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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!

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

History and profile[edit]

Blesk was first published 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]

The daily's sister paper is Aha!, another tabloid.[5] 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.[6] Šafr's tenure ended on 1 May 2013 and Radek Lain became the editor-in-chief of the paper.[7]

In October 2003 Blesk had a circulation of 485,334 copies and was the most read newspaper in the Czech Republic.[8] In 2006, the paper ranked first with the circulation of 480,000 copies.[2] The 2007 circulation of the paper was 432,170 copies, making it the most read paper.[9] The circulation of Blesk was 435,505 copies in 2008 and 412,238 copies in 2009.[10] It was 384,991 copies in 2010 and 347,566 copies in 2011.[10] As of 2013 the paper had the second highest circulation in the country.[11]

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. ^ Eva Rybková; Vera Rihácková (20 June 2013). "Mapping Digital Media: Czech Republic". Open Society Foundation. Retrieved 13 December 2013. 
  6. ^ Pavel Šafr will lead Blesk Ringier. 20 April 2011. Retrieved 13 December 2013.
  7. ^ "Eastern European media changes" (Newsletter 85). Slavic Media Online. 27 April 2013. Retrieved 13 December 2013. 
  8. ^ Milan Smid. "Czech Republic". Mirovni Institut. Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
  9. ^ Jan Jirák; Barbara Köpplová (2008). "The Reality Show Called Democratization: Transformation of the Czech media After 1989". Global Media Journal 1 (4). Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
  10. ^ a b "National newspapers total circulation". International Federation of Audit Bureaux of Circulations. Retrieved 5 December 2014. 
  11. ^ "Tabloid Blesk continues to be most popular daily". Prague Daily Monitor. 8 November 2013. Retrieved 13 December 2013. 

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