(ANSA) – ROME, NOV 20 – Il Giornale d’Italia, an independent, liberal and moderate national newspaper providing information, analysis, background and commentary, celebrates 120 years and looks to the future. It renews itself by presenting itself to the general public in a digital version with extensive, complete and entirely free information, making room with authority to face and tell the challenges of today and tomorrow. (Www.ilgiornaleditalia.it).
Founded in 1901 by Sidney Sonnino and Antonio Salandra, under the direction of Alberto Bergamini who came from Corriere della Sera, born 25 years earlier (1876), the Giornale d’Italia has told about our country for over a century, two world wars and relative post-war periods, dark and crisis periods and phases of rebirth, growth, trust, energy and passion, always looking towards the future. The historic newspaper boasted editorialists such as Benedetto Croce, Luigi Pirandello, Giovanni Pascoli, Antonio Fogazzaro, Vilfredo Pareto and Gabriele D’Annunzio. And it is precisely with Gabriele D’Annunzio that Il Giornale d’Italia on 11 December 1901 invented the ‘third page’, positioned after those of politics and news. Page that Alberto Bergamini dedicated to the first theatrical performance of D’Annunzio’s Francesca da Rimini, played by Eleonora Duse. Since then it has characterized the tradition of Italian cultural journalism and has reached over 3 million readers.
Its first director clearly expressed the line to follow in the first issue, published on November 16, 1901: “We will work to reconcile souls, to revive the feelings of solidarity among all the city orders, to raise the moral and economic conditions of the more disadvantaged, on which the future of Italy largely depends “.
“We are aware that Il Giornale d’Italia represents an inestimable historical and cultural heritage, an important witness to the history of our country and with a fundamental role for its future. The challenge is to trace a clear route following the values of the past. to reconcile them with the profound transformations taking place “underlines Gabriella Greco, director of the company. (HANDLE).