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Tamedia’s printing facilities have been operating under the same logo since 1 January. The print centres have already acted in the market as «Druckzentrum Bern», «Centre d’Impression Lausanne» and «Druckzentrum Zürich» for the previous nine months. The standardized design logos symbolize the affiliation between the three newspaper print centres as well as their regional roots. The new uniform logo for the three print centres underscores their shared corporate identity. The logo shows a stylized folding machine.
On 30 January Tamedia announced that Martin Coninx, Managing Director of Finanz und Wirtschaft, will step down at the end of this year. He decided to leave the company after nine years to pursue other business interests outside of Tamedia.
Tamedia informs on 26 February that Andreas Schulthess is resigning from the Board of Directors of Tamedia, effective as of the Annual General Meeting on 26 April 2013. The 42-year old economist has served on the Board since 2007. Andreas Schulthess is planning to take his career in a new direction, but will remain affiliated with Tamedia as a shareholder and a member of the founding family.
The Board of Directors has proposed Claudia Coninx-Kaczynski to succeed Andreas Schulthess. Claudia Coninx-Kaczynski (39) is also a member of the founding family of Tamedia. She studied law at the University of Zurich and copyright law and international finance law at the London School of Economics and Political Science. After working in the field of research at the University of Zurich for some time, Claudia Coninx-Kaczynski headed the operations of a real estate company as a member of the Board of Directors. She currently serves in various capacities at Swisscontent AG.
Tamedia publishes on 21 march the annual report: Tamedia has closed its financial year 2012 with revenue of CHF 1.05 billion. The operating income before depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) stands at CHF 203.4 million (EBITDA margin of 19.3 percent) and the operating income (EBIT) comes to CHF 143.0 million, which corresponds to an EBIT margin of 13.6 percent. The net income fell by 15.0 percent to CHF 152.0 million. The Board of Directors proposes to distribute dividends in the amount of CHF 4.50 per share.
The format of Schweizer Familie has been revised effective 28 March: The magazine has grown in height by 15 mm. At the same time, the size of the ads was adjusted. Overall, the layout is more generous now and the fonts will continue to be refined and updated. Also, in the future, the magazine will be printed on paper with a warmer hue and a finer finish to additionally enhance its value.
Tamedia is investing in the development of its digital operations and therefore established the new Digital Advertising & Services division as of 1 April. Its purpose is to define a joint online advertising strategy, coordinate cross-group activities in digital advertising and provide services, such as the advancement of advertising technology, traffic management and the marketing of overlapping products.
The new division will be headed by Stephan Obwegeser, currently Managing Director of search.ch. Stephan Obwegeser (38) has been instrumental in the successful growth of search.ch during the past few years. He is a proven online specialist with over 15 years of experience in digital advertising.
Urs Hügli, currently Head of Classified Online at Tamedia, succeeded Obwegeser as Managing Director of search.ch, effective 1 April. Between 2001 and 2009, 53-year old Hügli served as CEO of Homegate AG and contributed significantly to the successful development of homegate.ch, the leading real estate portal in Switzerland.
For the fifth time since 2008 Tamedia is honouring outstanding media contributions with the Tamedia Scholarship Award. The awards will be presented on 10 April by the Committee of the Journalistic Conference of Editors-in-Chief chaired by publisher Pietro Supino. Individuals or teams who received a recognized media or journalism prize are bestowed with an incentive award. The following have been nominated for the 2012 incentive award: Julia Hofer, Annabelle, Claude Ansermoz, 24 heures, Daniel Barben, BZ Berner Zeitung, and Dominique Botti, Le Matin Dimanche.
The commuter paper 20 Minuten and the news platform 20 Minuten Online will appear with a new shared logo starting in May 2013. The purpose of the new logo is to communicate the consolidation of the two teams into a cohesive editorial unit. In the future, the 20 Minuten brand will be uniformly used and no longer differentiate between commuter paper and online news platform. The development of the brand also signifies a step into a digital future without changing the core values of 20 Minuten.
Silvia Binggeli, currently Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Annabelle, was named Editor-in-Chief of this women’s magazine effective 1 July. Silvia Binggeli (40) will succeed Lisa Feldmann, who is leaving Annabelle to assume the position of Editor-in-Chief of the magazine Interview in Berlin, as announced earlier.