With an average of 909,000 readers, the tabloid Blesk remains to be the most-read Czech daily, suggest a survey by the Czech Publishers’ Association released on Thursday. Blesk is followed by Mladá fronta Dnes with around 556,000 readers and the left-wing Právo with 240,000 readers. The survey also found that 89 percent of the people aged between 12 and 79 read at least one daily newspaper over a two-week period.
The tabloid Blesk lost some 33,000 readers in the first half of 2018 but is
still the most widely read newspaper, with a circulation of 926,000,
according to a new survey.
The broadsheet Mladá fronta dnes had 569,000 readers during that period, a drop in circulation of 3,000 year on year. In third place was the left-leaning daily Právo, with a readership of 253,000.
Rounding out the top five spots were the specialised daily Sport (240,000) and the right-leading national paper Lidové noviny (223,000), followed by another tabloid, Aha! (195,000), and the business daily Hospodářské noviny (182,000).
An exhibition marking 200 years since the introduction of post boxes in the Czech lands is currently on display at Prague’s Postal Museum. On display are mailboxes from various periods of history as well as related objects. Among other thing, visitors can see the country’s oldest existing post box, dating back to the 1830s.
Editorial writers in a number of the Czech Republic’s leading dailies
have addressed the poor showing of some traditional parties in the general
elections. A commentator in Monday’s edition of Právo said Czech voters
had radically turned their backs on groupings that held a monopoly on power
or opposition for years. Meanwhile, Lidové noviny and Mladá fronta Dnes
said the Social Democrats and TOP 09’s efforts to paint Andrej Babiš of
election winners ANO as a bogeyman had proved a losing bet. The Social
Democrats took only 7.3 percent in the elections and TOP 09 scored 5.3
Právo also said that the aggressive new parties ANO, Freedom and Direct Democracy and the Pirates had filled the hole left by the collapse of the traditional parties. However, the daily’s commentator said, this did not mean that the trio would now rule and shove their more traditional rivals completely out of the picture.
Public trust in the media has taken a dive, Czech Radio reported citing a study conducted by researchers at Masaryk University in Brno. Presently only a third of Czechs trust newspapers and magazines and 37 percent of respondents trust television stations to deliver objective information. Trust in radio station is currently highest, at 45 percent. The trust rating dropped most radically in the 18 to 29 age bracket where the majority of respondent expressed distrust criticizing the media for tabloid reporting and bias. Thirteen years ago only 18 percent of young people said they did not trust the media.
A proposal by the Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia to cut the VAT rate on newspapers has won backing in the lower house of parliament. The move to cut the current 15 percent rate to 10 percent was passed at first reading. It now goes to the upper house, the Senate. The move was initially opposed by the government, partly on the grounds that it would cut tax earnings by around 500 million crowns a year and also due to misgivings whether sales would rise. Finance Minister Andrej Babiš, the owner of two national newspapers, did not vote on the issue.
The tabloid Blesk remains the most-read Czech daily newspaper, with over one million readers in the last quarter of 2015 and the first quarter of 2016, according to fresh data released by the publishers’ union on Thursday. The daily Mladá fronta Dnes came in second with 631,000 readers, followed by the daily Sport with 286,000 readers, which has overtaken the left-leaning daily Právo. The survey also found that 64 percent of people aged between 12 and 79 read at least one daily newspaper over a two-week period.