24 Chasa

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TypeDaily newspaper
EditorVenelina Gocheva
Founded1 April 1991; 28 years ago (1991-04-01)

24 Chasa (Bulgarian: 24 часа, translated as 24 Hours) is one of the most influential newspapers in Bulgaria. Its headquarters are located in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria.

History and profile[edit]

The newspaper, part of the 168 Chasa (meaning 168 Hours in English) Press Group founded by Petyo Blaskov, was launched in April 1991,[1][2] a few months after the success of the 168 Hours weekly newspaper.[3] Blaskov is also the founder of 24 Chasa which is headquartered in Sofia.[2]

The tabloid format and the colloquial, somewhat derisive, writing style of 24 Chasa quickly gained wide popularity.[3] Along with briefly presented news, the daily offers much entertaining reading and some quite insightful analyses. By offering high salaries and relative freedom from party biases, the 168 Hours Press Group attracted some of the most talented Bulgarian journalists. It also recruited many young beginning journalists who were trained on the job to become stop-at-nothing news hunters (often at the expense of precision). Intellectuals and politicians are tempted to contribute to the press group's publications because of the high circulation guaranteed for their ideas.

One of the most popular features in the newspaper is the daily cartoon Ivancho i Mariyka, drawn by the well-known Bulgarian cartoonist Ivaylo Ninov. The newspaper also introduced the comic strip format to the Bulgarian readers by publishing Vlad Kolarov's Phil the Cat.

The newspaper was a part of the German WAZ media group until 2010.[4]

Its current editor-in-chief is Venelina Gocheva.

The 1994 circulation of the paper was 320,000 copies.[3]


  1. ^ 24 Chasa Presseurop. Retrieved 3 December 2013
  2. ^ a b "24 Chasa". VoxEurop. Retrieved 12 March 2015.
  3. ^ a b c Maria Bakardjieva (1995). "The New Media Landscape in Bulgaria". Canadian Journal of Communication. 20 (1). Retrieved 27 October 2014.
  4. ^ Vassil Vassilev (June 1997). "A Bulgarian newspaper group working with Müller Martini equipment" (PDF). WAN IFRA. Retrieved 12 March 2015.

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