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.

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]

El Periódico de Catalunya
El Periódico de Catalunya, logo blau
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Grupo Zeta
Founder(s)Antonio Asensio Pizarro
EditorEnric Hernàndez
Founded26 October 1978
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

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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  2. ^ Figures covering July 2010 to June 2011 in Spain Archived 29 April 2011 at the Wayback Machine, Oficina de Justificación de la Difusión. Retrieved 28 January 2012.
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  4. ^ "Media Markets and Newspapers" (PDF). SFN Flash. 7 (1). 7 January 2004. Retrieved 17 February 2015.
  5. ^ "Grupo Zeta. Historia". Periodismo del Siglo XXI (in Spanish). 9 September 2014. Retrieved 13 April 2015.
  6. ^ Katrin Voltmer (2006). Mass Media and Political Communication in New Democracies. Psychology Press. p. 19. ISBN 978-0-415-33779-3. Retrieved 28 November 2014.
  7. ^ Frank R. Baumgartner; Laura Chaqués Bonafont (2014). "All News is Bad News: Newspaper Coverage of Political Parties in Spain" (PDF). Political Communication. Retrieved 4 December 2014.
  8. ^ "Country Profile: Spain". Institute of Media and Communications Study. Retrieved 21 February 2015.
  9. ^ El Periódico celebra l'èxit de l'edició en català (in Catalan), 30 April 2011
  10. ^ Edward F. Stanton (1999). Handbook of Spanish Popular Culture. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press. p. 199. Retrieved 22 February 2015. – via Questia (subscription required)
  11. ^ "The Daily Press". Contenidos. Retrieved 19 February 2015.
  12. ^ "Facts of Spain". Florida International University. Archived from the original on 21 June 2013. Retrieved 23 February 2015.
  13. ^ "Top 100 dailies 2000". campaign. 16 November 2001. Retrieved 2 March 2015.
  14. ^ Roland Schroeder (2004). "Interactive Info Graphics in Europe-- added value to online mass media: a preliminary survey". Journalism Studies. 5 (4): 563–570. doi:10.1080/14616700412331296473.
  15. ^ "World Press Trends" (PDF). World Association of Newspapers. Paris. 2004. Retrieved 15 February 2015.
  16. ^ a b c "National Newspapers". International Federation of Audit Bureaux of Circulations. Retrieved 6 March 2015.

External links

2003 Catalan regional election

The 2003 Catalan regional election was held on Sunday, 16 November 2003, to elect the 7th Parliament of the Autonomous Community of Catalonia. All 135 seats in the Parliament were up for election.

This election marked a change for all Catalan political parties due to Catalan President Jordi Pujol's decision not to seek a seventh term in office and to retire from active politics. The election results were a great disappointment for Pasqual Maragall's Socialists' Party of Catalonia, which again saw Convergence and Union winning a plurality of seats despite them winning the most votes by a margin of just 0.3%. Opinion polls earlier in the year had predicted a much larger victory for Maragall, but his lead over CiU had begun to narrow as the election grew nearer. ERC was the perceived true victor of the election, doubling its 1999 figures and scoring the best results in its recent history, both in terms of seats (23 of 135) and votes (16.4%), up from 11 seats and 8.7%.

As Pujol's successor Artur Mas did not won a majority large enough to renew his party pact with the People's Party of Catalonia, which had kept Pujol in power since 1995, an alliance between the Socialists' Party of Catalonia, Republican Left of Catalonia and Initiative for Catalonia Greens–United and Alternative Left resulted in the Catalan tripartite government. Ironically, despite losing 10 seats and 150,000 votes respect to the 1999 election, Maragall became the first center-left President of Catalonia, ending with 23 years of Convergence and Union government.

2006 Catalan regional election

The 2006 Catalan regional election was held on Wednesday, 1 November 2006, to elect the 8th Parliament of the Autonomous Community of Catalonia. All 135 seats in the Parliament were up for election.

2009 Andorran parliamentary election

Parliamentary elections were held in Andorra on 26 April 2009, the fourth under the 1993 Constitution. The elections were held at the end of the normal four-year term of the General Council (Consell General, Andorra's parliament), but also following months of intense pressure from Co-Prince Nicolas Sarkozy to change the country's banking secrecy laws.The Social Democratic Party led by Jaume Bartumeu was the clear winner, with 45.03% of votes for its national list, followed by the "Reformist Coalition" led by the Liberal Party of Andorra (32.34%) and the new Andorra for Change party (18.86%). The Social Democrats hold fourteen seats in the General Council, against eleven for the Liberals and three for Andorra for Change.

The electorate, restricted to Andorran citizens, was 20,298 voters out of a population of about 85,000. There were 114 candidates for 28 seats, more than one candidate for every 200 voters. Turnout was 75.3%.

2010 Catalan autonomy protest

The 2010 Catalan autonomy protest was a demonstration in central Barcelona on 10 July 2010 against limitations of the autonomy of Catalonia, and particularly against a recent decision of the Spanish Constitutional Court to annul or reinterpret several articles of the 2006 Statute of Autonomy of Catalonia. The number of people taking part in the demonstration was estimated at between 1.1 million (according to the local police) and 1.5 million (according to the organisers), while Madrid-based newspaper El País estimated the number of demonstrators at 425,000. The mobilisation was described as "unprecedented" by the mayor of Barcelona. The Barcelona daily newspaper El Periódico de Catalunya described it as "without a doubt one of the biggest protest marches that has ever occurred in Catalonia, possibly the biggest". It is thought that the 2012 Catalan independence demonstration involved more people, but this protest brought the dispute to light in the world.

The demonstration was led by a banner with the slogan in Catalan Som una nació. Nosaltres decidim. (in English, "We are a nation. We decide.").

2010 Catalan regional election

The 2010 Catalan regional election was held on Sunday, 28 November 2010, to elect the 9th Parliament of the Autonomous Community of Catalonia. All 135 seats in the Parliament were up for election. This was the first election held in Catalonia after the Constitutional Court of Spain struck down parts of the regional 2006 Statute of Autonomy that granted new powers of self-rule to the region. The ruling came after four years of deliberation concerning a constitutional appeal filed by the conservative People's Party (PP) under Mariano Rajoy and was met with anger and street protests throughout the region.The election resulted in a resounding victory for the Catalan nationalist Convergence and Union (CiU) federation under Artur Mas, whose 62 seats—six short of an absolute majority—virtually ensured that no alternative government was mathematically possible, as the left-wing alliance which had formed the government of Catalonia for the previous seven years fell to a bare 48 seats. The tripartit (English: tripartite) coalition formed by the Socialists' Party of Catalonia (PSC), Republican Left of Catalonia (ERC) and Initiative for Catalonia Greens (ICV) was already on its death rattle going into the election, with political disagreements between the former allies having led Socialist President José Montilla to announce that he would not seek a third alliance with ERC and ICV even if numbers favored such a possibility. The election saw all three parties collapse and Montilla's retirement from the PSC leadership shortly afterwards.The PP had one of its best showings in a Catalan regional election, with 12.4% of the vote and 18 seats. Albert Rivera's Citizens (C's) party saw a slight increase in its vote share, whereas the pro-Catalan independence Catalan Solidarity for Independence (SI) led by former FC Barcelona president Joan Laporta secured 4 seats in the Parliament.

2012 Catalan regional election

The 2012 Catalan regional election was held on Sunday, 25 November 2012, to elect the 10th Parliament of the Autonomous Community of Catalonia. All 135 seats in the Parliament were up for election. It was a snap election, announced on 25 September by President Artur Mas, called as a result of the pro-independence demonstration in Barcelona on 11 September—the National Day of Catalonia—and the failed talks between President Mas (from Convergence and Union) and Prime Minister of Spain Mariano Rajoy (of the People's Party) to give greater fiscal autonomy to Catalonia.Despite Artur Mas campaigning to win an absolute majority of seats, the election was an electoral setback for his Convergence and Union party, one which had went largely unnoticed by opinion polls. The Socialists' Party of Catalonia (PSC) also fared poorly, obtaining fewer seats than pro-independence Republican Left of Catalonia (ERC) and ending up as the third parliamentary force overall. In turn, ERC regained much of the strength it had loss in the 2010 election and became the main parliamentary opposition party for the first time. The People's Party (PP) and Citizens (C's) benefitted from the electoral polarization between the pro-independence and anti-independence blocs, scoring their best results until then, with 19 and 9 seats, respectively. The Popular Unity Candidacy (CUP) also entered the Parliament for the first time.

2015 Catalan regional election

The 2015 Catalan regional election was held on Sunday, 27 September 2015, electing the 11th Parliament of the Autonomous Community of Catalonia. All 135 seats in the Parliament were up for election. This was the third regional Catalan election in only five years, after the 2010 and 2012 elections and the first one in over 37 years in which Democratic Convergence of Catalonia (CDC) and Democratic Union of Catalonia (UDC) ran separately, after the dissolution of Convergence and Union (CiU) in June 2015 over disagreements on the coalition's separatist turn.

The plan to hold a snap election in 2015 was announced on 14 January by President Artur Mas. After the non-binding 2014 independence referendum, Mas declared that the election was to be turned into an alternative vote on independence, with pro-independence parties including the independence goal in their election manifestos. As part of the process, CDC, along with Republican Left of Catalonia (ERC), Democrats of Catalonia (DC) and Left Movement (MES) would run together under the Junts pel Sí (JxSí) platform, with support from members of the pro-independence Catalan National Assembly (ANC), Òmnium and the Municipalities' Association for Independence (AMI). The alliance, however, failed to achieve its self-stated goal to attain an absolute majority on its own.

Newly formed Podemos (Spanish for "We can"), Initiative for Catalonia Greens (ICV), United and Alternative Left (EUiA) and Equo stood together under the Catalunya Sí que es Pot (CatSíqueesPot) label, a second novel electoral grouping formed for this election. The alliance was modeled after the Barcelona en Comú platform that won the 2015 Barcelona election, but it failed to garner the decisive support of the city's popular mayor Ada Colau and achieved a poor performance. Citizens (C's) benefited from its anti-independence stance and climbed to second place ahead of a declining Socialists' Party of Catalonia (PSC), which scored a new historical low for the third election in a row. The People's Party of Catalonia (PPC) suffered from its national counterpart decline and scored its worst result since 1992, whereas the left-wing Popular Unity Candidacy saw a strong performance which allowed it to hold the key to government formation with JxSí.

2015–16 Catalan government formation

Attempts to form a government in Catalonia, and related events, followed the inconclusive Catalan regional election of 27 September 2015, which failed to deliver an overall majority for any political party.

2019 Barcelona City Council election

The 2019 Barcelona City Council election, also the 2019 Barcelona municipal election, is scheduled to be held on Sunday, 26 May 2019, to elect the 11th City Council of the municipality of Barcelona. All 41 seats in the City Council will be up for election. The election will be held simultaneously with regional elections in at least seven autonomous communities and local elections all throughout Spain, as well as the 2019 European Parliament election.

Castelldefels train accident

The Castelldefels train accident occurred on 23 June 2010 when a passenger train struck a group of people who were crossing the railway on the level at Platja de Castelldefels station to the southwest of Barcelona, in Catalonia, Spain. Twelve people were killed, and fourteen injured: all victims but one Romanian were of Latin American origin, with a majority from Ecuador.The accident occurred on St. John's Eve, a major celebration in Spain and in several other European countries. The victims were apparently trying to get to the beach less than 200 metres (660 ft) from the station, where a concert by Ecuadorian singer Rubén de Rey had been organized. It was the worst railway accident in Spain since the Valencia Metro derailment in July 2006 killed 43 and injured 47 others.

Catalan European Democratic Party

The Catalan European Democratic Party (Catalan: Partit Demòcrata Europeu Català, PDeCAT), also known as the Catalan Democratic Party (Catalan: Partit Demòcrata Català), is a Catalan nationalist and liberal political party in Spain that supports Catalan independence. The party was founded in Barcelona on 8–10 July 2016, as the successor to the Democratic Convergence of Catalonia.

Catalan of the Year Award

The "Catalan of the Year" award is organized by El Periódico de Catalunya, which since 2000 recognizes the Catalan person that was the most prominent in the development of their social or professional activity during the previous year. The award is voted by readers of the newspaper, after a previous selection of different nominees by am jury composed of persons from different social environments.

The award ceremony "Catalan of the Year" takes place during a solemn ceremony at the Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona, at the end of each January, attended by the President of the Generalitat of Catalonia, the Mayor of Barcelona, and other personalities of the political, economic, social and cultural life of Catalonia.

Along with the prize "Catalan of the Year", the Journal of Catalonia also delivers other awards. The winner of the award in 2011 was Joaquim Maria Puyal.

Cristina Fallarás

Cristina Fallarás (Zaragoza, 1968) is a Spanish journalist. She gained national relevance in Spain when publicly admitting to having been evicted from her house.She studied Information science at the Autonomous University of Barcelona and has worked as a journalist for Cadena Ser, El Mundo, El Periódico de Catalunya, RNE (Ràdio4) and the journal ADN.

In 2012, she was awarded the Premio Hammett, a prize awarded by the International Association of Crime Writers for the best crime novel written in Spanish, for her novel Las niñas perdidas (Lost Girls), published by Roca Editorial.

El Periódico

El Periódico is Spanish for "The Journal" and may refer to:

El Periódico de Catalunya, a Spanish newspaper

El Periódico de Aragón, a Spanish newspaper

El Periódico (Guatemala)

El Periódico (Honduras)

Joan Barril

Joan Barril i Cuixart (20 January 1952 – 13 December 2014) was a Catalan journalist and writer. He was born in Barcelona, Spain. He was known for his writing columns on El País, La Vanguardia and in El Periódico de Catalunya.

Barril died in Barcelona from pneumonia, aged 62.

Joan Vizcarra

Joan Vizcarra Carreras (born 1967 in Montblanc, Tarragona) is a Spanish cartoonist. He has several books published by the Spanish language satirical magazine El Jueves.

Although his first love was music -and more specifically the rock and roll of classic musicians like Elvis Presley- very soon he fell in love with painting. In 1985 he moved to Barcelona, where he studied arts in the University. While there, he discovered that he had an ability to draw caricatures.

Since 1991 he works for El Jueves, perhaps Spain's most important satiric magazine. He has contributed to other publications like El Periódico de Catalunya or the Catalan newspaper Avui.

Josep Ferrer i Bujons

Josep Ferrer i Bujons (born in Sant Martí de Maçana, Rubió, 12 May 1959) is a Catalan linguist, author, poet and professor graduate in Catalan Philology. He has written five books, of which the first four are compilations of poems.

Ferrer has been corrector and editor of the weekly local newspaper La Veu de l'Anoia and he also has collaborated in the Anoia edition of Regió 7, another Catalan local newspaper. He has also been professor of Catalan language and literature in some high schools of Secondary education in Central Catalonia. Likewise, Ferrer is a co-founder of the magazine Revista d'Igualada (2nd period). Ferrer has also published several opinion articles in a local digital newspaper, Anoiadiari.cat. Nowadays, he works as a corrector at the Catalan language edition of El Periódico de Catalunya, the best-selling newspaper in Catalonia.Regarding writing, Ferrer published four books of poems the decades of the 1980s and 1990s and a novel in 1999. Also he obtained a prize in 1987, for Les fulles de la tardor (The leaves of Autumn), prize conceded in the city of Igualada.

Margarita Rivière

Margarita Rivière Martí (17 August 1944 – 29 March 2015) was a Spanish journalist and writer, the author of thousands of newspaper articles and interviews and 30 books. She was noted for her progressive and feminist spirit in the years of the Transition. She was one of the first women to practice journalism in Spain, and she and Teresa Rubio were the first two female journalists for the Diario de Barcelona. In 1978 she was one of the founders of El Periódico de Catalunya.

Opinion polling for the 1996 Spanish general election

In the run up to the 1996 Spanish general election, various organisations carried out opinion polling to gauge voting intention in Spain during the term of the 5th Cortes Generales. Results of such polls are displayed in this article. The date range for these opinion polls is from the previous general election, held on 6 June 1993, to the day the next election was held, on 3 March 1996.

Voting intention estimates refer mainly to a hypothetical Congress of Deputies election. Polls are listed in reverse chronological order, showing the most recent first and using the dates when the survey fieldwork was done, as opposed to the date of publication. Where the fieldwork dates are unknown, the date of publication is given instead. The highest percentage figure in each polling survey is displayed with its background shaded in the leading party's colour. If a tie ensues, this is applied to the figures with the highest percentages. The "Lead" columns on the right shows the percentage-point difference between the parties with the highest percentages in a given poll.

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