Mladá fronta DNES

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Mladá fronta Dnes
The front page of Mladá fronta Dnes on 16 May 2012
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)MAFRA, a.s.
EditorJaroslav Plesl
Founded1945; 78 years ago (1945)
Political alignmentRight-wing conservative,[1] neoliberal

Mladá fronta Dnes (Young Front Today), also known as MF DNES or simply Dnes (Today), is a daily newspaper in the Czech Republic.[1] Its name could be translated into English as Youth Front Today. As of 2016, it is the second largest Czech newspaper,[2] after the Czech tabloid Blesk.

History and profile[edit]

Headquarters of Mladá fronta Dnes and Lidové Noviny in Prague.

The paper was set up in 1945 under the name Mladá fronta as a daily newspaper for youth. During the era of socialism, Mladá fronta was the newspaper of the Socialist Union of Youth.

After the 1989 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.

The paper is owned by Mafra a.s., a subsidiary of the Agrofert group, a company owned by the Czech Prime Minister (from 2018), Andrej Babiš. MAFRA a.s. was previously the Czech subsidiary of the German group Rheinisch-Bergische Druckerei- und Verlagsgesellschaft GmbH[3] (the publisher of the Rheinische Post), that bought it from French press group Socpresse in 1994. MAFRA a.s. also owns the Czech daily newspaper Lidové noviny, the Czech edition of the freesheet Metro, the TV music channel Óčko.

The paper is published in Berliner format.[4] It consists of four sections, one of which contains regional content. Its orientation can be described as right-wing conservative.[1]

Circulation of Mladá fronta DNES[edit]

  • 2001: 338,000 copies[4]
  • 2002: 312,000 copies (the second best selling newspaper in the country)[5]
  • 2003: 316,206 copies (the second best selling newspaper in the country)[6]
  • 2006: 300,000 copies (the second best selling newspaper in the country)[7]
  • 2007: 287,864 copies (the third best selling newspaper in the country)[citation needed]
  • 2008: 291,711 copies[8]
  • 2009: 256,118 copies[8]
  • 2010: 239,646 copies[8]
  • 2011: 222,377 copies[8]
  • 2013: The paper had the highest circulation in the country.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c The Czech media landscape - print media Archived 2011-03-25 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Deníky: Nejčtenější je Blesk, Sport předběhl Právo". Mediaguru (in Czech).
  3. ^ "The press in the Czech Republic". BBC. 10 December 2005. Retrieved 13 December 2008.
  4. ^ a b Adam Smith (15 November 2002). "Europe's Top Papers". campaign. Retrieved 7 February 2015.
  5. ^ "World Press Trends 2003" (PDF). Paris: World Association of Newspapers. 2004. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 November 2017. Retrieved 15 February 2015.
  6. ^ Milan Smid. "Czech Republic" (PDF). Mirovni Institut. Retrieved 28 October 2014.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ a b c d "National newspapers total circulation". International Federation of Audit Bureaux of Circulations. Retrieved 5 December 2014.
  9. ^ "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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