Corriere della Sera

The Corriere della Sera (Italian pronunciation: [korˈrjɛːre della ˈseːra]; English: "Evening Courier") is an Italian daily newspaper published in Milan with an average daily circulation of 410,242 copies in December 2015.[1]

Corriere della Sera
La libertà delle idee
("The Freedom of Ideas")
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Front page on 15 July 2009
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)RCS MediaGroup
Founder(s)Eugenio Torelli Viollier
Managing editor, designLuciano Fontana
Founded5 March 1876
Political alignmentLiberalism
Fascism (1925–1945)
HeadquartersMilan, Italy
Country Kingdom of Italy (1876–1946)
Italy (since 1946)
Circulation206,874 (Print, 2018)
170,000 (Digital, 2019)
Sister newspapersLa Gazzetta dello Sport
The headquarters in Milan
Corriere della Sera journalists interviewing Russian President Vladimir Putin in June 2015

First published on 5 March 1876, Corriere della Sera is one of Italy's oldest newspapers and is Italy's most read newspaper. Its masthead has remained unchanged since its first edition in 1876. It reached a circulation of over 1 million under editor and co-owner Luigi Albertini, between 1900 and 1925. He was a strong opponent of socialism, of clericalism, and of Prime Minister Giovanni Giolitti who was willing to compromise with those forces. Albertini's opposition to the Fascist regime forced the other co-owners to oust him in 1925.[2][3]

Today its main competitors are Rome's la Repubblica and Turin's La Stampa.[4]

History and profileEdit

Corriere della Sera was first published on Sunday 5 March 1876[5] by Eugenio Torelli Viollier.[6] In 1899 the paper began to offer a weekly illustrated supplement, La Domenica del Corriere ("Sunday of the Courier").[7]

In the 1910s and 1920s, under the direction of Luigi Albertini, Corriere della Sera became the most widely read newspaper in Italy, maintaining its importance and influence into the present century.[6] It was Corriere della Sera which introduced comics in Italy in 1908 through a supplement for children, namely Corriere dei Piccoli.[8]

The newspaper's headquarters has been in the same buildings since the beginning of the 20th century, and therefore it is popularly known as "the Via Solferino newspaper" after the street where it is still located. As the name indicates, it was originally an evening paper.

During the fascist regime in Italy Corriere della Sera funded the Mussolini Prize which was awarded to the writers Ada Negri and Emilio Cecchi among the others.[9]

Mario Borsa, a militant anti-fascist, was appointed the editor-in-chief of Corriere della Sera in May 1945.[10] He was fired because of his political leanings in August 1946 and was replaced by Guglielmo Emanuel, a right-wing journalist.[10] Emanuel served in the post until 1952.[10]

In the 1950s Corriere della Sera was the organ of the conservative establishment in Italy and was strongly anti-communist and pro-NATO.[10] The paper was functional in shaping the views of the Italian upper and middle classes during this period.[10]

The owners of the Corriere della Sera, the Crespi family,[11] sold a share to RCS Media in the 1960s and was listed in the Italian stock exchange. Its main shareholders were Mediobanca, the Fiat group and some of the biggest industrial and financial groups in Italy. In 1974 the RCS Media[12] moved on to control the majority of the paper.[13]

Alberto Cavallari was the editor-in-chief of the paper during the early 1980s.[11] In 1981 the newspaper was laterally involved in the P2 scandal when it was discovered that the secret Freemason lodge had the newspaper's editor Franco Di Bella and the former owner Angelo Rizzoli on its member lists. In September 1987 the paper launched a weekly magazine supplement, Sette, which is the first in its category in Italy.[14][15] From 1987 to 1992 the editor-in-chief of Corriere della Sera was Ugo Stille.[16]

The 1988 circulation of Corriere della Sera was 715,000 copies, making it the second most read newspaper in Italy.[17] The paper started its Saturday supplement, IO Donna, in 1996.[18] In 1997 Corriere della Sera was the best-selling Italian newspaper with a circulation of 687,000 copies.[19]

Corriere della Sera had a circulation of 715,000 copies in 2001.[20] In 2002 it fell to 681,000 copies.[12] In 2003, its then editor Ferruccio de Bortoli resigned from the post.[5] The journalists and opposition politicians claimed the resignation was due to the paper's criticism of Silvio Berlusconi.[5]

In 2004, Corriere della Sera launched an online English section focusing on Italian current affairs and culture. The same year it was the best-selling newspaper in Italy with a circulation of 677,542 copies.[21] Its circulation in December 2007 was 662,253 copies.[5]

It is one of the most visited Italian-language news websites, attracting over 2,4 million readers every day.[22] The online version of the paper was the thirteenth most visited website in the country.[23]

On 24 September 2014 Corriere della Sera changed its broadsheet format to the Berliner format.[24]

On 7 March 2020, during the coronavirus pandemic, Corriere della Sera leaked a draft decree to put into lockdown several northern provinces particularly affected by the virus. The leaked news sparked a panic exodus to the south, and the threat of further contagion led to a nationwide lockdown.[25]

Content and sectionsEdit

The "Third Page" (a one page-survey dedicated to culture) used to feature a main article named Elzeviro (named after the font originally used), which over the years has published contributions from all the editors as well as major novelists, poets and journalists. On Monday, Corriere is published along with "L'Economia", a weekly finance and business magazine. On Thursday, it is published with "Sette", a current events magazine. On Sunday, it is published along with "la Lettura", a weekly literary supplement.

Contributors past and presentEdit

The Italian novelist Dino Buzzati was a journalist at the Corriere della Sera. Other notable contributors include Adolfo Battaglia,[26] Eugenio Montale, Curzio Malaparte, Gabriele D'Annunzio, Enzo Bettiza, Italo Calvino, Alberto Moravia, Amos Oz, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Guido Piovene, Giovanni Spadolini, Oriana Fallaci, Alessandra Farkas, Lando Ferretti, Brunella Gasperini, Enzo Biagi, Indro Montanelli, Giovanni Sartori, Paolo Brera, Francesco Alberoni, Tracy Chevalier, Goffredo Parise, Sergio Romano, Sandro Paternostro, Arturo Quintavalle, Roberto Gervaso, Alan Friedman, Tommaso Landolfi, Alberto Ronchey, Maria Grazia Cutuli, Camilla Cederna, Marida Lombardo Pijola and Paolo Mieli.


  • Luciano Fontana (Editor-in-chief)
  • Barbara Stefanelli (Vice Editor-in-chief)
  • Massimo Gramellini (Deputy Editor "ad personam")
  • Federico Fubini (Deputy Editor "ad personam")
  • Daniele Manca (Deputy Editor)
  • Venanzio Postiglione (Deputy Editor)
  • Giampaolo Tucci (Deputy Editor)

Columnist and journalists

  • Alberto Alesina (Columnist)
  • Pierluigi Battista (Journalist)
  • Giovanni Bianconi (Journalist)
  • Francesca Bonazzoli (journalist)
  • Isabella Bossi Fedrigotti (journalist)
  • Ian Bremmer (Columnist)
  • Goffredo Buccini (Journalist)
  • Sabino Cassese (Columnist)
  • Aldo Cazzullo (Journalist)
  • Lorenzo Cremonesi (Journalist)
  • Ferruccio de Bortoli (Columnist, former Editor-in-chief)
  • Dario Di Vico (Journalist)
  • Michele Farina (journalist)
  • Luigi Ferrarella (Journalist)
  • Antonio Ferrari (Journalist)
  • Massimo Franco (Journalist)
  • Davide Frattini (Jerusalem correspondent)
  • Milena Gabanelli (Journalist)
  • Massimo Gaggi (New York correspondent)
  • Ernesto Galli della Loggia (Columnist)
  • Mario Gerevini (Journalist)
  • Francesco Giavazzi (Columnist)
  • Aldo Grasso (Columnist)
  • Marco Imarisio (Journalist)
  • Luigi Ippolito (London correspondent)
  • Paolo Lepri (Journalist)
  • Claudio Magris (Columnist)
  • Dacia Maraini (Columnist)
  • Viviana Mazza (Journalist)
  • Paolo Mereghetti (Columnist)
  • Paolo Mieli (Columnist, former Editor-in-chief)
  • Stefano Montefiori (Paris correspondent)
  • Guido Olimpio (Journalist)
  • Angelo Panebianco (Columnist)
  • Mario Pappagallo (Columnist)
  • Magda Poli (journalist)
  • Antonio Polito (Columnist)
  • Maurizio Porro (journalist)
  • Sergio Romano (Columnist)
  • Arianna Ravelli (journalist)
  • Nicola Saldutti (Journalist)
  • Guido Santevecchi (Beijing correspondent)
  • Giuseppe Sarcina (Washington correspondent)
  • Fiorenza Sarzanini (Journalist)
  • Beppe Severgnini (Journalist)
  • Lina Sotis (columnist)
  • Gian Antonio Stella (Journalist)
  • Danilo Taino (Journalist)
  • Paolo Valentino (Berlin correspondent)
  • Chiara Vanzetto (journalist)
  • Franco Venturini (Columnist)
  • Francesco Verderami (Journalist)


  • L'Economia (on Monday);
  • Buone Notizie (on Tuesday);
  • ViviMilano (on Wednesday, only in the Province of Milan);
  • Sette (on Thursday);
  • Liberi Tutti (on Friday);
  • IO Donna (on Saturday);
  • La Lettura (on Sunday);
  • Corriere della Sera Style (monthly);
  • Corriere Innovazione (monthly).

Local editionsEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Circulation data Accertamenti Diffusione Stampa
  2. ^ Niek Nelissen, "The Corriere della Sera and the Rise of the Italian Nationalist Association." European History Quarterly (1982) 12#2 pp: 143-165.
  3. ^ Paul Devendittis, "Luigi Albertini: Conservative Liberalism in Thought and Practice," European History Quarterly (1976) 6#1 pp: 139–146 online
  4. ^ Lapo Filistrucchi (August 2004). "The Impact of Internet on the Market for Daily Newspapers in Italy" (PDF). European University Institute. Retrieved 8 October 2013.
  5. ^ a b c d "Communicating Europe: Italy Manual" (PDF). European Stability Initiative. 19 May 2008. Retrieved 23 November 2014.
  6. ^ a b "Palazzo Corriere della Sera". Retrieved 23 October 2013.
  7. ^ Ignazio Weiss (May 1960). "The Illustrated Newsweeklies in Italy". International Communication Gazette. 6 (2). Archived from the original on 9 April 2015. Retrieved 9 April 2015.
  8. ^ Gino Moliterno, ed. (2005). Encyclopedia of Contemporary Italian Culture (PDF). London and New York: Routledge. ISBN 0-203-74849-2. Archived from the original (PDF) on 9 January 2015. Retrieved 9 January 2015.
  9. ^ Ruth Ben-Ghiat (2001). Fascist Modernities: Italy, 1922-1945 (PDF). Berkeley: University of California Press. Archived from the original (PDF) on 29 December 2014. Retrieved 29 December 2014.
  10. ^ a b c d e Luigi Bruti Liberati (2011). "Witch-hunts and Corriere della Sera. A conservative perception of American political values in Cold War Italy: The 1950s". Cold War History. 11 (1): 69–83. doi:10.1080/14682745.2011.545599. S2CID 218575864.
  11. ^ a b Henry Kamm (14 March 1983). "Scandals of Italy entangle its flagship newspaper". The New York Times. Milan. Retrieved 25 April 2015.
  12. ^ a b "Annual Report 2003" (PDF). RCS Media Group. 31 December 2003. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  13. ^ Chris Hanretty (2009). "The Italian media between market and politics" (PDF). Chris Hanretty. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 27 January 2015.
  14. ^ Elena Argentesi (2004). "Demand estimation for Italian newspapers" (PDF). ECO Working Papers (28). Retrieved 28 March 2015.
  15. ^ "Sette". Image Diplomacy. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 15 March 2015.
  16. ^ Alexander Stille (31 July 2007). The Sack of Rome: Media + Money + Celebrity = Power = Silvio Berlusconi. Penguin Group US. p. 308. ISBN 978-1-101-20168-8. Retrieved 30 November 2014.
  17. ^ Peter Humphreys (1996). Mass Media and Media Policy in Western Europe. Manchester University Press. p. 90. ISBN 9780719031977. Retrieved 29 October 2014.
  18. ^ "Factsheet". Publicitas. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  19. ^ Jose L. Alvarez; Carmelo Mazza; Jordi Mur (October 1999). "The management publishing industry in Europe" (PDF). University of Navarra. Archived from the original (Occasional Paper No:99/4) on 30 June 2010. Retrieved 27 April 2015.
  20. ^ Adam Smith (15 November 2002). "Europe's Top Newspapers". Campaign. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  21. ^ "European Publishing Monitor. Italy" (PDF). Turku School of Economics and KEA. Archived from the original (PDF) on 11 April 2015. Retrieved 5 April 2015.
  22. ^ "Audiweb: Italiaonline prima tra le concessionarie digital a luglio 2019". Retrieved 18 September 2019. Sono, invece, La Repubblica, con 2,9 milioni di utenti unici e oltre 10.000 pagine viste nel giorno medio, Corriere della Sera, con 2,4 milioni di utenti unici e 7.600 pagine viste, e TgCom24, con 2,2 milioni di utenti unici e 8.100 pagine viste, i siti più visitati.
  23. ^ Gianpietro Mazzoleni; Giulio Vigevani (10 August 2011). "Mapping Digital Media: Italy" (Report). Open Society Foundation. Retrieved 24 November 2014.
  24. ^ "Italy: new Corriere della Sera - back to the future". Publicitas. 9 September 2014. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 24 November 2014.
  25. ^ Giuffrida, Angela; Tondo, Lorenzo (8 March 2020). "Leaked coronavirus plan to quarantine 16m sparks chaos in Italy". Retrieved 22 March 2020.
  26. ^ "Autore: Adolfo Battaglia". First Online (in Italian). Retrieved 12 January 2022.

Further readingEdit

  • Merrill, John C. and Harold A. Fisher (1980). The world's great dailies: profiles of fifty newspapers. pp. 104–110.

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