|Founded||April 11, 2010|
|Political alignment||Catalanism, centrism, Catalan independentism|
Ara (Catalan pronunciation: [ˈaɾə], meaning "now") is a Catalan daily newspaper that began publication on November 28, 2010, coinciding with the Catalan parliamentary elections. Between 60,000 and 90,000 copies are printed each day. It is the third most read daily newspaper in Catalonia, and the most read daily newspaper written exclusively in the Catalan language. Its regional edition, Ara Balears, is the most widespread Catalan language newspaper on the Balearic Islands. Ara's web page is the visited digital media in Catalonia, with around 2 million single users per month.
The publisher is Carles Capdevila, the president is Ferran Rodés, and the CEO and Editor is Mònica Terribas. The newspaper's advisory council includes journalists Antoni Bassas, Albert Om and Toni Soler, all known for their work with the Catalan public television channel, TV3. Ara's content includes Catalan translations of reports and articles from the International Herald Tribune.
Ara's shareholders are the group Cultura 03, which also publishes the magazines Sàpiens, TimeOut Barcelona, Descobrir, and Cuina; Ferran Rodés, representing Havas Media; and Artur Carulla, president of the Agrolimen holding company. In September 2010, Antoni Bassas announced that he would participate as a shareholder.
The first edition of Ara was published on November 28, 2010, selling out the 120,000 copies printed.
Editorial policy and political alignment
The newspaper is closely associated with Catalan independentism.
Unlike two of its main competitors, La Vanguardia and El Periódico de Catalunya (considered supportive, respectively, of the centre-right Convergència i Unió and the centre-left Socialists' Party of Catalonia), Ara's editorial policies are not considered to be supportive of any particular party or specific political ideology.
Hence, the newspaper is generally considered as centrist regarding the left-right divide and strongly Catalanist regarding the issue of relations between Spain and Catalonia. The newspaper's third main competitor, El Punt Avui, born in 2011 of the fusion of the long-standing Avui and El Punt newspapers, is similar in this regard.
The newspaper is printed in Barcelona and distributed throughout Catalonia. Since 2011, distribution was launched also on the Balearic Islands, soon becoming the most read media in Catalan language in the region. In February 2012, the distribution was extended to some areas of the Valencian Community, especially in the Province of Castelló and in the city of Valencia.