Front page, 11 June 2013
|Editor||Luís Pedro Silva|
|Managing editors||Ana Carvalho Melo|
|Sports editor||Arthur Melo|
|Founded||18 April 1835|
|Headquarters||Rua Dr. Bruno Tavares Carreiro, 34/36
Ponta Delgada (Azores), Portugal
History and profile
The Açoriano Oriental was founded 18 April 1835, a period when national and international newspapers dominated public communication. It was its founder, Manuel António de Vasconcelos, born in Pilar da Bretanha, who first decided to publish a weekly newspaper with a regional character for the island of São Miguel, which interestingly mixed the public service and communitary aspects with politics and journalism.
Manuel António was a liberal, and vigorous defender of his principals, who used his paper as a vehicle for political battles that occurred on the national stage in the period. It was a combative and debate-oriented newspaper that supported the principals espoused by the constitutional monarchists of the time, while supporting the local agrarian populous on the island. Four months prior to founding of the Açoriano Oriental, the first law that addressed press freedoms were introduced in Portugal; Manuel António de Vasconcelos quickly established his paper to take advantage of these public liberties.
Over the next 175 years, the paper took on various forms, aligning itself to political idealism on the island, and reinvented itself during periods of crisis. Manuel Ferreira de Almeida, for over thirty years and with great sacrifice, maintained the Açoriano Oriental in publication, until it was eventually acquired by Impraçor, when on 1 January 1979 it became a daily newspaper.
In November 1996, the Açoriano Oriental was integrated into Açormedia, consisting of the original shareholders of Impraçor and Grupo Lusomundo, dominated by Controlinveste Media (today the majority stakeholder).
Its local role and several years of publication, provided it with the honour of the oldest Portuguese newspaper, one of the ten oldest continuously published daily newspapers and longest surviving papers by name. These accolades allowed the newspaper to be recognized by the Portuguese State in 1999, with the honorary membership to the Order of Prince Henry.
In 2011, US President Barack Obama invited the members of Açoriano Oriental to participate at the commemorative ceremonies at the annual 11 September ceremonies: the invitation was extended to a select number of newspapers worldwide.
The circulation of Açoriano Oriental was 3,945 copies in 2009 and 3,662 copies in 2010.
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