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El Mundo (Spain)

elmundo-portadaBased: Madrid

Founded: 1989

Circulation: 310,000 (2005)

Owner: Unidad Editorial

The newest of Madrid’s three major general news tabloids, El Mundo has managed to establish itself as a popular alternative to El Pais and ABC. With a right-wing political perspective, the daily originally was a virulent critic of the socialist government and a keen supporter of the Popular Party. But it subsequently distanced itself from the PP after failing to obtain the government support it had hoped for in a battle for control of the digital TV sector. It is now arguably the most independent-minded of the big Madrid dailies.