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In December 1978, symbolically coinciding with the promulgation of the Spanish Constitution, Prensa Ibérica took its first steps, a group of communication media that has become -with seventeen newspapers and a wide presence in nine autonomous communities- a multimedia benchmark for regional and local information in Spain.
That year Javier Moll and his wife, Arantza Sarasola, began a recognized career as journalistic entrepreneurs with the acquisition of Prensa Canaria, to which La Provincia and the evening newspaper Diario de Las Palmas belonged.
Since then, the history of the group runs parallel to the history of democracy, and its newspapers, at the service of citizens, have witnessed the most outstanding events that have occurred during these four decades, the period of greatest progress experienced in Spain.
The foundation of Prensa Ibérica as the family group of regional communication companies that we know today took place in 1984 when attending the State Social Communications Media auction, which allowed the expansion to the peninsular territory through the purchase of the management companies of La New Spain of Asturias, Levante-EMV of Valencia and Information of Alicante.
In 1986, Prensa Ibérica bought Faro de Vigo, which, founded in 1853, is the leading newspaper of the press in Spain.
In 1987, Prensa Ibérica faced its first major technological transformation, being one of the first Spanish communication groups to incorporate computers into its newsrooms.
In 1988 La Opinión de Murcia was founded, which is the first of a series of headers with the name “La Opinión”, created to compete in territories where there was long-standing and deeply rooted competition. This newspaper became, at the time of its birth, the first Spanish newspaper to use modern Macintosh computers, which replaced typewriters in the newsrooms.
In 1990, La Opinión de Zamora was born, which, three years later, merged with El Correo to give rise to the current La Opinión-El Correo de Zamora. Then came La Opinión de Málaga (1999), La Opinión de Tenerife (1999) and La Opinión de A Coruña (2000), as well as the weekly Mallorca Zeitung (2000) and the sports newspaper Superdeporte (2003).
In 1991 Prensa Ibérica acquired Diario de Mallorca and Diario de Ibiza.
In 1996 the group incorporated the Catalan language into its press network, with the purchase of Diari de Girona. Later, in 2005, the Empordà newspaper, and in 2006, Regió 7.
In 1999 Prensa Ibérica opened up to the future by initiating another great challenge: creating websites that, over time, would become leading digital newspapers. And that same year the group equipped itself with state-of-the-art Mitsubishi rotary presses and Muller Martini closing systems to meet the printing challenges of the 21st century.
In the year 2000 all the newspaper archives were digitized.
Prensa Ibérica is present in the field of audiovisual content producers and has 26 DTT licences. The group also has two television channels, Información TV and Levante TV, and a radio station, 97.7 Radio Levante.
In December 2014 Aitor Moll Sarasola was appointed CEO.
The operation makes Prensa Ibérica the leading regional and local press group in Spain by adding 25 print and digital titles in eleven autonomous communities and a dozen magazines.
The acquisition of Grupo Zeta also means the incorporation of magazines such as Woman Madame Figaro, Stilo, Cuore, Viajar, Cartoon Network, Disney Channel, Neos Kidz or Like!
That same year, 2019, Prensa Ibérica also took control of El Día, the leading centennial newspaper in Tenerife and the Canary Islands.
Since its inception, Prensa Ibérica has flaunted three maxims: the business autonomy of each of the companies, editorial independence from public and private powers, and proximity to the citizenry.