Il Tempo moves to Berliner format with new Goss Universal press
  • Investment has led to reduced production costs and waste
  • New press part of editorial revamp

January 28th, 2008 – Italian publisher Società Editrice IL TEMPO has installed a new Goss Universal press at its printing facility in Rome, changing the format of its flagship title Il Tempo from broadsheet to a full-color Berliner product. The investment came as part of a wide-ranging editorial review of the national daily, which has resulted in a measured increase in reader and advertiser interest as well as reduced production costs for the company.

The single-width, double-circumference Goss Universal press was specified with a 620 mm cut-off and is configured as four four-high towers. The press prints up to 32 full-color pages in straight mode or 64 pages collect at up to 75,000 copies per hour. Since commencing production in September 2007, start-up waste has been reduced significantly, according to the publisher.

Dr. Carlo Angeletti, managing director at Società Editrice IL TEMPO, comments, “We chose Goss International as our press supplier because Goss technology is proven in terms of reliability and production versatility. The decision followed a far-reaching investigation of equipment, capabilities and financial benefits for the company – the quality/price ratio of the new press is excellent, so our decision was made.”

According to Angeletti, the speed with which news is published on the internet and television has affected the way consumers prefer to receive the news, contributing to the trend towards smaller-format newspapers. “Users prefer a brief, high-impact style and, most importantly, they want added value from the commentary. Il Tempo’s editorial style was revamped in response to these market forces, and it was important that the physical product should also reflect the changes. So, we decided to move to the more user-friendly Berliner format,” Angeletti explains.

The new Goss Universal press is used exclusively to print Il Tempo newspaper. With paginations ranging from 56 to 64 pages, daily production at Società Editrice IL TEMPO consists of the full national edition as well as localized editions for the regions of northern Lazio, Abruzzi and Molise, and the towns of Latina and Frosinone, in most cases with an additional 16-page section included.

Based in the heart of Rome, Il Tempo was founded in 1944 by Senator Angiolillo and employs 80 people, with around 400 freelance journalists supporting the main editorial office.

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