Promotora de Informaciones, S.A. (PRISA) is a Spanish media conglomerate headquartered in Madrid, Spain. It is one of the largest media companies in Spain and Latin America, with the presence of educational, cultural and informative content. PRISA owns a portfolio of newspapers, magazines, radio stations, and television networks. The majority subsidiaries and brands of the company are El País, Cadena SER, and Santillana.

Promotora de Informaciones, S.A.
TypeSociedad Anónima
IndustryBroadcasting, Publishing, Media, Internet, Entertainment
Founded1972; 50 years ago (1972)
FounderJesús de Polanco
Key people
Joseph Oughourlian (Non-executive chairman)
Carlos Núñez Murias (CEO of PRISA Media)
Francisco Cuadrado Pérez (CEO of Santillana)
ServicesTelevision and radio production, press and publishing
RevenueDecrease €6.822 billion (2020)[1]
Number of employees
14,987 (2020)[2]
SubsidiariesGrupo Santillana

History and profileEdit

The PRISA group was founded in 1972[3][4] by Jesús de Polanco, who was the major shareholder and the president of the company until his death on 21 July 2007.[5] The other founder was José Ortega Spotorno, the son of the philosopher Ortega y Gasset.[4] The company was established as part of the Spanish transition towards democracy.[4] The son of Jesús de Polanco, Ignacio Polanco, succeeded him as the president of PRISA.[5]

The share of the group in the Spanish press market was 15.1% in 2006.[5]

As of 2010 it was controlled by Nicolas Berggruen.[6] At the end of 2010 the US hedge fund Liberty Acquisitions Holdings acquired 51% of the company.[3]

In January 2021, French conglomerate Vivendi acquired a 9.9 percent stake in Prisa.[7][8]


PRISA MediaEdit

As of 2012, the company holds a 50% interest in El Huffington Post, the Spanish-language version of the news source.[4]

PRISA owns the following papers among the others[9][4]
  • El País Semanal: Sunday magazine.
  • ICON: Men's magazine.
  • S Moda: Women's magazine.
  • Cadena SER: News station.
  • Los 40: Contemporary hit radio station.
  • Los 40 Classic: Classic hits music station.
  • Los 40 Dance: Electronic dance music station (Online only).
  • Los 40 Urban: Urban hits music station.
  • Cadena Dial: Latin pop music station.
  • Radiolé: Spanish music station.
  • Caracol Radio: News station (Colombia).
  • ADN Radio: News station (Chile).
  • W Radio: News station (Mexico).
  • El HuffPost: Web portal.
  • El País Audio
  • AS Audio
  • SER Podcast
  • Los 40 Podcast
  • Dial Podcast
  • Podium Podcast


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Annual Results 2010" (PDF). Prisa. Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 July 2011.
  2. ^ Prisa: About us Archived 12 April 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ a b Julia Pastor (27 December 2013). "Prisa Group: Dismantling of Spain's Top Media Giant Means End of an Era". The Corner. Madrid. Retrieved 26 November 2014.
  4. ^ a b c d e "Country Profile: Spain". Institute of Media and Communications Study. Retrieved 21 February 2015.
  5. ^ a b c Andrea Czepek; Melanie Hellwig; Eva Nowak (2009). Press Freedom and Pluralism in Europe: Concepts and Conditions. Intellect Books. p. 278. ISBN 978-1-84150-243-4. Retrieved 12 December 2014.
  6. ^ Raphael Minder. "Prisa Looks for Return to Financial Health", The New York Times, 21 November 2010
  7. ^ "Vivendi Acquires Stake in Spanish-Language Publishing Group Prisa". 22 January 2021.
  8. ^ "Vivendi raises its stake in PRISA to 9.9% - Vivendi".
  9. ^ "Spain- Newspapers". G2MI. Archived from the original on 13 April 2015. Retrieved 26 November 2014.

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