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15. January 2018

CNC establishes the function of head of shared content, Ondřej Tolar

Ondřej Tolar, former editor-in-chief of and the head of video at Aktuálně.cz joins the CZECH NEWS CENTRE media house. There, he will manage content sharing between different sites including,,, or


The newly created position of the Shared Content Manager is intended to strengthen communication and information sharing among editors so that each site can make the most of the media potential of the entire media house.

"In 2017 our sites grew radically. At the same time, we feel we have other ways to develop. One of them, for example, is even better utilisation of the content produced by each newsroom. That is precisely why we want to focus on this area. I am convinced that Ondřej Tolar and his extraordinary experience will help us in this" adds Online Director Matěj Hušek.

Ondřej Tolar worked for the past two and a half years in the Economia publishing house where he first developed digital magazines and then was in charge of video production and news programs on Aktuálně.cz including DVTV.
In the last year, he also participated in the day-to-day operation of the reporting newsroom and the sharing of content among the main titles - Hospodářské noviny, Aktuálně.cz and

Previously, he worked for the MAFRA Media Group for 15 years where he started as editor of MF DNES and then worked as a reporter at Later, he was the head of the News Editorial staff, then seven years of Deputy Editor-in-Chief, and last year led the entire editorial office.

31. December 2017

A record year for and the whole Czech News Centre

In 2017, users viewed 3 billion pages. It's about 40% more than in 2016. ranks as the fastest growing website on the Czech market. The most successful topics included articles from celebrity life, astrology and sport themes.


A turning point was in terms of visitors for both Blesk and for its sections in 2017. In the total number of pages watched for 2017, defeated its rival Sport / and webpage Blesk for women / has been humbled for the second consecutive year by the women's section Ona at

Moreover, in August 2017, the operator of Blesk, the Czech News Centre recorded a historical success when the traffic ranking leaped over Mafra (the operator of the iDnes portal) and thus became the number two of the Czech internet. The traffic on mobile devices took the first position. 

Visitors to websites associated with the Czech News Centre grew year-on-year by 60% (from 4.2 in 2016 to 6.8 billion pages viewed in 2017).

28. December 2017

Fight for the Castle: Blesk broadcasts live six debates, the crucial one right after the New Year

Blesk and Blesk News offer readers and viewers a series of debates and duels with candidates for the President of the Czech Republic in the crucial first week of January. Blesk broadcasts the biggest debate with the participation of eight candidates except Milos Zeman on January 2nd at 2pm live in the new studio. The 90 minute foorage will be moderated by Klára Brunclíková and David Vaníček.


They will follow the duels of the three relevant candidates who have the chance to influence public opinion polls not only in the first round of elections. Michal HoráčekMirek Topolánek and Pavel FischerJiří Drahoš didn't respond to the duel invitations and eventually rejected them after repeated reminders.  

4th January so Bleskwill provide a duel between Pavel Fischer and Michal Horáček, moderated by Zuzana Štíchová, , 9th Januaryagainst each other Michal Horáček a Mirek Topolánekmoderated by Klára Brunclíková, and 10th January Mirek Topolánek against Pavel Fischer, their vocabulary will be moderated by Vera Renovica. " All duels will also be complemented by an audience composed of political figures or experts. We have offered the participation to all parliamentary parties. And viewers can also get involved through questions that can be posted on Facebook directly under live broadcasts. We are broadcasting the show in the evening at 8pm and we have an hour's footage", says project director David Vaníček.

The pre-election marathon of live broadcasts will end a debate with representatives of parliamentary parties on the topic "What we are waiting for from the head of state". Blesk is broadcasting on the 12th January from noon just before the opening of the polling stations. 

During the election Saturday, Blesk will offer an election studio with input from the electoral crews. 

All programs in the presidential election will be broadcast from the new studio at the headquarters of the CZECH NEWS CENTRE. The stage is dominated by the largest real photos of Hradčany in the Czech Republic. It's 18 metres long and four metres high. 

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