Front page of the 3 February 2012 issue
|Owner(s)||Styria Media Group|
|Publisher||Večernji list d.d.|
|Circulation||60,579 (October 2014)|
History and profile
Večernji list was started in Zagreb in 1959. Its ancestor Večernji vjesnik ("Evening Courier") appeared for the first time on 3 June 1957 in Zagreb on 24 pages but quickly merged with Narodni list (meaning "People's Paper" in English) to form what is today known as Večernji list.
Večernji list remained true to this[clarification needed] reputation after the 1990 election. Even so, Franjo Tuđman and his ruling Croatian Democratic Union expressed great interest in taking even more[clarification needed] direct control over the newspaper through privatisation. Ivić Pašalić, one of Tudjman's most trusted advisors took part in that process. However, although the process wasn't particularly transparent, no actual criminal wrongdoings were discovered in subsequent inquiries, despite a concerted campaign of Nacional weekly to prove otherwise.
More damaging for Večernji list was the start of Jutarnji list, a rival daily newspaper, in April 1998. Večernji list lost the top position in the Croatian media market.
In early 2000s, the newspaper, officially owned by a Virgin Islands financial group, was sold to Styria Medien AG, an Austria-based media group. Under new management, the newspaper began to win back its readership, especially when it took a more critical approach towards the government. This approach intensified when Ivo Sanader became the country's prime minister. That, combined with the appointment of Miljenko Manjkas, an old Tuđman cadre, for editor-in-chief, and especially some non-objective anticommunist texts, led many to speculate that Ivić Pašalić, Sanader's archrival, might indeed be behind the newspaper. According to an article in Jutarnji list, Sanader recently threatened Styria AG's management with an investigation of privatisation and subsequent sales unless the newspaper's editorial policy was changed.
Večernji list is considered a conservative newspaper. The circulation of the paper was 60,579 copies in October 2014.
Večernji list formerly had multiple regional and two foreign editions:
- Slavonia and Baranja
- Podravina and Bilogora
- Varaždin and Međimurje
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- International edition
In 2012, all of the Croatian regional editions were merged, so four editions remain: Zagreb, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and World.
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