In 1833 Johann Rudolf Ringier purchased a printing works facility in the Swiss town of Zofingen and began by printing regional gazettes and school curriculums. The small workshop soon evolved into a national newspaper-publishing house. Schweizer Illustrierte was first published in 1911 using letterpress. It was Switzerland's most successful people magazine and remains so to this day. In 1959 Ringier took the Swiss public by surprise launching the country's first tabloid, Blick. The concept of the publication’s style prompted violent controversy among readers but proved very successful. Ringier first ventured into the television business in 1984, founding the local TV programming company, Zürivision. In 1987, Ringier expanded abroad for the first time, to Asia. The company's first activities in Eastern Europe took place in 1990. Although the Internet only began gaining momentum as a mass medium towards the end of the 1990s, Ringier recognized its potential as early as 1996, and began to conquer the electronic media with the Blick Online and CASH Online websites. Ringier adopted a corporate strategy based on three areas of business: publishing, digital business and entertainment in 2009. Launching a joint venture unique to the company’s history in 2010, Ringier partnered with German publisher Axel Springer to found Ringier Axel Springer Media AG to boost business in Central Europe.
2008: Ringier celebrates the company's 175th anniversary. The jubilee is honored with major celebrations at all Ringier locations. The main event in Switzerland brings over 4,000 guests to Lucerne.
[2003 to present] Ringier today - international, multimedia, diversified
In 2012 Marc Walder is appointed new CEO of Ringier AG.
In 2010 Ringier and Axel Springer launch a major joint venture merging activities in the Czech Republic, Serbia, Poland and Slovakia under the name Ringier Axel Springer Media AG.
In 2009 Ringier launches the new business unit Entertainment, integrating all Ringier Switzerland event, radio and TV activities. At the same time, the group launches its new corporate strategy building on three core business areas: publishing, digital business and entertainment.
[1987 to 2002] – On the road to new markets and media
Founding Times-Ringier (HK) Ltd. jointly with Times Publishing Co., Singapore, Ringier takes its first step into Asia. The Hong Kong printing plant soon makes its mark in magazine printing. Ringier subsequently sells the plant to Hong Kong Economic Times Holding Ltd. in 2011.
[1970 to 1986] - Ringier's transformation into a modern media company
Ringier realizes its dream of entering the TV business with the founding of the local TV programming company Zürivision. Among others, the project is implemented by Ringier's modest in-house production company Rincovision. By the late 1980s the small outfit will grow into one of Switzerland's most successful video production companies and will subsequently be re-branded as a new division, Ringier TV. Ringier's participation in the pay-TV channel Teleclub and the private broadcaster Sat1 Switzerland will also prove successful.
[1915 to1969] – Ringier's rise to Switzerland's biggest publishing house
The newspaper Blick is published for the first time. Switzerland's first tabloid causes a sensation and provokes violent reactions among the Swiss public. With its use of the color red as well as large photographs, the paper stands out esthetically from the sober Swiss newspapers of the day, which are tied to political parties. Blick also ventures into new territory in terms of content, focusing on topics of nationwide interest, featuring extensive sports coverage and initiating a politically independent status. Ringier's first attempt to penetrate the newspaper market proves a success. Blick is still Switzerland’s most widely read daily to this day.
Johann Rudolf Ringier, a pastor's son, buys a print shop in Zofingen (Switzerland) and begins printing regional gazettes and schools curriculums. The first newspaper he produces as a publisher is the weekly Zofinger Wochenblatt. Zofingen is a small rural town with a population of about 3,000.