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Overview of the Sector

During the second half of the 1980s, economic journalism expanded significantly in the market, via the publication of economics supplements, and specialist titles such as "Vida Económica", "Semanário Económico" (16-01-1987) and "Diário Económico" (30-10-1989). Several factors contributed to this situation, one of the most significant being the fact that Portugal joined the European Economic Community in 1986.



The monthly magazine "Grande Reportagem" was launched in 1989. From 29 November 2003, this magazine was distributed every week with the Saturday editions of "Diário de Notícias" and "Jornal de Notícias".



However, the appearance of the daily newspaper "Público", on 5 March 1990, enriched the quality papers segment.


On 5 May 1998,the popular tabloid-style was consolidated, with the launch of the morning newspaper, "24 Horas" that closed on 29 June 2010. 

In the terms of general weekly newspapers, in May 1999, "Euronotícias" was launched, but which later closed (2002).



In terms of news magazines, "Visão" was launched in 1993, replacing the weekly journal "O Jornal" (1975-1992). In October 1999, "Focus" was launched. On 7 May 2004, the first edition of the magazine “Sábado” was launched (using the same title as another magazine that was published between 1988 and 1993). "Focus" published its last issue on 11 January 2012. All these publications are, or were, published on a weekly basis.

On 2 April 2005, "Courrier International" (Portuguese edition) was launched. This is a generalist publication that publishes articles from leading newspapers worldwide. Initially published on a weekly basis, "Courrier International" later became a monthly publication.


On 16 September 2006, the generalist nationwide weekly newspaper, "Sol" began publication.

 On 7 May 2009, the 1st edition of the daily newspaper "i" appeared on the news stands.

 On 3 July 2009, the 1st edition of the regional weekly newspaper, "Grande Porto" was launched. 



In the field of specialist publications, new titles for female readers have been launched since the end of the 1980s such as "Elle" (1988), "Máxima" (1988), "Activa" (1991) and "Cosmopolitan" (1992). However, the women's magazine "Maria" (1978) has the highest print runs in this kind of publication.



The market for magazines targeted at television audiences continued to grow, especially since the advent of private television channels (SIC on 10/06/1992 and TVI on 02/20/1993). Besides the classic "TV Guia" (1979), other key titles include "TV Mais" (1993) and "Telenovelas" (1998). 



Celebrities-based magazines also enjoyed increasing popularity, such as "Nova Gente" (1976), "Caras" (1995) and "VIP" (1997). 



There was also a rising level of readership of other specialist magazines, in the fields of home decoration, travel, computer and motorsports - thus revealing a progressive change in Portuguese reading habits.



Economic journalism expanded its success with the publication of magazines such as "Exame" (1989), "Valor" (1991), "Fortuna" (1992), "Fortunas & Negócios" (1992) and "Executive Digest" (1994).

 At present three daily economics newspapers are published: "Diário Económico" (1989), "Jornal de Negócios" (that went daily on 8 May 2003) and "Oje". 



In terms of sports media, the following daily newspapers are published: "A Bola", "Record" and "O Jogo".

As for online media, one of the main titles is the electronic journal "Diário Digital". "Portugal Diário" that remained online for eleven years, was closed by Media Capital in September 2011, and its journalists were integrated within the online editorial team of TVI 24 (which began broadcasting on 26/02/2009).


At the end of the twentieth century and start of the twenty-first century, free newspapers began to gain greater presence in the Lisbon area. Noteworthy titles include the daily newspapers "Metro" and "Destak". "Destak" began publication on 21 September 2001. " Global Notícias", another free daily newspaper, published its last issue on 30 June 2010. 

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