El Tiempo (Colombia)

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El Tiempo
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Luis Carlos Sarmiento Angulo
Founder(s)Alfonso Villegas Restrepo
PublisherCasa Editorial El Tiempo S.A.
Editor-in-chiefRoberto Pombo Holguín
Founded30 January 1911 (1911-01-30)
Political alignmentCentrism
HeadquartersBogotá, D.C., Colombia
Circulation1,137,483 Daily readers
1,921,571 Sunday readers(2012)[1]
OCLC number28894254

El Tiempo (English: "Time" or "The Times") is a nationally distributed broadsheet daily newspaper in Colombia launched on January 30th, 1911. As of 2019, El Tiempo has the highest circulation in Colombia with an average daily weekday of 1,137,483 readers, rising to 1,921,571 readers for the Sunday edition.[1] After longtime rival El Espectador was reduced to a weekly publication following an internal financial crisis in 2001, El Tiempo enjoyed monopoly status in Colombian media as the only daily that circulated nationally, as most smaller dailies have limited distribution outside their own regions. However, El Espectador returned to the daily format on May 11, 2008.

First Edition of El Tiempo using its now traditional logo, published on May 1st, 1917. The first edition of the newspaper was published 6 years before, in 1911.

From 1913 to 2007, El Tiempo's main shareholders were members of the Santos Calderón family. Several also participated in Colombian politics: Eduardo Santos Montejo was President of Colombia from 1938 to 1942. Francisco Santos Calderón served as Vice-President (2002–2010). And Juan Manuel Santos as Defense Minister (2006–2009) during Álvaro Uribe's administration. The latter was elected president in 2010.[2]

In 2007, Spanish Grupo Planeta acquired 55% of the Casa Editorial El Tiempo media group, including the newspaper and its associated TV channel Citytv Bogotá.[3] In 2012, businessman Luis Carlos Sarmiento Angulo bought the shares of Planeta, the Santos family and other small shareholders, becoming the only owner of the newspaper.[4][5]


The newspaper was founded in 1911 by Alfonso Villegas Restrepo. In 1913 it was purchased by his brother-in-law, Eduardo Santos Montejo. From then until 2007, El Tiempo's main shareholders were members of the Santos family, as part of the media conglomerate Casa Editorial El Tiempo. In 2007, the Spanish Grupo Planeta obtained majority ownership of the daily, but in 2012 sold majority ownership to Luis Carlos Sarmiento Angulo who now owns 86% of El Tiempo.

Between 2001 and 2008, due to El Espectador being published as a weekly newspaper, it was Colombia's only national daily newspaper.


El Tiempo is published in six regional editions:

On Sundays there are special sections. For about 3 years it published every Sunday a special section with a weekly selection of articles from The New York Times, translated into Spanish and using the same pictures. This section was dropped in January 2008 and since August 2008 it has been published by rival newspaper El Espectador.

El Tiempo is part of Grupo de Diarios América (America Newspaper Group), an organization of eleven leading newspapers from eleven Latin American countries.


  1. ^ a b "Estudio revela que El Tiempo cuenta con más lectores diarios" [Studies show that El Tiempo has the highest daily readers]. El Tiempo (in Spanish). Bogotá. 2012-05-12. ISSN 0121-9987. OCLC 28894254. Retrieved 2012-06-04.
  2. ^ McDermott, Jeremy (2010-08-04). "How President Alvaro Uribe changed Colombia". BBC News. Retrieved 2017-08-04.
  3. ^ Committee to Protect Journalists. Attacks on the Press in 2007 - Colombia, February 2008
  4. ^ Sarmiento Angulo oficializa compra de El Tiempo. Semana, April 19, 2012
  5. ^ Sarmiento Angulo es dueño de la totalidad de EL TIEMPO. Portafolio, May 30, 2012