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El Periódico de Catalunya
Type Daily newspaper
Format Berliner
Owner Grupo Zeta
Editor Rafael Nadal
Founded 26 October 1978
Language Spanish and Catalan
Headquarters Consell de Cent 425-427, 08009 Barcelona  Spain
Circulation 167,804 daily in 2006[1]
Official website

El Periódico de Catalunya is a morning daily newspaper based in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain and owned by Grupo Zeta. El Periódico is actually two newspapers, publishing separate editions in Spanish (with a red nameplate) and in Catalan (distinguished with a blue nameplate). The two editions combined sell more than 150,000 copies per day, making El Periódico the region's second-highest circulation daily, after the Spanish-only La Vanguardia. Nationally, El Periódico is Spain's fifth-highest circulation general-interest daily.

The paper was founded in 1978 by Antonio Asensio Pizarro, to offer a progressive, Catalan paper unconnected with Catalan separatism and nationalism. 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. It began a Catalan-language edition in mid-1990s, gaining access to substantial regional government subsidies. Previously, it was only published in Spanish.

Its current director is Antoni Nadal, brother of Joaquim Nadal, the Catalan minister of public works.


  1. ^ Figures covering January to December 2006 from Oficina de Justificación de la Difusión, accessed April 26, 2007.

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