|Owner||Luis Carlos Sarmiento Angulo|
|Founder||Alfonso Villegas Restrepo|
|Publisher||Casa Editorial El Tiempo S.A.|
|Editor-in-chief||Roberto Pombo Holguín|
|Founded||30 January 1911|
1,921,571 Sunday (2012)
El Tiempo (English: The Time) is a nationally distributed, non-tabloid daily newspaper in Colombia. As of 2012[update], it had the highest circulation in Colombia with an average daily weekday circulation of 1,137,483, rising to 1,921,571 for the Sunday edition. 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, because most smaller dailies have limited distribution outside their own regions. On 11 May 2008 El Espectador returned to the daily format.
From 1913 to 2007 El Tiempo's main shareholders were members of the Santos 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.
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.
El Tiempo is published in six regional editions:
- Caribe (Barranquilla, Cartagena, Santa Marta, Sincelejo, Riohacha and Valledupar)
- Café (Pereira, Manizales, Armenia)
- Cali (Cali, Popayán, Pasto)
- Region, for the remainder of the country.
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.
- "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.
- Committee to Protect Journalists. Attacks on the Press in 2007 - Colombia, February 2008
- (Spanish) Casa Editorial El Tiempo web page