il Giornale
20090915 ilgiornale frontpage.jpg
Front page, 15 September 2009
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Berlusconi family (via investment vehicles)
PublisherSocietà Europea di Edizioni
EditorAugusto Minzolini
Founded1974; 49 years ago (1974)
Political alignmentLiberal conservatism
Right-wing populism
HeadquartersMilan, Italy
Circulation34,891 (November 2021)

il Giornale (English: The Newspaper) 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 new owner.[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 1992, Berlusconi left the role of the owner of il Giornale to his brother Paolo.[6] Vittorio Feltri replaced Indro Montanelli as editor.[citation needed] As of 2003, the publisher of the newspaper, Società Europea di Edizioni,[8] was owned by Paolo (58.3%) and Mondadori Editori (41.7% directly and indirectly).[9] The paper was published in broadsheet format[10] until May 2005 when it switched to tabloid format.[8] 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] As of 2016, Società Europea di Edizioni was still partially owned by Arnoldo Mondadori Editore directly for 36.90%,[13] which is a listed company that majority owned by Fininvest. It was reported that Roberto Amodei, the owner of several sports newspaper of Italy, had interested to subscribe the capital increase of Società Europea di Edizioni.[14]


il Giornale was the seventh best-selling Italian newspaper in 1997 with a circulation of 218,741 copies.[15] The paper had a circulation of 235,000 copies in 2000.[16] The circulation of the paper was 228,198 copies in 2001 and it was 219,363 copies in 2002.[9] The circulation of the paper was 216,000 copies in 2003[10] and 208,407 copies in 2004.[17] In 2008 the paper had an average circulation of 192,667 copies.[18][19] The circulation of the paper was 184,882 copies in 2009 and 183,923 copies in 2010.[19] In 2012 il Giornale sold 79,125,210 copies.[20]

Il Giornale della Libertà

Il Giornale della Libertà was a free weekly political, headed by Michela Vittoria Brambilla, and attached to Il Giornale, but was severely criticized by its editorial staff, who later went on strike (for the second time after the departure of Indro Montanelli).[21]

The last issue is still available from the Internet Archive.[22]


See also


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  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ a b 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.
  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. ^ a b "Communicating Europe: Italy Manual" (PDF). European Stability Initiative. 19 May 2008. Retrieved 7 May 2015.
  6. ^ a b Emanuela Poli (1998). "Silvio Berlusconi and the myth of the creative entrepreneur". Modern Italy. 3 (2): 271–279. doi:10.1080/13532949808454809.
  7. ^ Piero Benetazzo (Winter 1994). "Berlusconi and the Battle for the Italian Media". Nieman Reports. 48 (4). Archived from the original on 4 March 2016.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ a b "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. ^ "2016 Annual Report" (PDF). Arnoldo Mondadori Editore. 2017. Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 February 2018. Retrieved 25 November 2017.
  14. ^ "Editoria, il nuovo socio de Il Giornale sarà Roberto Amodei". (in Italian). 23 August 2017. Retrieved 25 November 2017.
  15. ^ 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.
  16. ^ "Top 100 dailies 2000". campaign. 16 November 2001. Retrieved 2 March 2015.
  17. ^ "European Publishing Monitor. Italy" (PDF). Turku School of Economics and KEA. Archived from the original (PDF) on 11 April 2015. Retrieved 5 April 2015.
  18. ^ Data for average newspaper circulation. Survey in 2008 in Italy Archived 22 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine Accertamenti Diffusione Stampa
  19. ^ a b "National Newspapers". International Federation of Audit Bureaux of Circulations. Retrieved 5 March 2015.
  20. ^ "Daily newspapers: national circulation (2012)". Agcom. Retrieved 12 June 2016.
  21. ^ "Inserto dei "Circoli della Libertà" e al "Giornale" scatta lo sciopero". la Repubblica (in Italian). 31 May 2007. Retrieved 15 January 2009.
  22. ^ Il Giornale della Libertà 16 May 2008