New national newspaper launches next month

Here’s something you won’t have seen in the domestic press. Attacks on press freedom in Spain and a cowed domestic media have prompted a campaigning editor to set up an online newspaper in an effort to hold the country’s establishment to account. Pedro J Ramírez will launch El Español next month, with the aim of reviving Spain’s media, which he says have been neutered by a new security law and years of economic crisis. Mr Ramírez said Continue reading New national newspaper launches next month

Pedro Jota attacks Spanish government in “NY Times” (but then says: that’s not my article!)

Pedro Jota, the flamboyant ex-editor of El Mundo who was fired last week for daring to reveal one too many secrets about Rajoy’s lot, had a very critical piece of his published in the New York Times. You can read it here.: “In Spain, fired for speaking out” Basically he compares Rajoy to Franco and says he ensured all the advertising dried up to his paper, leading to him being fired to unblock the boycott. Continue reading Pedro Jota attacks Spanish government in “NY Times” (but then says: that’s not my article!)

Spain, it seems, doesn’t actually have any real newspaper power

In the UK, the top dailies sell about 10 million copies a weekday. According to ABC figures. That means 1 major national daily is sold for every 6 citizens, right? Well, Pedro J Ramírez, flamboyant editor of El Mundo, makes the startling admission today that Spain today only has four national dailys, and only three of those manage to sell more than 100,000 copies a day. Meaning… about one national copy per 430 citizens. Pedro Continue reading Spain, it seems, doesn’t actually have any real newspaper power

El Mundo launches new mobile app and it´s rubbish

El Mundo has launched a new Android mobile app and, sorry, it´s rubbish. (They won´t let me comment on the news story about it, so I thought I´d whine about it here). So before I could select any Spanish region (ie, Andalucia regional news) within just two easy fingerclicks. Now, it takes me 4. The lefthand menu is too big and clumsy, I have to scroll for ages up and down, going past lots of Continue reading El Mundo launches new mobile app and it´s rubbish

Mojacar in the national press: Dominoes forbidden!

“Mojacar will ban playing dominoes in bars as it’s too noisy” screams the headline in El Mundo this morning (elmundo.es). An excited bit by local reporter Miguel Cabrera (the only remenant of the illfated ElMundo|Almería edition adventure) says that the war declared by the Mayor of Mojacar, Rosmari, against noise in bars will even crackdown on playing quiet games amongst friends in local bars. The disputed bylaw (which was, anyway, dropped last week, not that Continue reading Mojacar in the national press: Dominoes forbidden!

“El Mundo” Almeria edition collapses – “Diario de Almería” next?

It appears that the 40 workers of the Almería edition of “El Mundo” newspaper -which is a local franchise operating under the “El Mundo” banner – today received letters informing them that the newspaper has gone under. Many of these workers claim not to have been paid “in months”, the offices are padlocked, and of the two editors, a certain Joseba Murga Eizagaetxebarría, appears to have fallen off the face of the earth, and the other, Luis Continue reading “El Mundo” Almeria edition collapses – “Diario de Almería” next?