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The newspaper was planned in 1972 by the journalist Indro Montanelli, together with the colleague Enzo Bettiza, after some disagreements with the new pro-left editorial line adopted by the newspaper Corriere della Sera, where Montanelli had been one of the most important contributors.
The newspaper was launched on 25 June 1974 as Il Giornale Nuovo, with Indro Montanelli as editor and member of the publishing company board of directors and an editorial office composed of 59 journalists.
In 1977 Montanelli, in financial difficulty, accepted an offer by Silvio Berlusconi, who thus became the publisher. Indro Montanelli edited and published il Giornale from its start, until Berlusconi entered politics (December 1993). At that time he left to found the new daily La Voce.
Il Giornale della Libertà
Il Giornale della Libertà was a free weekly political, headed by Michela Vittoria Brambilla, and attached with Il Giornale, but was strictly criticized by the editorial staff and later went on strike (for the second time after the leaving of Indro Montanelli).
The last issue is still available for downloading: 
- Indro Montanelli (1974–1994)
- Vittorio Feltri (1994–1997)
- Mario Cervi (1997–2001)
- Maurizio Belpietro (2001–2007)
- Mario Giordano (2007–2009)
- Vittorio Feltri (2009–2010)
- Alessandro Sallusti (2010–present)
- Data for average Newspaper circulation (Diffusione media (Italia + Estero)) from the Accertamenti Diffusione Stampa (Ads) survey on 2008 in Italy 
- Lapo Filistrucchi (February 2006). "The Impact of Internet on the Market for Daily Newspapers in Italy". EUI Working Paper. Retrieved 9 December 2013.
- "Inserto dei "Circoli della Libertà" e al "Giornale" scatta lo sciopero". la Repubblica (in Italian). 31 May 2007. Retrieved 15 January 2009.
- Il Giornale 16 May 2008
- il Giornale Official Website (Italian)
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