Again in 2013 Daniel Kretínský, owner among other things of Sparta, and Patrik Tkác, number one of the J & T Group accomplished another big operation buying Ringier Axel Springer CZ, the Czech of the Swiss-German editorial group. So they secured the ownership of newspaper “Blesk” (tabloid the most widely read) and the weekly “Reflex”.
The investor Daniel Kretínský (CD Sparta, tabloid Blesk, weekly Reflex…) in a image of 2014
It seems clear enough that the focus is now centred on private and commercial television with TV Nova and Prima, on first place. Together, the two broadcasting stations control 90% of TV advertising market. Nova ins owner by American Time Warner and Prima is fifty fifty shared by Swedish Mgt and Czech company Ges.
At the end, the list of suitors who wish to acquire the most popular private TV is very long and it is a perfect example of how Czech media is a market that worth billions despite the present crisis because of its generated under estimation Kc60bn a year.
The new owners, whose is aim is improving their influential power that media provide, are increasingly such a kind of takeovers not specialists in publishing. Ignoring the fact of a growing local oligarchy, the very questioned Reporters Without Borders placed the country in 16th position out of the 179 countries in the list freedom of the press, ranking published in 2013.
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(Adapted from a report of the magazine RC Repubblica Ceca, July – August 2014)