|Publisher||Charles von Graffenried|
|Founded||3 January 1979|
|Circulation||174,162 (daily; 2012)|
|Official website||bernerzeitung.ch (in German)|
History and operations
The Swiss paper Berner Zeitung was first issued on January 3, 1979. Four different papers led to the creation of the also called BZ. The Intelligenzblatt (1834), which was renamed Berner Tagblatt in 1888. The Emmenthaler Nachrichten(1883), the weekly newspaper of Emmenthal(1844) and the Neue Berner Zeitung (1919). When the Emmenthaler Blatt and the Neue Berner Zeitung were merged in 1973, the Berner Zeitung was created. This paper merged with the daily news (former Emmenthaler Nachrichten) in 1977 creating the Berner Nachrichten, which was first released January 3, 1979. The first editor-in-chief was Peter Schindler who was in charge between 1979 and 1982. His successors were Urs P. Gasche (1982-1985), Ronald Roggen (1985-1986), Beat Hurni (1987-1996) and Andreas Z'Graggen (1996-2005). Between 2006 and 2009 Markus Eisenhut und Michael Hug co-edited the paper, until Eisenhut took over another paper called Tages-Anzeiger. In December 2011, Espace Media announced that they were going to merge the Splitausgabe Oberaargau and the Langenthaler Tagblatt. The first issue of the BZ Langenthaler Tagblatt was published on July 2, 2012.  
With a daily distribution of 174,162 (2012), the newspaper is one of the largest daily newspapers in Switzerland and the leading newspaper in the Bern Canton.
- "Tamedia AG - BZ Berner Zeitung - News, Media, Publishing house, Newspaper, Magazine, Electronic media". Retrieved 21 September 2012.
- bernerzeitung.ch (in German), the newspaper's official website
- Berner Zeitung in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland.
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