El Mundo (Spain)

El Mundo
(El Mundo del Siglo Veintiuno)

Front page, 1 June 2009
Type Daily newspaper
Format Tabloid
Owner(s) Unidad Editorial S.A.
Editor David Jiménez
Founded 23 October 1989 (1989-10-23), as El Mundo del Siglo Veinte
Political alignment Liberal, centre-right
Language Spanish
Headquarters Madrid, Spain
Circulation 266,294 (2011)
Sister newspapers Marca
ISSN 1697-0179
Website www.elmundo.es

El Mundo (Spanish for "The World", full name El Mundo del Siglo Veintiuno, "The World of the 21st Century") is the second largest printed daily newspaper in Spain. The paper is considered one of the country's newspapers of record along with El País and ABC.[1]

History and profile

El Mundo was first published on 23 October 1989.[2][3] Perhaps the best known of its founders was Pedro J. Ramírez, who served as editor until 2014.[4] Ramirez had risen to prominence as a journalist during the Spanish transition to democracy.[5] The other founders, Alfonso de Salas, Balbino Fraga and Juan González, shared with Ramírez a background in Grupo 16, the publishers of the newspaper Diario 16. Alfonso de Salas, Juan Gonzales and Gregorio Pena also launched El Economista in 2006.[6]

El Mundo, along with Marca and Expansión, is controlled by the Italian publishing company RCS MediaGroup[2] through its Spanish subsidiary company Unidad Editorial S.L.[7][8] Its former owner was Unedisa which merged with Grupo Recoletos in 2007 to form Unidad Editorial, current owner of the paper.[9]

The paper has its headquarters in Madrid,[10] but maintains several news bureaus in other cities. The daily has a national edition and ten different regional editions,[11] including those for Andalusia, Valencia, Castile and León, the Balearic Islands and Bilbao. It is published in tabloid format.[12]

In 2005 El Mundo started a supplement for women, Yo Donna, which was modelled on IO Donna, a supplement of the Italian daily Corriere della Sera.[13]

In January 2014 Pedro J. Ramírez, editor of the paper, was fired from his post.[14][15] He argued that reporting on corruption scandals involving Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy led to his sacking.[14][15] Casimiro García-Abadillo served as editor until April 2015, when he was replaced in turn by David Jiménez.[4][16]

Political impact

Editorially, El Mundo often expresses the mainstream views of the centre-right[14][17] with independent and liberal overtones.

El Mundo has played a key role in uncovering a number of scandals, among them embezzlement by the commander of the Guardia Civil, accusations of insider trading and tax fraud by the governor of the Central Bank of Spain and aspects of the Bárcenas affair.[18] Investigative reporting by the staff of El Mundo also revealed connections between the terrorist Grupos Antiterroristas de Liberación (GAL) and the Socialist administration of Felipe González, revelations that contributed to his defeat in the 1996 elections.

In October 2005, El Mundo revealed that Nazi Aribert Heim (aka "Doctor Death") had been living in Spain for 20 years, probably with help from the ODESSA network, in collaboration with Otto Skorzeny, who had helped set up one of the most important ODESSA bases of operation in Spain, during the rule of the late dictator Francisco Franco.

After the 11 March 2004 Madrid train bombings, the newspapers El Mundo and La Razón, the regional television channel Telemadrid and the COPE radio network alleged that there had been inconsistencies in the explanations given by the Spanish judiciary about the bombings. Other Spanish media, such as El País, ABC and the Cadena SER radio network, accused El Mundo and the other media of manipulation over this issue. The bombings and the results of the subsequent judicial inquiry are still debated in Spain today.[19]


The circulation of El Mundo was 209,992 copies in 1993 and 268,748 copies in 1994.[20]

In 2001 El Mundo had a circulation of 291,000 copies[21] and it was 312,366 copies next year.[22] The paper had a circulation of 300,000 copies in 2003, making it the third best selling newspaper in the country.[23]

Based on the findings of the European Business Readership Survey El Mundo had 11,591 readers per issue in 2006.[24] Its circulation between June 2006 and July 2007 was 337,172 copies.[10] The 2007 circulation of the paper was 337,000 copies.[2] It was 338,286 copies in 2008[25] and had 200,000 readers for the printed edition in 2009.[26] The circulation of the paper was 266,294 copies in 2011.[27]

El Mundo is Spain's largest digital newspaper (elmundo.es) with 24 million unique web visitors per month in 2009. Many online readers are in Latin America and the website has an edition for the Americas.[26] However, this digital expansion has done little to offset the decline in revenues from Spanish advertisers since 2008.[4][5] The newspaper aims to increase digital profits via a subscription model. It launched a current affairs outlet only accessible to subscription customers, named ORBYT.

See also


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  2. 1 2 3 José A. García Avilés; Klaus Meier; Andy Kaltenbrunner; Miguel Carvajal; Daniela Kraus (2009). "Newsroom integration in Austria, Spain and Germany". Journalism Practice. 3 (3). doi:10.1080/17512780902798638. Retrieved 27 November 2014.
  3. Anna Galluzzi (20 September 2014). Libraries and Public Perception: A Comparative Analysis of the European Press. Elsevier Science. p. 28. ISBN 978-1-78063-425-8. Retrieved 24 November 2014.
  4. 1 2 3 Raphael Minder (3 February 2014). "Founding Editor is Dismissed as Head of El Mundo". The New York Times. Retrieved 7 April 2014.
  5. 1 2 Ramirez (2014). "Fired for speaking out". New York Times. Retrieved 26 December 2014.
  6. "El Economista". Presseurope. Retrieved 6 October 2013.
  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. "Daily Press" (PDF). Unidad Editorial. December 2013. Retrieved 31 January 2015.
  9. Laura Chaqués Bonafont; Frank R. Baumgartner (April 2013). "Newspaper attention and policy activities in Spain". Journal of Public Policy. 33 (1). doi:10.1017/S0143814X12000219. Retrieved 24 April 2015.
  10. 1 2 Andrea Czepek; Melanie Hellwig; Eva Nowak (2009). Press Freedom and Pluralism in Europe: Concepts and Conditions. Intellect Books. p. 280. ISBN 978-1-84150-243-4. Retrieved 12 December 2014.
  11. Donn James Tilson; Pilar Saura Pérez (2003). "Public relations and the new golden age of Spain: a confluence of democracy, economic development and the media" (PDF). Public Relations Review. 29. Retrieved 24 April 2015.
  12. Jesús del-Olmo-Barbero; Sonia Parratt-Fernández (2011). "Typography and colour: A comparative analysis of the free and paid-for newspapers in Spain". Revista Latina de Comunicacion Social (66). Retrieved 23 February 2015.
  13. "El Mundo - new readership record". OSP. 25 April 2005. Retrieved 24 April 2015.
  14. 1 2 3 "Spain's press freedom under fire in US media". The Local. 3 February 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  15. 1 2 Ashifa Kassam (25 March 2014). "Media revolution in Spain as readers search for new voices". The Guardian. Madrid. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  16. "El Consejo de Administración...". Retrieved 1 May 2015.
  17. Lisa Abend (17 October 2008). "At Last, Spain Faces Up to Franco's Guilt". Time. Retrieved 22 October 2008.
  18. Preston, Peter (2014). "All hail Pedro J Ramírez, Spain's crown prince of muckraking". The Observer. Retrieved 4 May 2014.
  19. Lacerca
  20. "Facts of Spain". Florida International University. Retrieved 23 February 2015.
  21. Adam Smith (15 November 2002). "Europe's Top Papers". campaign. Retrieved 7 February 2015.
  22. David Ward (2004). "A Mapping Study of Media Concentration and Ownership in Ten European Countries" (PDF). Dutch Media Authority. Retrieved 12 December 2014.
  23. Roland Schroeder (2004). "Interactive Info Graphics in Europe-- added value to online mass media: a preliminary survey". Journalism Studies. 5 (4). doi:10.1080/14616700412331296473. Retrieved 4 December 2014.
  24. Craig Carroll (1 September 2010). Corporate Reputation and the News Media: Agenda-setting Within Business News Coverage in Developed, Emerging, and Frontier Markets. Routledge. p. 177. ISBN 978-1-135-25244-1. Retrieved 31 January 2015.
  25. Alan Albarran (10 September 2009). Handbook of Spanish Language Media. Routledge. p. 25. ISBN 978-1-135-85430-0. Retrieved 29 October 2014.
  26. 1 2 "elmundo.es launches Americas edition". Editors Weblog. 27 October 2009. Retrieved 6 September 2013.
  27. Figures covering July 2010 to June 2011 from Spain's, Oficina de Justificación de la Difusión. Retrieved 28 January 2012.

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