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Il Giornale

il Giornale
Dal 1974 contro il coro
("Against the choir since 1974")
Front page, 31 December 2023
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Antonio Angelucci (via investment vehicles)
PublisherSocietà Europea di Edizioni
EditorAlessandro Sallusti
Founded1974; 50 years ago (1974)
Political alignmentLiberal conservatism
HeadquartersVia dell'Aprica 18, Milan, Italy
Circulation34,891 (November 2021)
ISSN1124-8831 Edit this at Wikidata

il Giornale (English: "The Newspaper"), known from its founding in 1974 until 1983 as il Giornale nuovo (English: "The New Newspaper"), is an Italian-language daily newspaper published in Milan with an average circulation of 28,933 copies in May 2023.[1] In 2006, it was considered one of Italy's main national newspapers in Italy.[2][3][4]

History and profile

The newspaper was founded in 1974 by the journalist Indro Montanelli,[5][6] together with the colleagues Enzo Bettiza, Ferenc Fejtő, Raymond Aron, and others, after some disagreements with the new pro-left-wing editorial line adopted by the newspaper Corriere della Sera, where Montanelli had been one of the most important contributors. Montanelli left Corriere della Sera in 1973.[5] The newspaper was first published on 25 June 1974 as il Giornale nuovo,[6][7] with Montanelli as editor and member of the publishing company board of directors, which included an editorial office composed of 59 journalists. The paper holds conservative and right-wing stances.[8][9] The paper's headquarters is in Milan.[10]

In 1977, Montanelli, who was in financial difficulties, accepted an offer by Silvio Berlusconi, who became the new owner.[11] In 1983, the paper was renamed as il Giornale.[6] When Berlusconi entered politics in December 1993, Montanelli left fearing for his own independence, and went on to found the short-lived daily newspaper La Voce.[12] In 1992, Berlusconi left the role of the owner of il Giornale to his brother, Paolo Berlusconi.[11] Vittorio Feltri replaced Montanelli as editor.[13] As of 2003, the publisher of the newspaper, Società Europea di Edizioni,[14] was owned by Paolo Berlusconi (58.3%) and Arnoldo Mondadori Editore (41.7% directly and indirectly).[15] Until May 2005, the paper was published in broadsheet format,[16] when it switched to tabloid format.[14] In May 2005, il Giornale also started its online version.[17] In 2007, the monthly business magazine Espansione became a supplement of the paper.[18][19] As of 2016, Società Europea di Edizioni was still partially owned by Arnoldo Mondadori Editore directly for 36.90%,[20] which is a listed company that majority owned by Fininvest. It was reported that by Roberto Amodei [it], the owner of several sports newspaper of Italy, had interested to subscribe the capital increase of Società Europea di Edizioni.[21]

The Berlusconi family sold Il Giornale to Antonio Angelucci (who also owns Libero, Il Tempo and the Corriere dell'Umbria) in September 2023.[22]


In 1997, il Giornale was the seventh best-selling Italian newspaper, with a circulation of 218,741 copies.[23] The paper had a circulation of 235,000 copies in 2000.[24] The circulation of the paper was 228,198 copies in 2001, and it was 219,363 copies in 2002.[15] The circulation of the paper was 216,000 copies in 2003,[16] and 208,407 copies in 2004.[25] In 2008, the paper had an average circulation of 192,667 copies.[26][27] The circulation of the paper was 184,882 copies in 2009 and 183,923 copies in 2010.[27] In 2012, il Giornale sold 79,125,210 copies.[28] By 2015, the circulation of the paper was about 68,000 copies.[9]

il Giornale della Libertà

il Giornale della Libertà was a free weekly political, headed by Michela Vittoria Brambilla, and attached to il Giornale. It was severely criticized by its editorial staff, who later went on strike, which was the second time after the departure of Montanelli.[29] The last issue was published in May 2008.[30]



The weekly columns published in Il Giornale are as follows:

  • Monday: La lente sulla casa (by Corrado Sforza Fogliani), Radiogiornale (by Paolo Giordano), Il Gervaso di Pandora-Aforismi in Libertà (by Roberto Gervaso) and Il Punto Serie A (by Tony Damascelli);
  • Tuesday: I lapilli di Pompeo (by Pompeo Locatelli) and Box Office (by Cinzia Romani);
  • Wednesday: Teledico (by Laura Rio) and Una macchina chiamata corpo (by Corrado Bait, only in Salute specials);
  • Thursday: La mostra della Settimana (by Carlo Franza), Strisce pedonali (by Massimo Ghenzer), FuoriSerie (by Matteo Sacchi) and Malati e Malattie (by Gloria Saccani Jotti);
  • Friday: Retrobottega (by Andrea Cuomo), Mercati che fare (by Leopoldo Gasbarro), Teledico;
  • Saturday: Zuppa di Porro (by Nicola Porro), Qui e Ora (by Karen Rubin), Rosso Malpelo (by Paolo Guzzanti), Lo Spillo (unsigned), La vite è una cosa meravigliosa (by Andrea Cuomo, in the supplement), #lavitaèsoltantounaquestionedistile (by Marchesa d'Aragona, in the supplement), Un posto a teatro (by Stefania Vitulli);
  • Sunday: L'articolo della domenica (by Francesco Alberoni), Il consiglio utile (by Oscar Grazioli), Biblioteca Liberale (by Nicola Porro), Tagli di Piombo (by Massimo Piombo), Il quadro di Sgarbi (by Vittorio Sgarbi), La bacchettata (by Giovanni Gavezzeni), L'arte della Tv (by Luca Beatrice).

See also


  1. ^ Accertamenti Diffusione Stampa, May 2023.
  2. ^ "The press in Italy". BBC News. 31 October 2006. Archived from the original on 31 December 2023. Retrieved 31 December 2023.
  3. ^ Filistrucchi, Lapo (February 2006). "The Impact of Internet on the Market for Daily Newspapers in Italy" (PDF). EUI Working Paper: 5. Retrieved 29 June 2023.
  4. ^ "Italy media guide". BBC News Online. 3 July 2023. Archived from the original on 30 December 2023. Retrieved 30 December 2023.
  5. ^ a b Luigi Bruti Liberati (2011). "Witch-hunts and Corriere della Sera. A conservative perception of American political values in Cold War Italy: The 1950s". Cold War History. 11 (1): 69–83. doi:10.1080/14682745.2011.545599.
  6. ^ a b c Gino Moliterno, ed. (2005). Encyclopedia of Contemporary Italian Culture (PDF). London and New York: Routledge. ISBN 978-0-203-74849-7. Archived from the original (PDF) on 9 January 2015. Retrieved 11 January 2015.
  7. ^ Eugénie Saitta (April 2006). "The Transformations of Traditional Mass Media Involvement in the Political and Electoral Process" (Conference Paper). ECPR. Nicosia, Cyprus. Archived (PDF) from the original on 23 June 2015. Retrieved 24 November 2014.
  8. ^ Conway, Kyle; Davier, Lucile (24 April 2019). Journalism and Translation in the Era of Convergence. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company. p. 57. ISBN 978-90-272-6255-4. Retrieved 27 June 2023 – via Google Books.
  9. ^ a b Brändle, Verena; Cinalli, Manlio; Eisele, Olga; Lahusen, Christian; Trenz, Hans-Jörg (13 April 2021). Solidarity in the Media and Public Contention over Refugees in Europe. London: Routledge. p. 136. ISBN 978-1-000-37048-5. Retrieved 27 June 2023 – via Google Books.
  10. ^ "Communicating Europe: Italy Manual" (PDF). European Stability Initiative. 19 May 2008. Retrieved 7 May 2015.
  11. ^ a b Emanuela Poli (1998). "Silvio Berlusconi and the myth of the creative entrepreneur". Modern Italy. 3 (2): 271–279. doi:10.1080/13532949808454809.
  12. ^ Piero Benetazzo (Winter 1994). "Berlusconi and the Battle for the Italian Media". Nieman Reports. 48 (4). Archived from the original on 4 March 2016.
  13. ^ "Giornale, Il nell'Enciclopedia Treccani". Treccani (in Italian). Retrieved 28 June 2023.
  14. ^ a b "Il Giornale shrinks format, boosts flexibility". König and Bauer Group. 8 May 2005. Archived from the original on 26 February 2015. Retrieved 26 February 2015.
  15. ^ a b David Ward (2004). "A Mapping Study of Media Concentration and Ownership in Ten European Countries" (PDF). Dutch Media Authority. Archived from the original (PDF) on 12 August 2014. Retrieved 11 February 2015.
  16. ^ a b "World Press Trends" (PDF). World Association of Newspapers. Paris. 2004. Retrieved 15 February 2015.
  17. ^ Lapo Filistrucchi (February 2006). "The Impact of Internet on the Market for Daily Newspapers in Italy" (PDF). EUI Working Paper. Archived from the original (PDF) on 13 December 2013. Retrieved 9 December 2013.
  18. ^ "Fabio Metitieri - June 2008 English Résumé". Xoomer. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
  19. ^ "Le nostre testate". Newspaper Milano (in Italian). Retrieved 2 April 2015.
  20. ^ "2016 Annual Report" (PDF). Arnoldo Mondadori Editore. 2017. Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 February 2018. Retrieved 25 November 2017.
  21. ^ "Editoria, il nuovo socio de Il Giornale sarà Roberto Amodei". (in Italian). 23 August 2017. Retrieved 25 November 2017.
  22. ^ "Angelucci è il nuovo editore de Il Giornale". Prima Comunicazione (in Italian). 31 December 2022.
  23. ^ Jose L. Alvarez; Carmelo Mazza; Jordi Mur (October 1999). "The management publishing industry in Europe" (PDF). University of Navarra. Archived from the original (Occasional Paper No:99/4) on 30 June 2010. Retrieved 27 April 2015.
  24. ^ "Top 100 dailies 2000". campaign. 16 November 2001. Retrieved 2 March 2015.
  25. ^ "European Publishing Monitor. Italy" (PDF). Turku School of Economics and KEA. Archived from the original (PDF) on 11 April 2015. Retrieved 5 April 2015.
  26. ^ Data for average newspaper circulation. Survey in 2008 in Italy Archived 22 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine Accertamenti Diffusione Stampa
  27. ^ a b "National Newspapers". International Federation of Audit Bureaux of Circulations. Retrieved 5 March 2015.
  28. ^ "Daily newspapers: national circulation (2012)". Agcom. Retrieved 12 June 2016.
  29. ^ "Inserto dei 'Circoli della Libertà' e al 'Giornale' scatta lo sciopero". la Repubblica (in Italian). 31 May 2007. Retrieved 15 January 2009.
  30. ^ "Si ricomincia da quì" (PDF). Il Giornale della Libertà. 16 May 2008. pp. 1–16. Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 February 2009. Retrieved 28 June 2023.
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