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Blesk Logo.svg
Type Daily newspaper
Format Tabloid
Owner(s) Czech News Center
Publisher Czech Print Center
Editor-in-chief Radek Lain
Founded 14 April 1991; 23 years ago (1991-04-14)
Language Czech language
Headquarters Prague
Circulation 347,566 (2011)
Sister newspapers Aha!

Blesk is a daily tabloid newspaper published in Prague, 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][4] and was owned by Ringier until December 2013.[5][6] Its owner is the Czech News Center (CNC)[7] and its publisher is the Czech Print Center, a subsidiary of the CNC.[8]

Its lay-out is modelled from the Swiss tabloid Blick and the German daily Bild which are also published by Ringier.[1][2] Thus, Blesk is a tabloid newspaper and is neutral in its political and religious leaning.[9]

The daily's sister paper is Aha!, another tabloid.[10] 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.[11] Šafr's tenure ended on 1 May 2013 and Radek Lain became the editor-in-chief of the paper.[12]


The circulation of Blesk was 378,000 copies in 2002, making it the best selling newspaper in the country.[13] In October 2003 the paper had a circulation of 485,334 copies and was the most read newspaper in the Czech Republic.[14] Its circulation was 458,000 copies in 2003, making it the best selling newspaper in the country.[15] In December the paper had a circulation of 500,840 copies.[16]

In 2006, Blesk 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 in the country.[17] The circulation of Blesk was 435,505 copies in 2008 and 412,238 copies in 2009.[18] It was 384,991 copies in 2010 and 347,566 copies in 2011.[18] As of 2013 the paper had the second highest circulation in the country.[19]

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, ed. (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. ^ "The press in the Czech Republic". BBC. 29 April 2004. Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  5. ^ Blesk Ringier. Retrieved 13 December 2013.
  6. ^ "Entrepreneurs Daniel Křetínský and Patrik Tkáč take over activities in the Czech Republic". Ringier. 20 December 2013. Retrieved 11 February 2015. 
  7. ^ "Media plurality overview in the Czech Republic". Czech Defamation Law. 30 August 2014. Retrieved 7 February 2015. 
  8. ^ "Titles". Czech News Center. Retrieved 11 February 2015. 
  9. ^ Vlastimil Nečas (Fall 2009). "Constitutional debate in the Czech Republic". Central European Journal of Communication 2 (2). Retrieved 31 December 2014. 
  10. ^ Eva Rybková; Vera Rihácková (20 June 2013). "Mapping Digital Media: Czech Republic". Open Society Foundation. Retrieved 13 December 2013. 
  11. ^ Pavel Šafr will lead Blesk Ringier Axel Springer. 20 April 2011. Retrieved 13 December 2013.
  12. ^ "Radek Lain appointed new editor-in-chief of Blesk". Ringier Axel Springer. Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  13. ^ "World Press Trends 2003". Paris: World Association of Newspapers. 2004. Retrieved 15 February 2015. 
  14. ^ Milan Smid. "Czech Republic". Mirovni Institut. Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
  15. ^ "World Press Trends". Paris: World Association of Newspapers. 2004. Retrieved 8 February 2015. 
  16. ^ Vladimir Kroupa; Milan Smid (13 May 2005). "Media System of the Czech Republic" (Report). Hamburg: Hans Bredow Institut. Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  17. ^ 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. 
  18. ^ a b "National newspapers total circulation". International Federation of Audit Bureaux of Circulations. Retrieved 5 December 2014. 
  19. ^ "Tabloid Blesk continues to be most popular daily". Prague Daily Monitor. 8 November 2013. Retrieved 13 December 2013. 

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