerner Zeitung was founded in 1996, it was published by Neue Luzerner Medien AG, a subsidiary of Luzerner Zeitung AG (51% shares) with Ringier AG (49%). In 1998 Luzerner Zeitung AG was renamed LZ Medien Holding and in 1999 Neue Luzerner Medien AG was renamed Neue Luzerner Zeitung AG and has since operated as part of LZ Medien Holding.

In 2002, Ringier sold its 49% stake in Neue Luzerner Zeitung AG to the NZZ media group . This brought the share into LZ Medien Holding. As a result, Neue Luzerner Zeitung AG became a 100 percent subsidiary of LZ Medien Holding. In return, the NZZ received a 33% share in LZ Medien Holding. On September 6, 2016, Neue Luzerner AG was renamed Luzerner Zeitung AG.

The NZZ media group was able to further expand its participation over time. In April 2010 it acquired a 75% stake in Freie Presse Holding AG, St. Gallen, of which 80% belonged to LZ Medien Holding. FPH Freie Presse Holding has been 100% owned by the NZZ media group since autumn 2014. FPH owned 91% of LZ Medien Holding, 9% belonged to various other shareholders. In 2018, LZ Medien Holding AG was merged with the St. Galler Tagblatt holding company, Tagblatt Medien Holding AG, to form RMH Regionalmedien AG, in which FPH Freie Presse Holding now holds 95%.


  • Max Huber: History of the political press in the canton of Lucerne from 1914-1945 (= Lucerne historical publications. Vol. 25). Rex-Verlag, Luzern / Stuttgart 1989, ISBN 3-7252-0529-9 (also Diss. Univ. Zurich 1989).
  • Konrad Suter: Press History of the Canton of Lucerne from 1945 to 1970 (= Religion Politics Society in Switzerland, Vol. 16). Universitäts-Verlag, Freiburg / Switzerland, 1996, ISBN 3-7278-1088-2

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. a b c d e WEMF-Auflagebulletin 2018 ( Memento of the original from January 16, 2019 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. , P. 17 (PDF; 796 kB). @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  2. a b WEMF Total Audience 2018-2 ( Memento of the original from October 15, 2018 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link has been inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. , P. 6 (PDF; 609 kB). @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  3. New media company has started. In: . 1st October 2018.
  4. Our brands. CH Media .
  5. Cooperation with «Bote» starts. In: Neue Luzerner Zeitung. December 31 2013.
  6. “Bote der Urschweiz” becomes a new partner. In: Neue Luzerner Zeitung. June 25, 2013, accessed January 2, 2014 .
  7. ^ Thomas Bornhauser (editor-in-chief): Abgesang and new start. In: Neue Schwyzer Zeitung. December 31, 2013 (latest edition).
  8. WEMF edition bulletin 2018 ( Memento of the original from January 16, 2019 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. , P. 17; Large edition p. 8 (PDF; 796 kB). @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  9. WEMF-Auflaufbulletin 2008 ( Memento of May 21, 2009 in the Internet Archive ), p. 12.
  10. ^ History of the LZ media. NZZ regional media.
  11. ^ Max Huber: Public communication - the Lucerne media landscape . In: The Canton of Lucerne in the 20th Century . B. 2, ISBN 978-3-0340-1198-3 , pp. 182 .
  12. a b c Company history LZ Medien Holding AG. The most important stages in the company's history. (PDF; 38 kB) (No longer available online.) Information page from LZ Medien, archived from the original on December 14, 2013 ; Retrieved November 26, 2011 . Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  13. Pascal Hollenstein becomes head of journalism for regional media. In: Neue Zürcher Zeitung . February 17, 2016 (press release from the NZZ media group ).
  14. Jérôme Martinu becomes the new editor-in-chief of the “Neue Luzerner Zeitung”. In: Neue Luzerner Zeitung Online. April 19, 2016.
  15. Sven Gallinelli: A new layout for our newspaper. ( Memento of the original from September 20, 2016 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. In: Neue Luzerner Zeitung. September 12, 2016. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  16. a b Rainer Rickenbach: Shareholders agree to merger. In: Lucerne newspaper. May 14, 2018.
  17. New media company has started. In: 1st October 2018.
  18. a b NZZ media group. Holdings. NZZ media group , accessed on November 26, 2011 .