After 18 years, Cotidianul takes leave of its readers. "This is our final edition," writes editor in chief Cornel Nistorescu in his 23 December editorial. The first daily to emerge in the aftermath of the December 1989 revolution, and one of's best loved Romanian sources, Cotidianulwas founded by politician and former BBC journalist Ion Ratiu. Its current owner, a press group belonging to controversial business tycoon Sorin Vântu took the decision to close the heavily indebted newspaper on 6 December of this year.