||Tel Aviv, Israel
Founded in 1948, Maariv became almost overnight Israel's most widely circulated newspaper, seen as the authentic voice of the emerging middle class of the recently established Israel. Like its major competitor Yedioth Ahronoth, Maariv combined big headlines, pictures, colloquial language and thorough analysis.
Equipped with a "dream team" of many of the country's most famous writers, Maariv continued to be a counter power to the all-powerful Labor controlled establishment. Slow to adapt to the changing landscape of the Israeli media scene, by the 1980s it faced bankruptcy. Maariv was then bought by the colorful British businessman Robert Maxwell, who turned it into a European-style tabloid.
The paper is owned today by Nochi Dankner. It's editorial line is center-right.