"El Mundo" is distributed only in Spain as of 2015. The website of the newspaper company has a version for Latin America, where many of its online readers are located. The website version of the newspaper can be viewed from most of the countries in the world.
The newspaper was first published on Oct. 23, 1989. It is controlled by the Italian publishing company RCS MediaGroup through its Spanish subsidiary company Unidad Editorial S.L. The headquarters are in Madrid. The company also has several departments in other cities. The daily version of the newspaper has a national edition and 10 different regional editions. The regional edition covers Andalusia, Valencia, Castile and León, the Balearic Islands, and Bilbao. While only 10 percent of the Spanish population buys daily newspapers, 38 percent of them read the daily press.
Pedro J. Ramirez, who was the editor of the newspaper, was fired in January 2014. He claimed that he was fired because he reported on corruption scandals involving the Spanish Prime Minister at the time, Mariano Rajoy.
Other scandals revealed by the paper include misappropriation by the commander of the Guardia Civil and accusations of tax fraud and insider trading by the governor of the Central Bank of Spain. The defeat of Felipe González in the 1996 elections was partially due to reports from "El Mundo," which unveiled the connection between González's Socialist administration and the terrorist Grupos Antiterroristas de Liberación, or GAL.