La Stampa

La Stampa

Front page, 10 December 2006
Type Daily newspaper
Format Berliner
Owner(s) Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
Publisher Editrice La Stampa
Editor Maurizio Molinari
Founded 1 February 1867 (1867-02-01)
Political alignment Social liberalism, centrism
Language Italian
Headquarters Via Marenco 32, Turin, Italy
Circulation 256,203 (2012)
ISSN 1122-1763
Website La Stampa

La Stampa (meaning the Press in English) is an Italian daily newspaper published in Turin, Italy. It is distributed in Italy and other European nations. It is one of the oldest newspapers in Italy.[1]

History and profile

The paper was founded by Vittorio Bersezio, a journalist and novelist, in February 1867[1][2] with the name Gazzetta Piemontese.[3] In 1895, the newspaper was bought (and by then edited) by Alfredo Frassati (father of Pier Giorgio Frassati), who gave it its current name and a national perspective.[3] For criticising the 1924 murder of the socialist Giacomo Matteotti, he was forced to resign and sell the newspaper to Giovanni Agnelli.[3] The financier Riccardo Gualino also took a share.[4] The paper is now owned by Fiat S.p.A.[5] It has a centrist stance.[6] The former contributors of La Stampa include Italian novelist Alberto Moravia.[7]

La Stampa, based in Turin,[8] was published in broadsheet format[9] until November 2006 when the paper began to be published in the berliner format.[10][11][12] It launched a website in 1999.[2] La Stampa also launched a project, called Vatican Insider, run by the daily newspaper and has among its staff several Vatican affairs analysts.[13]

Since 26 May 2006 it has published a monthly magazine: Specchio+. From 26 January 1996 to 7 April 2006, it was called Specchio, which was published as a weekly supplement, a general interest magazine.[14]

In September 2012 La Stampa moved to its new headquarters in Turin, leaving its historical editorial building.[2] Mario Calabresi is the editor-in-chief of the daily.[15][16][17]

On 9 April 2013 an explosive device was sent by an anarchist group, the Federazione Anarchica Informale/Fronte Rivoluzionario, to the offices of La Stampa.[18] It did not detonate.[18]


The 1988 circulation of La Stampa was 560,000 copies.[5] In 1997 the paper had a circulation of 376,493 copies.[8]

Its circulation was 399,000 copies in 2000[19] and 409,000 copies in 2001.[9] The circulation of the paper was 330,000 copies in 2003[6] and 345,060 copies in 2004.[20] Its 2007 circulation was 314,000 copies.[21] It was 256,203 copies in 2012.[22]



Columnists and journalists

Former journalists


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  9. 1 2 Adam Smith (15 November 2002). "Europe's Top Papers". campaign. Retrieved 5 February 2015.
  10. Roy Greenslade (20 November 2006). "Italy's La Stampa adopts Berliner format". The Guardian. Retrieved 5 February 2015.
  11. "The Berliner format". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 November 2014.
  12. Tony Harcup (May 2014). A Dictionary of Journalism. Oxford University Press. p. 35. ISBN 978-0-19-964624-1. Retrieved 24 November 2014.
  13. About Us La Stampa.
  14. Elena Argentesi (February 2004). "Demand Estimation for Italian Newspapers: the Impact of Weekly Supplements" (PDF). Workshop on Media Economics. Bergen. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  15. Alastair Reid (12 August 2014). "Inside digital innovation at La Stampa". Journalism. Retrieved 30 November 2014.
  16. Anne Penketh; Philip Oltermann; Stephen Burgen (12 June 2014). "European newspapers search for ways to survive digital revolution". The Guardian. Paris, Berlin, Barcelona. Retrieved 7 January 2015.
  17. Elisabetta Povoledo (29 September 2013). "New Turmoil for Italy Amid Resignation of 5 in Berlusconi's Party". The New York Times. Rome. Retrieved 29 September 2013.
  18. 1 2 Nataliya Rovenskaya (April 2013). "Anarchists and suspected mafia target Italian media". Committee to Protect Journalists. Retrieved 2 December 2014.
  19. "Top 100 dailies 2000". campaign. 16 November 2001. Retrieved 2 March 2015.
  20. "European Publishing Monitor. Italy" (PDF). Turku School of Economics and KEA. Retrieved 5 April 2015.
  21. Anne Austin et. al. (2008). "Western Europe Market and Media Fact" (PDF). Zenith Optimedia. Retrieved 10 April 2015. line feed character in |work= at position 7 (help)
  22. Dati Ads - media mobile luglio 2012. Prima Online. 7 September 2012.

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