The NZZ Media Group is one of Switzerland's major media companies. It has a clear positioning of high-quality journalism and is characterized by its outspoken liberal outlook (in the European sense, i.e. as opposed to collectivist or corporatist).
The flagship publication of the NZZ Media Group is the NZZ, which dates back to 1780. Headquartered in Zurich, the NZZ is the opinion leader in the Swiss media market, and radiates strongly into Germany and Austria. It is a quality newspaper of international calibre, appreciated as a liberal voice of considerable stature and as a provider of in-depth information. With strong roots in its home region, the NZZ is distributed nationally and internationally. Since 2012, print and online journalists are housed in a "converged" editorial setup for digital and hardcopy editions. The NZZ was the first Swiss publication to introduce a soft paywall in 2012.
The NZZ Media Group also owns the Sunday paper NZZ am Sonntag, launched in 2002. Apart from extensive analyses, in-depth backgrounders and commentary, the NZZ am Sonntag is also committed to delighting readers with entertaining stories and reports. The offer is rounded off by several magazines, including the NZZ Folio, a monthly; Z – Die schönen Seiten, a glossy magazine; and NZZ Campus, focused on students. Moreover, the Group owns the highly respected NZZ Libro book-publishing house, and produces television programmes for the main (public) broadcaster.
Besides its Zurich-based assets, the NZZ Media Group also publishes regional dailes, the St. Galler Tagblatt and Neue Luzerner Zeitung, their respective regional Sunday papers, and magazines and books. It also operates regional radio and TV stations and a number of online assets linked to the papers, and in verticals such as health. The NZZ Media Group additionally operates several printing plants.
The NZZ Media Group has a workforce of some 1600. In 2012 the organisation, whose shareholder structure is highly diversified, notched up sales of CHF 519 million ($564m), with an EBIT of 7%.