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Blesk Logo.svg
Type Daily newspaper
Format Tabloid
Owner(s) Ringier
Editor-in-chief Radek Lain
Founded 14 April 1991; 23 years ago (1991-04-14)
Language Czech language
Headquarters Prague
Sister newspapers Aha!
Official website

Blesk is a daily tabloid newspaper in the Czech Republic. Its name translates as flash.[1][2]

History and profile[edit]

Blesk was established on 14 April 1991.[1] In 1992 it launched a weekly edition published on Sundays and its magazine, which is a comprehensive TV guide, was started in 1993.[1][3] The paper is headquartered in Prague[1] and owned by Ringier.[4] Its lay-out is modelled from the Swiss tabloid Blick and the German daily Bild which are also published by Ringier.[1][2]

Vladimír Mužík is among the former editor-in-chiefs of the daily who served until April 2011 when Pavel Šafr was appointed editor-in-chief of the paper.[5] Šafr's tenure ended on 1 May 2013 and Radek Lain became the editor-in-chief of the paper.[6]

In 2006, Blesk ranked first with the circulation of 480,000 copies.[2] As of 2013 the paper had the second highest circulation in the country.[7] The daily's sister paper is Aha!, another tabloid.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e Geert Hoeijmakers (1996). "The monopoly of the Czech tabloid BLESK". Newsletter. Retrieved 13 December 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Georgios Terzis (2007). European Media Governance: National and Regional Dimensions. Intellect Books. p. 340. ISBN 978-1-84150-192-5. Retrieved 13 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "Blesk Magazin TV". Publicitas. Retrieved 13 December 2013. 
  4. ^ Blesk Ringier. Retrieved 13 December 2013.
  5. ^ Pavel Šafr will lead Blesk Ringier. 20 April 2011. Retrieved 13 December 2013.
  6. ^ "Eastern European media changes" (Newsletter 85). Slavic Media Online. 27 April 2013. Retrieved 13 December 2013. 
  7. ^ "Tabloid Blesk continues to be most popular daily". Prague Daily Monitor. 8 November 2013. Retrieved 13 December 2013. 
  8. ^ Eva Rybková; Vera Rihácková (20 June 2013). "Mapping Digital Media: Czech Republic". Open Society Foundation. Retrieved 13 December 2013. 

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