Our story is a collection of stories
Our company was established in 2002, with the merger of Grupo Correo and Prensa Española. But while Vocento is young, the story of ABC begins in 1891 and the origin of our regional newspapers goes back to 1854.
In 1891, Torcuato Luca de Tena founded the magazine Blanco y Negro. Then, in 1903, the first edition of ABC was published. The weekly publication “of universal information”, which became a daily in 1905, started life as “an independent and impartial newspaper, harnessing the printed press as the most direct means of conveying reality to the populace, while aspiring to reflect the authoritative opinions of all branches of human knowledge.”
ABC has been a trusted and committed reflection of the reality experienced by Spain for more than one hundred years of shared history. During the Spanish Civil War, like much of the country, the newspaper was divided into two different fractions, a ‘Republican’ edition in Madrid and a ‘Nationalist’ edition in Sevilla.
More recently, with its journalists, correspondents and photographers, ABC has reported on historic events such as the coronation of Felipe VI and the operation against Osama Bin Laden.
Meanwhile, in the same year in which Kandinsky painted his first abstract watercolour, the Ybarra brothers founded the newspaper El Pueblo Vasco in Bilbao. It was 1910, and the newspaper formed part of a group of intellectually and culturally advanced local newspapers in Spain at the time, many of which are now over 100 years old and form part of Vocento. They include the oldest newspaper in the history of Spain, el Norte de Castilla, founded in 1854. Other newspapers in the group include Las Provincias de Valencia (founded in 1866), El Comercio de Gijón (1878), La Rioja (1889) and La Verdad de Murcia (1903).
During the Civil War, in 1938, El Pueblo Vasco merged with El Correo Español in Bilbao. This merger was the first step in a long series of alliances between Spanish newspaper publishing houses, with many other regional newspapers joining Grupo Correo, including El Diario Vasco in San Sebastián, El Diario Montañés in Santander, Hoy in Badajoz, Ideal in Granada and Diario Sur in Málaga.
Our 100 years of history have been a story above all of growth.
Grupo Correo and Prensa Española merge. Vocento is born.
Our history is a story rich in incidents and events. But primarily, it is a story of people. At Vocento, we are proud first and foremost of our people: our teams, our professionals, and our contributors.
Emilia Pardo Bazán (1851-1921, ABC)
Sofía Casanova (1861-1958, ABC)
Miguel de Unamuno (1864-1936, El Pueblo Vasco)
Valle Inclán (1866-1936, ABC)
Azorín (1873-1967, ABC)
Julio Camba (1884-1962, ABC)
Miguel Hernández (1910-1942, La Verdad de Murcia)
Camilo José Cela (1916-2002, ABC)
Antonio Mingote (1919-2012, ABC)
Manuel Martín Ferrand
Miguel Delibes (1920-2010, El Norte de Castilla)
Torcuato Luca de Tena (1923-1999, ABC)
Francisco Umbral (1932-2007, El Norte de Castilla)
Reporters and columnists
Luis del Olmo Alonso “Olmo”
Juan Manuel de Prada
José María Nieto “JM Nieto”
Arturo Pérez Reverte
Isabel San Sebastián