10 years of 20 Minutos

On February 3, 2000, the first issue of free daily Madrid y M@s was launched in the Spanish capital. In November an edition for Catalonia, Barcelona y M@s, followed.

Norwegian publisher Schibsted bought the newspapers in 2001 and changed the title into 20 Minutos, just like their first free dailies in Switzerland and Germany. Spanish publisher Zeta (El Periodico del Catalunya, Sport) acquired 20% of the operation in 2005. In 2009 Schibsted bought back this minority share.

New editions for Sevilla and Zaragoza were added in 2003; Valencia and Alicante followed in 2004. In 2005 the paper expanded to Malaga, Granada, Murcia, Cordoba, Bilbao, Valladolid, Coruna and Vigo. An edition for Asturias (Gijon) followed in 2007.

Circulation increased until 2007 to more than a million, after that the recession forced 20 Minutos to cut circulation, like all Spanish free dailies.


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