Il Giornale

For other uses, see Il Giornale (disambiguation).
il Giornale
Front page, 15 September 2009
Type Daily newspaper
Format Tabloid
Owner(s) Fininvest
Mondadori Editori
Publisher Società Europea di Edizioni
Editor Alessandro Sallusti
Founded 1974 (1974)
Political alignment Berlusconism
Language Italian
Headquarters Milan, Italy
Circulation 79,125 (2012)
ISSN 1124-8831

il Giornale is an Italian language daily newspaper published in Milan, Italy.

History and profile

The newspaper was founded in 1974 by the journalist Indro Montanelli,[1][2] together with the colleagues Enzo Bettiza, Ferenc Fejtő, Raymond Aron and others, after some disagreements with the new pro-left 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.[1]

The newspaper was first published on 25 June 1974[3][4] as Il Giornale Nuovo,[2] with Indro Montanelli as editor and member of the publishing company board of directors and an editorial office composed of 59 journalists. The paper has a conservative stance.[1][5] The paper's headquarters is in Milan.[5]

In 1977 Montanelli, in financial difficulties, accepted an offer by Silvio Berlusconi, who thus became the publisher.[6] In 1983 the paper was renamed as Il Giornale.[2] When Berlusconi entered politics in December 1993, however, Montanelli left fearing for his own independence, and went on to found the short-lived daily newspaper La Voce.[7]

In 1994, Berlusconi left the role of publisher of il Giornale to his brother Paolo.[6] Vittorio Feltri replaced Indro Montanelli as editor. In 2004 the paper was owned by Fininvest (58.3%) and Mondadori Editori (41.7 %).[8] The publisher is the Società Europea di Edizioni.[8][9] The paper was published in broadsheet format[10] until May 2005 when it switched to tabloid format.[9]

In May 2005 Il Giornale started its online version.[3] In 2007 the monthly business magazine Espansione became a supplement of the paper.[11][12]


Il Giornale was the seventh best-selling Italian newspaper in 1997 with a circulation of 218,741 copies.[13] The paper had a circulation of 235,000 copies in 2000.[14] The circulation of the paper was 228,198 copies in 2001 and it was 219,363 copies in 2002.[8] The circulation of the paper was 216,000 copies in 2003[10] and 208,407 copies in 2004.[15] In 2008 the paper had an average circulation of 192,667 copies.[16][17] The circulation of the paper was 184,882 copies in 2009 and 183,923 copies in 2010.[17]

In 2012 Il Giornale sold 79,125,210 copies.[18]

Il Giornale della Libertà

Il Giornale della Libertà was a free weekly political, headed by Michela Vittoria Brambilla, and attached with Il Giornale, but was strictly criticized by the editorial staff and later went on strike (for the second time after the leaving of Indro Montanelli).[19]

The last issue is still available for downloading.[20]



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  2. 1 2 3 Gino Moliterno, ed. (2005). Encyclopedia of Contemporary Italian Culture (PDF). London and New York: Routledge. ISBN 0-203-74849-2. Retrieved 11 January 2015.
  3. 1 2 Lapo Filistrucchi (February 2006). "The Impact of Internet on the Market for Daily Newspapers in Italy" (PDF). EUI Working Paper. Retrieved 9 December 2013.
  4. Eugénie Saitta (April 2006). "The Transformations of Traditional Mass Media Involvement in the Political and Electoral Process" (Conference Paper). ECPR. Nicosia, Cyprus. Retrieved 24 November 2014.
  5. 1 2 "Communicating Europe: Italy Manual" (PDF). European Stability Initiative. 19 May 2008. Retrieved 7 May 2015.
  6. 1 2 Emanuela Poli (1998). "Silvio Berlusconi and the myth of the creative entrepreneur". Modern Italy. 3 (2). doi:10.1080/13532949808454809. Retrieved 27 April 2015.
  7. Piero Benetazzo (Winter 1994). "Berlusconi and the Battle for the Italian Media". Nieman Reports. 48 (4). Retrieved 24 November 2014.  via Questia (subscription required)
  8. 1 2 3 David Ward (2004). "A Mapping Study of Media Concentration and Ownership in Ten European Countries" (PDF). Dutch Media Authority. Retrieved 11 February 2015.
  9. 1 2 "Il Giornale shrinks format, boosts flexibility". König and Bauer Group. 8 May 2005. Retrieved 26 February 2015.
  10. 1 2 "World Press Trends" (PDF). World Association of Newspapers. Paris. 2004. Retrieved 15 February 2015.
  11. "Fabio Metitieri - June 2008 English Résumé". Xoomer. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
  12. "Le nostre testate". Newspaper Milano (in Italian). Retrieved 2 April 2015.
  13. Jose L. Alvarez; Carmelo Mazza; Jordi Mur (October 1999). "The management publishing industry in Europe" (Occasional Paper No:99/4). University of Navarra. Retrieved 27 April 2015.
  14. "Top 100 dailies 2000". campaign. 16 November 2001. Retrieved 2 March 2015.
  15. "European Publishing Monitor. Italy" (PDF). Turku School of Economics and KEA. Retrieved 5 April 2015.
  16. Data for average newspaper circulation. Survey in 2008 in Italy Accertamenti Diffusione Stampa
  17. 1 2 "National Newspapers". International Federation of Audit Bureaux of Circulations. Retrieved 5 March 2015.
  18. "Daily newspapers: national circulation (2012)". Agcom. Retrieved 12 June 2016.
  19. "Inserto dei "Circoli della Libertà" e al "Giornale" scatta lo sciopero". la Repubblica (in Italian). 31 May 2007. Retrieved 15 January 2009.
  20. Il Giornale della Libertà 16 May 2008

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