Lidové noviny

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Lidové noviny
Lidove noviny cover (15 September 2018)
TypeDaily newspaper
PublisherLidové noviny AS
EditorPetr Bušta
Political alignmentright of center,
liberal conservative,
formerly pro-ODS, now pro-ANO 2011[1]
HeadquartersKarla Engliše 519/11, Prague
Circulation43,171 (as of 2011)

Lidové noviny (People's News, or The People's Newspaper, Czech pronunciation: [ˈlɪdovɛː ˈnovɪnɪ]) is a daily newspaper published in Prague, the Czech Republic. It is the oldest Czech daily still in print, and a newspaper of record.[2][3] It is a national news daily covering political, economic, cultural and scientific affairs, mostly with a centre-right,[1][3] conservative view.[2] It often hosts commentaries and opinions of prominent personalities from the Czech Republic and from abroad.

History and profile[edit]

Lidové noviny was founded by Adolf Stránský in 1893[4] in Brno.[5] Its high prestige was due to the number of famous Czech personalities that were contributing—writers, politicians and philosophers—and its attention toward foreign politics and culture. It was also the first Czech daily publishing political cartoons. Its publication was interrupted during World War II. It changed its name to Svobodné noviny after the liberation before returning to the original name from May 9, 1948. It was closed down in 1952.[2]

In 1987 a group of political dissidents led by Jiří Ruml, Jiří Dienstbier, Ladislav Hejdánek, and Jan Petránek recommenced the publication in a monthly samizdat version.[2][6] In the autumn two "zero editions" were published and in January 1988 the first edition was issued.[7] The paper has its headquarters in Prague.[7] Since November 1989 it is being published legally and since the spring 1990 as a daily. Some years later it was merged with dissolving Lidová demokracie, from which they inherited the blue colour of the title.

In 1998 Lidové noviny became part of the German group Rheinisch-Bergische Druckerei und Verlagsgesellschaft GmbH[8] (the publisher of the daily Rheinische Post in Germany) and its Czech subsidiary Mafra a.s., that is also publisher of the second largest Czech daily Mladá fronta Dnes, the Czech edition of the freesheet Metro, the TV music channel Óčko, the radio stations Expresradio and Rádio Classic FM and the weekly music magazine Filter. In 2013, MAFRA a.s. became a subsidiary of the Agrofert group, a company owned by the Czech Prime Minister (as of 2018), Andrej Babiš.[9] The publisher of the daily is Lidové noviny AS.[10] The paper is published in Berliner format.[11]


Lidové noviny had a circulation of 270,000 copies in June 1990.[12] The circulation of the paper was 91,000 copies in 2002.[11] In October 2003, the paper had a circulation of 77,558 copies.[10] In December 2004 the paper had a circulation of 70,593 copies.[13] It was 72,000 copies for 2004 as a whole.[14]

The 2007 circulation of the paper was 70,680 copies. In 2008 it had a circulation of 70,413 copies[15] and reached up to 232,000 readers per day.[2] The circulation of Lidové noviny was 58,543 copies in 2009, 49,920 copies in 2010 and 43,171 copies in 2011.[15]

Headquarters of Lidové Noviny and Dnes in Prague


Among the contributors and editors of the "old" Lidové noviny, there were Karel Čapek, Josef Čapek, Jaromír John, Richard Weiner, Eduard Bass, Karel Poláček, Rudolf Těsnohlídek, Leoš Janáček, Jiří Mahen, Jan Drda, Václav Řezáč and the presidents Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk and Edvard Beneš.


This list includes only editors-in-chief of the new Lidové noviny.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Pre-workshop Report, Robert Schumann centre for Advanced Studies Archived 29 September 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b c d e The Czech media landscape—print media Archived 25 March 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ a b Daniela Gawrecká (November 2013). "Who Watches the Watchmen?" (Discussion Paper). Prague: Institute of Sociology. Retrieved 17 February 2015.
  4. ^ R. G. Carlton (1965). "Newspapers from East Central and Southeastern Europe" (PDF). Washington, DC: Library of Congress. Retrieved 26 December 2014.
  5. ^ "Lidové noviny". Euro Topics. Retrieved 17 February 2015.
  6. ^ "Journalist and commentator Jan Petránek dead at 86". Prague Daily Monitor. 12 November 2018. Archived from the original on 16 November 2018. Retrieved 3 December 2018.
  7. ^ a b "The press in the Czech Republic". BBC. 29 April 2004. Retrieved 17 February 2015.
  8. ^ "The Czech Republic". Press Reference. Retrieved 17 February 2015.
  9. ^ Pavla Francová (26 June 2013). "Miliardář Babiš mediálním magnátem. Koupil vydavatele MF Dnes, Lidových novin i Metra". Hospodářské noviny (in Czech). iHNED. Retrieved 27 July 2014.
  10. ^ a b Milan Smid. "Czech Republic" (PDF). Mirovni Institut. Retrieved 28 October 2014.
  11. ^ a b "World Press Trends 2003" (PDF). World Association of Newspapers. Paris. 2004. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 November 2017. Retrieved 15 February 2015.
  12. ^ Michal Klima (29 March 1995). "Lidove noviny Challenges 'Decline'". The Prague Post. Archived from the original on 17 February 2015. Retrieved 17 February 2015.
  13. ^ Vladimir Kroupa; Milan Smid (13 May 2005). "Media System of the Czech Republic" (Report). Hans Bredow Institut. Hamburg. Retrieved 17 February 2015.
  14. ^ "Media pluralism in the Member States of the European Union" (PDF). Commission of the European Communities. Brussels. 16 January 2007. Retrieved 27 March 2015.
  15. ^ a b "National newspapers total circulation". International Federation of Audit Bureaux of Circulations. Retrieved 5 December 2014.

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