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The front page of Perfil 15 March 2015.
TypeWeekly newspaper
Owner(s)Editorial Perfil
PublisherJorge Fontevecchia
Founded1998 (original)
2005 (relaunch)
Political alignmentIndependent
Ceased publication1998 (original)
HeadquartersBuenos Aires, Argentina

Perfil is an Argentine weekly tabloid[1][2][3] based in Buenos Aires and refounded in 2005.


In 1997, the Argentine publishing house Editorial Perfil announced plans to launch a "super tabloid" named Perfil.[1] It was first launched by Jorge Fontevecchia on 9 May 1998 as a daily publication, but poor sales forced its closure on 31 July of the same year.[4]

Perfil was relaunched on 11 September 2005 as a weekly tabloid, published on the day of highest sales; Sundays. The expectation was that after building a reader base they would be able to add a new edition on Saturdays, and finally become a daily newspaper again.

It is currently published on weekends, and has an online edition which is updated every day. In addition, the Sunday edition includes the women's magazine Luz.


Like many European newspapers it includes a section called the "Reader's Ombudsman", with the responsibility of maintaining the newspaper's reputation. Abel González was the first ombudsman in 1998. From 2005 until 15 December 2007, the journalist and neurologist Nelson Castro held that position. Andrew Graham-Yooll, formerly the chief editor of the Buenos Aires Herald, later became the ombudsman.

Editorial line

Perfil's slogan is Periodismo puro (Spanish: "pure journalism"). Jorge Fontevecchia said that "Pure or technical journalism is always critical, like American 'watchdog' journalism". Despite the implication of total objectivity, the newspaper was strongly critical of the national government of Cristina Fernández de Kirchner. Many of the articles, both in the printed edition and on the website, focused on critics of the Fernández de Kirchner government.[5]

Editorial Perfil is one of a number of publishing companies which do not receive any official governmental advertisements. It has claimed that the official distribution of advertising monies is "discriminatory" and a "method of persecution and exclusion" of critical media.[6]

Perfil criticizes newspapers Clarín and La Nación for their design changes that fail to disguise unchangeable positions.[7]

Buenos Aires Times

Perfil produces the English-language Buenos Aires Times, online[8] and distributed with Perfil on Saturdays.[9] The editor-in-chief as of April 2021 was James Grainger.[10]

The Canadian American journalist and cultural critic Sam Forster wrote for the paper throughout 2022.[11]

Until 2017, a long-established English-language newspaper, the Buenos Aires Herald, had been published.


  1. ^ a b ""Super Tabloid" to Launch in Argentina". Ad Age. 15 August 1997. The newspaper, to be called "Perfil" after the publishing house Editorial Perfil, will be a "super tabloid"
  2. ^ "Israel, Argentina face crisis over alleged deal with Tehran". The Jerusalem Post. 2011-03-30. Retrieved 2024-01-31.
  3. ^ "Israel waits for Argentina response". United Press International. 28 March 2011. Retrieved 2024-01-31.
  4. ^ "Abrupto cierre del diario Perfil", Clarín, 01-08-1998(in Spanish)
  5. ^ Editorial de Jorge Fontevecchia (in Spanish)
  6. ^ "Publicidad oficial: Perfil denunció al Gobierno", Terra, 31-05-2006 (in Spanish)
  7. ^ "'Clarín' y 'La Nación': Monos vestidos de seda". 6 November 2016.
  8. ^ "News from Argentina and beyond – in English". Buenos Aires Times. Retrieved 18 April 2021.
  9. ^ "Buenos Aires Times". Instagram. Retrieved 18 April 2021. With images of the publication.
  10. ^ "News of James Grainger". Buenos Aires Times. Retrieved 18 April 2021.
  11. ^ "News of Sam Forster | Buenos Aires Times". Retrieved 2024-01-07.
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