Czech Republic profile
Private radio and TV stations provide stiff competition for their public rivals.
Public broadcaster Ceska Televize (CT) operates two TV networks and a 24-hour news channel. Public radio, Cesky Rozhlas (CRo), operates three national networks and local services.
Leading private TV channels Nova and Prima are foreign-owned and broadcast nationally. There are scores of privately-owned radio stations, including market leaders Impuls and Frekvence 1. BBC World Service is available on FM in many cities and towns.
Press freedom is protected by a charter of basic rights.
Around 7.4 million Czechs were online by June 2012 (Internetworldstats.com). Around 30% of Czechs were using social media by 2013, with Facebook being the leading platform. Lide.cz is a domestic social media site. YouTube is a popular entertainment source for younger Czechs.
- Lidove Noviny - Prague-based national daily, former dissident publication
- Mlada Fronta Dnes - Prague-based national daily
- Pravo - Prague-based national daily
- Blesk - Prague-based tabloid daily
- The Prague Post - English-language
- Czech TV - public, operates mainstream CT1 and cultural channel CT2
- CT 24 - public, news
- TV Nova - private
- Prima - private
- Czech Radio - public; runs national/regional networks and external service Radio Prague
- Frekvence 1 - private, national
- Radio Impuls - private, national
- Evropa 2 - private, national