More frees in the Basque country

goienkariaIn January we devoted two post to ‘discovered’ free dailies, Hitza and Kronika, in the Basque countries in Spain. Like Catalonia and Galicia, the Basque countries have their own (often free) dailies and weeklies, published in their own language.

From Joxe Rojas, media area manager at Topagunea, the Federation of Basque Speaker Associations, I got more  information on free papers in the Basque countries, in this case several free weeklies that are published in the area:

  • Anboto, based in Iurreta (Bizkaia), circulation 9,200. A 32 page in tabloid format, distributed in 12 towns of the Durangaldea region. It also operates local radio station ‘Anboto Irratia’.
  • Barren, based in Elgoibar (Gipuzkoa), distributed in Elgoibar and Mendaro. 28 pages in A4 and a circulation of 4,760.
  • …Eta Kitto! celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2009. Based in Eibar (Gipuzkoa). Circulation 7,950.
  • Goienkaria, the result of a long merging process among several town-based magazines. Goienkaria has two editions: one distributed for free on Fridays (48 pages), with a circulation of 20,000, and a paid one on Mondays, with a circulation of 5,000. Apart from the paper there is also TV (GoiTB), radio (Arrasate Irratia) and internet ( Its distribution area is the region of Debagoiena (Gipuzkoa).
  • Guaixe, based in Altsasu (Navarre) serves the region of Sakana. Tabloid format and 32 pages per week, with a criculation of 4,500. Publisher Bierrik is also in charge of local radio station Beleixe Irratia.
  • Txintxarri, based in Lasarte-Oria (Gipuzkoa). Like Goienkaria, it has two editions per week, one on Fridays and the other on Mondays, both of them for free. It has a circulation of 7,700.

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