El Periódico de Catalunya

El Periódico de Catalunya (Catalan: [əl pəɾiˈɔðiku ðə kətəˈluɲə], Spanish: [el peˈɾjoðiko ðe kataˈluɲa]) is a morning daily newspaper based in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain.

El Periódico de Catalunya
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Grupo Zeta
Founder(s)Antonio Asensio Pizarro
EditorEnric Hernàndez
Founded26 October 1978 (1978-10-26)
Political alignmentCentre-left
Social liberalism
LanguageSpanish and Catalan
HeadquartersConsell de Cent, 425-427
08009 Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Circulation119,374 (2011)
Sister newspapersSport
WebsiteSpanish elperiodico.com
Catalan, elperiodico.cat

The paper publishes separate daily editions in Spanish and in Catalan.[1] The two editions combined sell more than 125,000 copies per day, making El Periódico the second highest-circulated newspaper in Spain's Catalan-speaking regions, behind La Vanguardia which also publishes in both languages. Nationally, El Periódico was Spain's fifth-highest circulation general-interest daily in 2011.[2]

History and profile

El Periódico was first published on 26 October 1978[3][4] by Antonio Asensio Pizarro[5] to offer a progressive Catalan paper connected to Catalan socialism. The paper has also center-left stance.[6] The paper is owned by Grupo Zeta.[7][8]

One of the most recent directors, Rafael Nadal, is the brother of the Catalan socialist leader Joaquim Nadal. Originally, El Periódico printed only in Spanish, but began a Catalan-language edition on 27 October 1997.[9] Today, the separate editions are distinguished by the red front-page nameplate on the Spanish version of El Periódico and the blue nameplate on the Catalan edition.

El Periódico is regarded as an easy read as compared to its competitors and it is quite popular among working-class people. Following the example of USA Today, El Periódico later began to emphasize graphics and the use of color. Today, it prints every page in color and makes liberal use of charts and photos.

Its current editor is Enric Hernàndez, previously chief of El País bureau in Catalonia.


The circulation of El Periódico de Catalunya was 185,517 copies in 1993[10] and 193,576 copies in 1994.[11][12] Its circulation was 218,000 copies in 2000.[13] The paper had a circulation of 167,000 copies in 2003.[14][15] The 2008 circulation of the paper was 152,025 copies.[16] The paper had a circulation of 133,265 copies in 2009 and 133,035 copies in 2010.[16] It was 119,374 copies in 2011.[16]


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  9. El Periódico celebra l'èxit de l'edició en català (in Catalan), 30 April 2011
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