The British on the Costa del Sol
The first attempt at a serious, in-depth study of why so many Britons choose Spain to live, and what makes them tick.
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The English-language media in Spain
The number of non-Spaniards who have settled in Spain's holiday areas has grown steadily since the 1970s, and today there are sizeable communities of English-speakers, mainly British, on the Costa del Sol (Málaga province), Costa Blanca (Alicante province), Balearics and Canary Islands. English-language publications were launched to cater to these foreign residents, aside from other publications targeted more specifically at tourists.
The first to appear was Guidepost, a weekly launched in 1958 and aimed at the American community in Madrid. Dictatorships have ended, governments have been voted in and out, English-language publications of come and gone... and through it all Guidepost carried on, impervious to change.
The first serious attempt at a journalistically-correct newspaper was the Iberian Daily Sun, started in 1969 by a group of foreign correspondents in Madrid. Shortly afterwards it was sold to a Spanish publisher in Mallorca, and re-focused towards the tourist market, but eventually the title was dropped although the same publisher continues to bring out Spain's oldest English-language daily, the Majorca Daily Bulletin (est. 1962).
Of the early English-language publications, the most respected was the monthly magazine, Lookout, published out of Málaga. Lookout started out as a gossip sheet in Torremolinos, in the days when the Costa del Sol town was a trendy hangout for thrill-seekers and artsy types. When British journalist Ken Brown, who had been appointed as editor, became its publisher in 1972 he gathered a team of professional journalists and photographers, cajoling contributions with a mix of friendly persuasion and work lunches of legendary length. Under Brown, Lookout gained a reputation for its stylish writing, classy photography and authoritative information. (Since 1995 Lookout has been published by Keltike, a Danish-Spanish company based on the Costa del Sol; it is now a lightweight freebie published quarterly and distributed on the Costa del Sol alone, with text in English and Spanish.)
The most successful formula in English-language publishing has been the weekly or fortnightly newspaper. The first was the Costa Blanca News, established in 1971 in Benidorm, on the Costa Blanca, and still thriving. Other titles that have appeared more recently in areas with large English-speaking populations are usually distributed free, relying on local advertising and classifieds for their revenue.
Below is a selection of English language newspapers and magazines in Spain, listed by seniority. See also a review of online editions of Spain's English-language media.
Guidepost (est. 1958; weekly)
Spain's original weekly in English, aimed principally at the small American community in Madrid.
Publisher: Daniel Lowell
Majorca Daily Bulletin (est. 1962; daily)
Spain's oldest English-language newspaper, aimed at the large expat community on the island of Mallorca. Published by the Ultima Hora group.
Editor: Jason Moore
Costa Blanca News (est. 1971; weekly)
The Costa Blanca's oldest English-language publication. Weekly newspaper with Spanish and local news stories, community news, local sports and large classified section. The same group acquired the Costa Blanca-based Weekly Post and in 1997 started a Málaga edition, The Costa del Sol News.
Editor: Peter Baker
In a free inland publication in English covering news information and articles.
Covering from Valencia to Alicante
Island Connections (est. 1983; fortnightly)
Originally titled Here & Now, this fortnightly community newspaper is the oldest of a number of papers serving the Canary Islands.
"Island Connections serves the thousands of English-speaking residents, holiday homeowners and visitors in the Canaries. It is the islands' major English newspaper and we pride ourselves on our coverage of local news. We also feature a financial and legal supplement."
Editor: Karen Blanchard
The Broadsheet (est. 1983; monthly)
The Madrid-based English-language magazine started out as a modest adverstizing freebie but, under new publishers in 1997, it metamorphosed into a bright monthly magazine with features on art, music, people, plus listings. In 1999 it expanded its coverage to include all of Spain.
Editor: Mary de Sousa
Features Editor: Alex Johnson
Publisher: Paul Scott
"Our aim is to inform and entertain in equal measure. We see ourselves as a bridge between Spain and English-speakers living here, and we feature interviews with Spaniards who are famous or interesting, which we hope will be enlightening to people with an enthusiasm for the country and not just for beaches and villas."
Ibiza Now (est. 1984; fortnightly)
Originally titled Ibiza Foresight, newspaper with local news and features on the island of Ibiza.
Editor: Don C Andrews
Sur in English (est. 1984; weekly)
Published by the Málaga daily newspaper in Spanish, Sur, with community news, Spanish news, columns, and large classified ad section. Spain's largest English-language publication with an audited free distribution of more than 40,000 copies.
Editor: Liz Parry
"Sur in English is aimed mainly at English-speaking residents in southern Spain and features local information and news, general features and 30 plus pages of classified ads which are used by both the foreign and Spanish communities."
Lancelot (est. 1984; quarterly)
Magazine for English-speaking residents and tourists on the Canary island of Lanzarote.
Editors: Larry and Liz Yaskiel
Balearic Homes & Living (est. 1985; bi-monthly)
Glossy publication dealing with property and home decoration on the Balearic islands.
Weekly Post (est. 1991; weekly)
Newspaper serving the Costa Blanca English-speaking community. Now owned by the Costa Blanca News.
Baleares Magazine (est. 1992; bi-monthly)
Glossy lifestyle magazine for the Balearic islands, with English and German editions, with general features, home decor, property, sport (especially golf), leisure.
Product coordinator: Clare Jury
The Island Sun (est. 1993; fortnightly)
Distributed throughout the Canary islands, and aimed at both tourists and residents. Aside from travel guide, TV guide and free classified advert section, carries special "Pink Pages" for the Gay community.
Editor: Ellen Arnison
Publisher: Jan Cooney
The Paper (est. 1993; fortnightly)
Newspaper serving the English-speaking community and holiday makers on the Canary Island of Tenerife, with local news and listings.
Editor & Publisher: Sandie Laming-Powell
"Our aim is to provide up-to-date news affecting Canary Island residents and holidaymakers, as well as features covering Tenerife life, plus comprehensive coverage of the entertainment scene on the island."
Tenerife News (est. 1994; fortnightly)
Community newspaper serving the Canary Island of Tenerife, mainly devoted to news around the island, investment news as it affects expatriates, and pages on health, fashion, sport, community and forthcoming events.
Barcelona Metropolitan (est. 1995; monthly)
Culture, art, music, listings for Barcelona, and information for residents and visitors.
"Our aim is to help resident foreigners in Barcelona come to grips with life in the city, through practical information and articles on local culture and traditions."
Editor: Richard Schweid
Publisher: Esther Jones
Absolute Marbella (est. 1995; monthly)
Glossy, glitzy monthly magazine on the lifestyle of Marbella (Málaga), with full-color features on fashion, food and wine, shopping and celebrity interviews.
Editor: Mara Lane
The Costa del Sol News (est. 1996; weekly)
Costa del Sol (Málaga) edition of the Costa Blanca News, with which it shares features section, with added pages on local news stories, events, community news.
Essential Magazine (est. 1999; monthly)
Aimed principally at residents of Marbella and environs, with full colour features on lifestyle, travel, fashion.
Editor: Fay Marchant
Publisher: Iain Blackwell
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Correspondents in Spain for the major English-language media
Daily Mirror - Tim Brown
The Express - Edward Owen
The Independent - Elizabeth Nash
The Sunday Times (London) - Edward Owen
The Times (London) - Giles Tremlett
The Wall Street Journal - Carlta Vitzthum
Newsweek - John Parry
Time Magazine - Jane Walker
TV & RADIO
ABC TV - Martha Williams
CNN - Al Goodman
CBS Radio - John Byrne
BBC - Flora Botsford
Círculo de Corresponsales Extranjeros en España
Association of Foreign Press Correspondents in Spain
The Círculo de Corresponsales Extranjeros en España is the official association of accredited foreign correspondents in Spain, with more than 80 members.
President: Adela Gooch
Secretary: Jaime Jiménez
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28003 Madrid, Spain
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