Alto Adige (newspaper)

from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Alto Adige
description Italian-language daily newspaper
language Italian
publishing company Athesia ( Italy )
First edition 1945
Sold edition 43,000 copies
(Accertamenti Diffusione Stampa, July 2010)
Widespread edition 34,000 copies
(Accertamenti Diffusione Stampa, July 2010)
Editor-in-chief Alberto Faustini
Web link
ZDB 820617-x

The Alto Adige ( Italian for South Tyrol ) is the most widely read Italian-language daily newspaper in South Tyrol . In neighboring Trentino a header appears under the name Trentino .


The Alto Adige is published by the Bolzano- based printing cooperative SETA - Società editrice tipografica atesina , the majority of which is owned by Athesia .

The Alto Adige has also appeared in neighboring Trentino since 1946, and from 1994 to 2011 it was also sold in the province of Belluno . By 2000, all three local editions for South Tyrol , Trentino and the Province of Belluno were sold under the name Alto Adige - Corriere delle Alpi . Since then, the edition prepared by the editorial staff in Trento has been published under the name Trentino , while the edition prepared by the editorial staff in Belluno has been published under the name Corriere delle Alpi . The two editions still published today contain the same national and international coverage and only differ in the local parts.


The Alto Adige was founded in 1945 by the Comitato di Liberazione Nazionale in Bolzano and appeared for the first time on May 24 of the same year. One of the co-founders was the long-time director and managing director of the newspaper Rolando Boesso . In the early years, the first elected post-war mayor of Bolzano, Lino Ziller, was responsible for the political line of the Alto Adige .

In December 1945 the printing cooperative SETA - Società editrice tipografica atesina, was founded and has been publishing Alto Adige ever since. From 1946 the newspaper was also distributed in Trentino.

Since the 1950s, the Alto Adige received grants from the Ministry of the Interior from a fund for the defense of Italianity in the border areas . During this time, the newspaper also succeeded in pushing back the then only Italian-speaking competitor in the South Tyrolean newspaper market, l'Adige , which appeared in Trento .

Politically, the Alto Adige has positioned itself as a defender of the Italianity of South Tyrol since its foundation and, for example, started an ethno-politically charged "smear campaign" in Brixen in 1954 . Since the end of the 1950s, he took a much stricter course and took a clear polemic against all efforts to achieve autonomy for South Tyrol . From 1958 a daily German-language page appeared, which was discontinued in 1999. In the 1970s, the newspaper began to represent politically more moderate positions to the outside world, also encouraged by a generation change within the editorial team, and sympathized with opposition parties and movements. After several changes of ownership by SETA, Alto Adige returned to a more nationalistic line in 1977.

In the 1980s, the Gruppo Editoriale L'Espresso took over SETA as the majority owner. From 1994 the Alto Adige also appeared in the province of Belluno , most recently under the name Corriere delle Alpi . In September 2011 this branch was sold again, however, the newspaper for the province of Belluno has since been published under the same name by the Gruppo Editoriale L'Espresso.

In 2016, the Gruppo Editoriale L'Espresso sold its 71% share in SETA to the Athesia Group.


  • Helmut K. Ramminger: Dolomites and Alto Adige: a comparison of the design and content of the two daily newspapers of the German and Italian-speaking ethnic groups in South Tyrol from 1945–1972. Inn-Verlag, Innsbruck 1983, ISBN 3-85123-079-5
  • Rainer Nick, Jacob Wolf: Regional media landscapes - Tyrol, South Tyrol and Vorarlberg. Studia, Innsbruck 1996, ISBN 3901502130
  • Franco de Battaglia, Paolo Valente : Trentino-Alto Adige - La nostra storia. Nomi, fatti e volti di un territorio e del suo giornale. 2 volumes, SETA, Bozen 2005
  • Eva Klein, Renate Mumelter, Günther Pallaver : Contro Corrente. The German newspaper in the Alto Adige . Edition Raetia, Bozen 2009, ISBN 978-88-7283-363-6

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. a b Information from Accertamenti Diffusione Stampa , accessed on April 23, 2011 (xls file, 64 kB)
  2. Hans Heiss , Gustav Pfeiffer (Ed.): Südtirol. Hour zero? End of war 1945–1946 . Publications of the South Tyrolean Provincial Archives, Innsbruck-Vienna-Munich 2000, ISBN 978-3706514415 , p. 270
  3. a b Siglinde Clementi: Connection to the world . The way to the media society. In: Gottfried Solderer (Ed.): The 20th Century in South Tyrol . Autonomy and departure. Volume IV: 1960-1979. Edition Raetia, Bozen 2002, ISBN 88-7283-183-0 , p. 97-99 .
  4. So Joachim Goller: The Reach for Brixen. In: Hannes Obermair u. a. (Ed.): Regional civil society in motion. Festschrift for Hans Heiss. Vienna-Bozen: Folio Verlag 2012. ISBN 978-3-85256-618-4 . Pp. 138–156, reference p. 138.
  5. ^ Christoph Franceschini : Antifascist Brotherhood. , October 12, 2016, accessed October 12, 2016 .