Czech Republic profile

News stand in Czech Republic Czech readers have access to a variety of dailies

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.

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