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Blesk Logo.svg
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Czech News Center
PublisherCzech Print Center
Editor-in-chiefRadek Lain
Founded14 April 1991; 27 years ago (1991-04-14)
LanguageCzech language
Circulation305,600 (2012)
Sister newspapersAha!

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, also published by Ringier, and the German daily Bild which is published by Axel Springer SE.[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 2004 the paper had a circulation of 500,840 copies.[16] It was 514,000 copies for 2004 as a whole.[17]

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. 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] In 2012 its circulation was 305,600 copies.[19] In 2013 the paper had the second highest circulation in the country.[20]

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 Archived 13 December 2013 at the Wayback Machine. 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" (PDF). Central European Journal of Communication. 2 (2). Retrieved 31 December 2014.
  10. ^ Eva Rybková; Vera Rihácková (20 June 2013). "Mapping Digital Media: Czech Republic" (PDF). 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" (PDF). World Association of Newspapers. Paris. 2003. Retrieved 15 February 2015.
  14. ^ Milan Smid. "Czech Republic" (PDF). Mirovni Institut. Retrieved 28 October 2014.
  15. ^ "World Press Trends" (PDF). World Association of Newspapers. Paris. 2004. Retrieved 8 February 2015.
  16. ^ Vladimir Kroupa; Milan Smid (13 May 2005). "Media System of the Czech Republic" (Report). Hans Bredow Institut. Hamburg. Retrieved 17 February 2015.
  17. ^ "Media pluralism in the Member States of the European Union" (PDF). Commission of the European Communities. Brussels. 16 January 2007. Retrieved 27 March 2015.
  18. ^ a b "National newspapers total circulation". International Federation of Audit Bureaux of Circulations. Retrieved 5 December 2014.
  19. ^ "Annual Report 2012" (PDF). Axel Springer AG. Retrieved 30 March 2015.
  20. ^ "Tabloid Blesk continues to be most popular daily". Prague Daily Monitor. 8 November 2013. Archived from the original on 13 December 2013. Retrieved 13 December 2013.

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