Il Foglio

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Il Foglio
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Director Claudio Cerasa with a copy of Il Foglio, 2016
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Il Foglio Quotidiano
Società Cooperativa
EditorClaudio Cerasa
Founded30 January 1996
Political alignmentClassical liberalism
HeadquartersVia del Tritone 132, Rome
Via Vittor Pisani 19, Milan
CirculationDaily: 25.000 (2015)
Overall: 47.000 (2015)

Il Foglio (English: "The Paper") is an Italian centrist daily newspaper with circulation around 25.000 copies per day (with an overall spread of 47.000). It was founded in 1996 by the Italian journalist and politician Giuliano Ferrara after he left as editor of the magazine Panorama. Since 2015, it has been directed by Claudio Cerasa.

History and profile[edit]

Il Foglio was founded in 1996 by the Italian journalist and politician Giuliano Ferrara after he left as editor of the magazine Panorama.[1] The paper is headquartered in Rome.[2]

The main editorial policy of Il Foglio (meaning in Italian "The Sheet", i.e. formed from a single sheet of paper as used in 19th-century newspapers) is a summary of the most important news of the day with comment and analysis on them. Recently, the size of the paper has increased, with insert and extra pages incorporated especially on Saturday.

Between March and April 2023, Il Foglio published one ChatGPT-generated article a day on their official website, hosting a special contest for their readers in the process.[3] The articles tackled themes such as the possible replacement of human journalists with AI systems,[4] Elon Musk's administration of Twitter,[5] the Meloni government's immigration policy[6] and the competition between chatbots and virtual assistants.[7]


Anglo-American conservatism can roughly be considered its closest political position. It features editorials inspired by American newspapers, especially The Wall Street Journal.

Il Foglio can also be considered pro-free market in economics.

Despite its conservative leaning, a significant part of its journalists are members or were members of the Radical Party. This newspaper also hosts several articles from left-leaning and independent columnists.


Since 2016, the paper has been owned by Sorgente Group, a group operating in the field of real estate investments and finance and chaired by Valter Mainetti. In April 2016 it announced that it had bought 97,48% of the ownership.[8] In December 2016, Sorgente group bought 100% of the ownership and is thus the only owner of the newspaper.

Ten years earlier, on 23 April 2006, Giuliano Ferrara had declared to the Report Italian news television show (within the episode "Il finanziamento quotidiano" di Bernardo Iovene), that the newspaper ownership was shared by the following:

  • PBF S.r.l. 38%.
  • Sergio Zuncheddu (Sardinian builder and owner of the largest daily newspaper of Sardinia, l'Unione Sarda, and of some regional television broadcasting companies, Videolina and Tele Costa Smeralda), 20% to 25%.
  • Denis Verdini (Former national coordinator of the PDL), 15%.
  • Giuliano Ferrara, 10%.
  • Michele Colasanto, 10%.


  1. ^ Alexander Smoltczyk (28 November 2005). "The Halls of Power in Italy: Dining with Berlusconi's Brain". Der Spiegel (48). Retrieved 26 November 2014.
  2. ^ "Communicating Europe: Italy Manual" (PDF). European Stability Initiative. 19 May 2008. Retrieved 7 May 2015.
  3. ^ "ChatGPT sul Foglio: per 30 giorni piccoli testi scritti dall'IA sul nostro giornale" [ChatGPT on Il Foglio: for 30 days, brief texts written by the AI on our newspaper]. Il Foglio (in Italian). 7 March 2023. Retrieved 22 March 2023.
  4. ^ Moretti, Marco (8 March 2023). "Articoli artificiali? No" [Artificial articles? No]. Il Foglio (in Italian). Retrieved 22 March 2023.
  5. ^ A.D.A. (9 March 2023). "Più umani, grazie" [Be more human, thanks]. Il Foglio (in Italian). Retrieved 22 March 2023.
  6. ^ "Le colpe farlocche dell'"invasione"" [The fake faults of the "invasion"]. Il Foglio (in Italian). 14 March 2023. Retrieved 22 March 2023.
  7. ^ "Sfida per Siri e Alexa" [A challenge for Siri and Alexa]. Il Foglio (in Italian). 17 March 2023. Retrieved 22 March 2023.
  8. ^ "Il Gruppo Sorgente sale al 97 per cento del Foglio, esce la Sator". Archived from the original on 23 September 2016.

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