Mladá fronta DNES
The front page of Mladá fronta Dnes on 16 May 2012
|Political alignment||right-wing conservative, neoliberal|
History and profile
The paper is owned by MAFRA a.s., a subsidiary of the Agrofert group, a company owned by the Czech Minister of Finance (as of 2014), Andrej Babiš. MAFRA a.s. was previously the Czech subsidiary of the German group Rheinisch-Bergische Druckerei- und Verlagsgesellschaft GmbH (the publisher of the Rheinische Post), that bought it from French press group Socpresse in 1994. MAFRA a.s. also owns the Czech daily Lidové noviny, the Czech edition of the freesheet Metro, the TV music channel Óčko, the radio stations Expresradio and Rádio Classic FM.
It was set up in 1945 under the name Mladá fronta as a daily newspaper for youths. During the era of socialism, Mladá fronta was the newspaper of the Socialist Union of Youth. After the Velvet Revolution, its popularity grew and nowadays it is not connected to the Socialist Youth in any way, neither in terms of organisation nor policy. Mladá fronta started out as a serious newspaper but has been slipping into a more tabloid feature, with sensationalist stories.[original research?] The paper is published in Berliner format. It consists of four sections, one of which contains regional content. Its orientation can be described as right-wing conservative.
Mladá fronta DNES had a circulation of 338,000 copies in 2001. The circulation of the paper was 312,000 copies in 2002, making it the second best selling newspaper in the country. In October 2003 the paper had a circulation of 316,206 copies and was again the second most read newspaper in the country. In 2006, the daily was again the second best selling paper with a circulation of 300,000 copies. The 2007 circulation of the paper was 287,864 copies, making it the third most read paper in the country. The circulation of Mladá fronta DNES was 291,711 copies in 2008 and 256,118 copies in 2009. It was 239,646 copies in 2010 and 222,377 copies in 2011. As of 2013, the paper had the highest circulation in the country.
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