Introduction to Croatian News Media
Media in Croatia is operated by both state-owned as well as private corporations that depend on advertising and subscription for revenue. The media personals and organisations have been granted freedom of speech by the Constitution of Croatia. According to the Reporters Without Borders, Croatia was ranked 63rd in the 2016 Press Freedom Index. In 2015, the country had ranked 70.
The national broadcasting media was dominated by the government-funded corporation Croatian Radio Television (HRT) until the late 1990s. However, the government reorganised HRT as a separate company Transmitters and Communications Ltd (OiV) that helped private players enter the business of broadcasting.
In 2000, the first privately owned channel, Nova TV, was launched after getting license from OiV. In 2014, another private channel RTL joined the Croatian broadcasting market. Both Nova TV and RTL are owned by the foreign based companies.
Croatian Newspapers History
Publishing companies like Croatian Europapress Holding and Austrian Styria Media Group dominate the print media in Croatia. Jutarnji list, 24sata and Večernji list are among the most prominent newspapers owned by the two groups mentioned above. Novi list is another popular privately owned daily newspaper in Croatia.
The government of Croatia owns a national daily called Vjesnik. However, there are many weekly publications owned by some of the government-sponsored cultural institutions. Among privately owned weekly publications, current affairs magazine Globus is the most popular in the region.
Školska knjiga, VBZ, Profil, Algoritam and Mozaik are among the most prominent publishing houses in Croatia.
The Internet media is evolving much quickly in Croatia. Approximately 63 percent of Croatian population had access to the internet in 2012. According to Internet World Stats, around 3.8 million Croatians had access to the internet by 2017. Index.hr and Net.hr are the most visited news portals of Croatia.
Croatian newspapers and websites’ list
Croatia has a vast network of newspapers and websites and here below we present you a list of them. With this list of prominent Croatian newspapers and other publications, we have tried to explain the origin, operations, status and relevance of these Croatian media houses in the country and its neighbouring nations.
Index.hr is a news website in Croatian language. Based in Zagreb, the capital and the largest city of Croatia, Index.hr was launched in December 2002. What started as a news aggregation portal ended up being a popular website.
Established by Matija Babic, it became a household name by exposing several scandals. In 2003, Index.hr stirred a controversy by exposing a recording of popular singer Marko Perkovic, in which he performed a song hailing the fascist Ustaše regime.
In 2004, the online newspaper grabbed the attention of the readers with its report on pop singer Severina Vuckovic’s sex tape scandal.
From politics, sports, business to feature articles and science, this online newspaper covers almost everything. It has sections such as World, Science, Money and many more. Index.hr is one of the leading websites not only in Croatia but also in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Social Media Presence
Index.hr is available on social media platforms. One can follow it on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and subscribe to its YouTube channel to receive all the latest news and updates. On its Facebook page, it claims to the “most widely read Croatian independent media”.
Index.hr boasts of being the winner of “Miko Tripalo” award and “Superbrands” award.
Jutarnji list (The Morning Paper)
Jutarnji list is a Croatian newspaper, title of which translates to The Morning Paper. It is being published since April 6, 1998, in Zagreb. Europapress holding, a subsidiary of Ninoslav Pavić, owns the national daily newspaper.
The publisher of Jutarnji list changed its name to Hanza Media when Marijan Hanžeković acquired its operations. Jutarnji list has a website as well, which is the second most visited online portal in Croatia after Index.hr, claims Similar Web.
Index.hr had once quoted Hanžeković as saying: “Jutarnji list should be conceptually newspaper of liberal and social-democratic orientation, with emphasis on accuracy and relevance.” The left-leaning liberal approach of the newspaper is clearly visible in its content.
A Zagreb-based newspaper used to circulate under the same title prior to the World War II.
Nedjeljni Jutarnji is a supplementary Sunday edition that comes as a comprehensive copy of Jutarnji list. It has been printing since 2003. On 19 February 2005, the newspaper published an exhaustive biography of Croatian war veteran Ante Gotovina.
According to Index.hr, Jutarnji list recorded sales of more than 214 million in copies in the first five years. In 2013, the circulation of the newspaper came down to 52,763 from 80,000 in 2007 due to the nationwide economic crisis. However, the circulation of Jutarnji list rose to 66,000 copies in 2014.
Sportske novosti is a sports news website owned and managed by the publisher of Jutarnji list. HNL, Football, Tennis, Fight site and Sports mix are among the news sections of the website. Siniša Sušec is the Editor of Sportske novosti, which boasts of a team of sports journalists comprising Tihomir Hrga, Igor Krištafor, Mihovil Mekić, Vjekoslav Paun and Patrik Mršnik.
24sata is a Croatian media company. It first appeared as a daily newspaper on March 2, 2005. It was published in tabloid format. Initially, the target audience of 24sata was mainly younger population in Croatia, however, gradually its unique content made it popular among rest of the age groups as well.
24sata has its headquarters in Oreškoviceva, Zagreb, the capital city of Croatia. It is owned by Styria Media Group.
24sata boasts of bagging highest number of awards in the region. XMA cross media awards and Daily newspaper award are some of them. Within one year of its launch, 24sata went on to become the most widely read daily newspaper in Croatia.
By 2007, it became the top-selling newspaper and continued to lead for 14 consecutive years.
Besides print edition, 24sata also has an online version as well. For the convenience of its readers, the stories on the website are segregated into different sections such as News, Sport, Sci/Tech and Show among others.
One can also download the mobile app of 24sata to receive the news alerts and breaking news instantly. It is available on both iOS and Android devices.
At present, in December 2020, while Goran Gavranovic is the editor-in-chief, Alen Galovic and Ivan Buca are deputy editors-in-chief.
Dnevnik is a Croatian news portal. It was launched on July 10, 2006. The website covers political news, sports, showbiz among others. For the ease of users, Dnevnik has segregated the stories into different categories such as News, Lifestyle, Travel, Tech, Science, Sport and many more. At present, in November 2020, Darija Livaic is the editor-in-chief of Dnevnik.
Dnvenik is also available on social media platforms. One can follow its Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages to receive latest news and updates from across Croatia.
Vecernji list is a daily newspaper published in Croatian language. Based in Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, its first issue appeared in 1959. It was initially known as Vecernji vjesnik, which means Evening Courier.
Vecernji vjesnik was first published in June, 1957, however, it soon went on to merge with Narodni list. This merger resulted in the formation of Vecernji list. Owned by Styria Media Group, it is published in Berliner format. Reportedly, the newspaper is considered to have conservative leaning.
Earlier, VecernjI list had several regional editions along with two foreign editions. However, in 2012, all the regional editions were merged and only four remained. Vecernji list also has a news portal to complement its print edition. The website has sections such as News, Sport, Zagreb, Showbiz, Lifestyle, Business, Tech /Sci, Cars and Culture among others.
Social Media Presence
Vecernji list is available on social media platforms. One can follow it on Facebook and Twitter to receive all the latest news and alerts. Vecernji list offers mobile apps as well. The application is available on both Android and iOS devices.
At present, in November 2020, while Dražen Klaric is the editor-in-chief of the newspaper, Dario Markas is his counterpart for the online edition.
Narod.hr is a news portal in Croatian language. Based in Croatia, the website was launched on February 11, 2014. Association “U ime Obitelji” is the publisher of Narod.hr. Dr. Željka Markić, who is the president of the association, has contributed as a reporter during the Croatian War of Independence.
“U ime Obitelji”, which in English translates to “In the name of Family” is a right-wing movement of Croatia.
“We strive to objectively inform the public about all important topics from Croatia and the world and those topics that cannot be read in other media. The Narod.hr portal is Independent, Current, Relevant, Objective, Different,” Narod.hr describes itself on the website.
At present, in November 2020, Ivana Josipovic is its editor-in-chief.
For the convenience of its readers, the website has segregated its stories into different sections such as Croatia, Economy, Culture, Sport, Health, EU and World among others.
Narod.hr is also available on social media platforms. One can follow it on Facebook, Twitter and subscribe to its YouTube channel to stay updated with news from Croatia and around the world.
N1 is the first local 24-hour news channel in the region. It claims to reach “more than 20 million people in the Balkans”. The channel has its headquarters in Belgrade, Sarajevo and Zagreb. Launched on October 30, 2014, TV N1 is also “exclusive regional partner” of CNN TV.
N1 is owned by Adria News Sarl, a part of United Media. Since March 2019, BC partners, a leading global investment company holds the majority of shares in United Group. N1 gets broadcast via cable operators in Croatia, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia.
N1 also has a news portal. For ease of reading, the website has different sections such as News, Business, Health, Culture, Lifestyle, Science, Technology and Showbiz among others.
N1 is available on social media platforms as well. One can follow it on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and subscribe to its YouTube channel.
“N1 is an informative news platform, independent and objective in reporting, and is not influenced by any political party or supports any political option,” the website states on its Facebook page.
On February 4, 2019, N1 TV received a letter threatening to kill its journalists as well as their families. The letter even threatened to blow up the office. Currently, in November 2020, Carlo Rock and Renata Lorenz are its directors.
Slobodna Dalmacija is a daily newspaper in Croatian language. It is published in Split, the second-largest city of Croatia. Slobodna Dalmacija’s first issue appeared on June 17, 1943.
The daily was published in an “abandoned stone barn on Mosor, a mountain near Split”. It was launched while Split was occupied by the Italian army.
Initially, it was considered as a Dalmatian regional newspaper. However, gradually, it became one of the popular dailies of Yugoslavia. The reason behind its widespread popularity lies in its humour section. Slobodna Dalmacija became a launchpad for several renowned humourists of Croatia including Miljenko Smoje and Ðermano Cico Senjanovic.
In 1992, the government took action against the newspaper.This resulted in “one of the most notorious scandals in recent Croatian history”. Later, in 1995, Slobodna Dalmacija faced a severe finance crunch. The daily was again acquired by the government in the late 1990s.
Finally, in 2005, Slobodna Dalmacija was privatised and sold to Europapress Holding. After Marijan Hanžekovic bought it in 2014, Slobodna Dalmacija became a right-wing newspaper.
Slobodna Dalmacija also has a news portal with sections such as Sport, News, Culture, Style, Health and many more. At present, in December 2020, Jadran Kapor is its acting editor-in-chief. Meanwhile, HANZA MEDIA d.o.o.is the publisher.
T Portal is a Croatian news website. According to its Facebook page, T Portal was launched in May 2003.
“Leading Croatian news portal focused on highly relevant and quality content,” T Portal describes itself on Facebook. The website has different categories such as News, Business, Sport, Culture, Technology, Showtime and Lifestyle among others.
Social Media Presence
T Portal is also available on social media platforms. Besides Facebook, one can find it on Twitter, Instagram and Linkedln. At present, in November 2020, while Danijela Jozic is its editor-in-chief, Dijana Suton and Bojan Stilin are the executive editors.
RTL is a free-to-air TV network in Croatia, which was launched on April 30, 2004. RTL Group owns the TV network, which has a website as well for the dissemination of news on the internet.
Show, Sportnet, Time, Life, Dice, Buzzara(s) and Rtlplay are among the sections of news on the RTL website. One can follow RTL on various social media platforms like LinkedIn, Instagram and Facebook.
Henning Tewes was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of RTL Hrvatska in 2014. He was earlier acting as the Managing Director of news provider Enex. RTL Hrvatska’s then Editor-in-chief Ivan Lovreček was promoted to Deputy CEO of the company at the same time.
Sport Net HR
Sport Net HR is a website especially dedicated for the coverage of sports news in Croatia. It is owned and managed by popular Croatian TV network RTL, which is well known for its coverage of sports news.
RTL Televizija used to broadcast sports news during most of its news programs daily. While football is the most covered sport by RTL, the network also broadcasts boxing bouts occasionally, besides covering the Red Bull Air Race events.
Telegram is a news website in Croatia. The news portal has segregated its stories into different sections. One can find stories related to politics, crime, business, technology, lifestyle and sports news on Telegram.
“Original research stories and first-person reports, social comments and a behind-the-scenes look at the essence of the event,” Telegram describes itself. Its sister publications are Telesport and Super 1.
Telegram media Group, its publisher, claims to be the largest digital-only publisher in Croatia. It boasts of “1.2 million unique users per month”.
Telegram Media Group mainly focuses on “producing digital content and campaigns” along with narrating the best stories on all its digital channels.
The news portal has social media presence. One can follow it on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and subscribe to its YouTube channel. Jelena Valentic is the editor-in-chief of Telegram in 2020.
HRT or Hrvatska radiotelevizija is a public broadcasting company in Croatia. Hrvatska radiotelevizija is the successor of Radio station Zagreb (Radio stanica Zagreb).
Its founding date is considered to be May 15, 1926 as Radio Zagreb (Croatian Radio) was launched on that day. Dr. Ivo Stern was its co-founder and first director. During the initial 14 years, the radio station was a privately owned entity. It was nationalized on May 1, 1940.
Television Zagreb (Croatian Television) began its services on September 7, 1956.
HRT has its headquarters in Zagreb, the capital city of Croatia. It comprises three joint companies, namely, Croatian Radio (Hrvatski radio), Croatian Television (Hrvatska televizija) and Music Production (Glazbena proizvodnja).
Later through a law passed by Croatian Parliament on June 29, 1990, Radiotelevizija Zagreb was renamed to HRT or Hrvatska radiotelevizija.
HRT’s archive of the television and radio program and its collection of musical production earned the status of Croatian cultural heritage on May 25, 2012.
Kazimir Bacic is the director-general of Hrvatska radiotelevizija.
HRT also has a news website. The portal has several sections such as Magazine, Orchestra/Choir, Sport, Video. HRT has a mobile application for both Android and iOS devices.
Lika Online is a Croatian language new website. Founded in 2010, its publisher is Lika Media d.o.o. It is a regional website that covers mainly all that happens across Lika-Senj Country. The news portal carries stories related to lifestyle, sport, politics, culture and business among others.
On Facebook, Lika Online mentions that it is daily visited by 20,000-40,000 unique visitors. The portal claims to be among the most-read regional portals in Croatia.
Lika Online is also present on social media platforms. One can follow it on Facebook, Instagram and subscribe to its YouTube channel for the latest news and updates.
In 2020, Hrvoje Jurkovic is the editor-in-chief of the news website.
Dnevno.hr is a news portal in Croatian-language. It is based in Zagreb, the capital city of Croatia. It is a right-wing newspaper portal. Launched in the year 2012, the website claims to be “the most popular internet portal of conservative orientation”.
The website was established by entrepreneur Michael Ljubas. Later, in 2017, Dnevno was acquired by Marija Dekanic, who is a member of the Croatian People’s Party. Dnenvni has often been accused of “promoting Serbophobia, parascientific ideas and conspiracy theories”.
The website has segregated its stories into different sections such as News, Money, Country, Sport, Health and Zagreb among others. At present, in 2020, Daniela Delale is the editor-in-chief of Dnevno.hr.
The portal is present on all social media platforms. One can follow it on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and subscribe to its YouTube channel to receive all the latest news and updates.
Glas Istre, which in English translates to Voice of Istria, is a regional daily newspaper in Croatia. Published in Croatian language in Pula, it mainly carries stories which interests Istria region, northwest of the country.
Glas Istre was founded by Yugoslav Partisans in 1943. It began its journey as a regional newsletter and went on to become a daily newspaper in November 1969.
Glas Istre also has a news portal. The website has sections such as World, Sport, Culture and Lifestyle among others. Glas Istre has official accounts on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. It also has a YouTube channel.
Monitor.hr is a Croatian online portal, which has segregated its stories into different sections to suit the interest of its readers. It has sections such as Croatia, Lifestyle, Literature, Policy, Region, Sport, Television, Cars, Celebrities, Society, Movie, Economy, Research, Culture and many more.
Dirketno.hr is a Croatian news website based in Zagreb. Founded by Miljenko Manjkas, the online portal has several sections such as Country, Zagreb, The EU and the world, Development, Sport and Life among others.
“Our mission is to bring greater openness and transparency to the Croatian media and social scene,” Dirketno describes its mission on the official Facebook page.
Poslovni dnevnik is a daily business newspaper published in Croatian language. Based in Zagreb, the first issue of the newspaper was launched in March 2004. Its print edition is published from Monday to Friday on a peach-coloured paper.
Poslovni dnevnik also has a digital edition, which besides re-publishing the articles from the newspaper, writes breaking news stories and daily overview of the stock market.
Narodne novine, established on January 6, 1835, is the official gazette of the Republic of Croatia. Initially, it was published under the name Novine Horvatzke.
Edited and published by Ljudevit Gaj, back then it was the first Croatian language newspaper in Zagreb, the capital city of Croatia. The name Narodne novine was first brought into use in 1843. It became a public company in 2001.
Dalmatin is a Croatian new website. It was launched on October 5, 2014. Dalmatin mainly covers stories that interest its readers from Split and Dalmatia. The website has several sections such as News, The World, Tourism, Croatia, Life, Sport, Health and many more. It also has social media accounts on Facebook and Twitter.
057info is a news website in Croatia, published by Ross Media Consulting. This Croatian language website also owns the Radio 057 channel. The online portal has segregated its stories into different sections such as Sports, Culture and many more. It is also available on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter.
34portal is a Croatian news website. 34portal was established in March 21, 2011. Its publisher is Centar za Medije d.o.o. The website covers stories related to sports, culture and business and has sections such as Society, Economy and many more. 34portal also has accounts on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter.
Dalmacija News is a Croatian news portal. On its Facebook page, Dalmacija News describes itself as the second most-read website in Dalmatia and the most-read regional portal in Croatia.
For the convenience of its readers, Dalmacija News has segregated stories into several sections such as News, Sports and Columns among others. It claims to have more than 100,000 readers per day.
Glas Slavonije (Osijek)
Glas Slavonije is a daily newspaper published in Croatian language. Based in Osijek, the first issue of Glas Slavonije was published in 1943. The daily is published in Berliner format.
Glas Slavonije is said to be the successor of Hrvatski list, which was published from 1920 to 1945. Glas Slavonije also has a digital edition. The website has several sections such as Croatia, Osijek, Region, Culture, Sport, Economy, World and many more.
Zagrebinfo is a Croatian news website. For the convenience of its readers, the news portal has segregated its stories into different sections such as Croatia, Sport, Gastro and many more.
Zagrebinfo is also available on social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. At present, in 2020, Marija Dekanić is its editor-in-chief.
Osijek 031 is a Croatian news portal. Its publisher is Web Art d.o.o. The website has several sections such as Culture, Education, Life, Economy, Sport and many more. Currently, in 2020, Vedran Kralj is its editor.
Novi list is a Croatian newspaper with its base in Rijeka. The daily newspaper claims to be the oldest surviving national newspaper. Most of its readers come from the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County.
Novi list has a website as well that publishes news in sections like Rijeka & Region, Sport, Life, Scene and Multimedia.
Metro Express is a Croatian news website that claims to serve “urban educated readers” of the country. In January 2013, the website recorded over 180,000 unique readers per month. Metro Express had ranked 22nd in the Gemis’ ranking of the most read Croatian portals in the same year.
Zadarski list is a national daily newspaper of Croatia, which is published in Zadar. Zadarski list rolled out its first edition on November 3, 1994, as a weekly newspaper. Initially, the newspaper was restricted to Zadar and its County region. The publishers decided to expand the operations of Zadarski list after it reached a circulation of 12,000.
Rijeka Danas is an online portal that reports all news related to Croatian cities like Rijeka and Kvarner. Politics, entertainment, sports, culture and business are among the news sections of the website. One can follow the official Facebook page for latest news and updates.
The Dubrovnik Times is an English language newspaper in Croatia that is owned and published by Mark Thomas Media. The editorial office of the newspaper, which has a website as well, is located at Put bana Josipa Jelacica 25, 20207, Brasina, Mlini. One can follow The Dubrovnik Times on social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Glas Concila a Croatian Catholic weekly magazine, which started publishing on October 4, 1962, by Zagreb Archbishop Franjo Šeper. The initial purpose of the newspaper was to report on the Second Vatican Council. The publishing house also owns a children’s monthly magazine titled ‘Mali Koncila’ besides publishing numerous religious books.
Podravski List is a Croatian language news website that has its office located at Florian Square 15/1, 48000 Koprivnica. Mladen Švacosvaco is the Editor-in-Chief of Podravski List, while Ivica Barac acts as the Executive editor of the news portal.
One can find and follow Podravski List on social media platforms like Facebook, YouTube and Instagram.
Regionalni Tjednik is a regional weekly Croatian newspaper that is published by 7plus since 2008. As many as 50,000 copies of the newspaper are published in a week. While 35,000 copies are sold countrywide on Tuesdays, the residents of Međimurje County buy rest of the 15,000 copies on Wednesdays.
The government of Croatia does not control the national media completely. However, state sponsored broadcaster HRT generates revenue by issuing license to the emerging private networks and advertisements. Private channels have started to give the national broadcaster a stiff competition as most of the audience is now shifting towards the private broadcasters for news.
Nova TV, which is owned by an investment company from the United States, is the most popular news network in Croatia.
Even though the adult literacy rate of Croatia is high and rising, television remains to be the biggest source of news for many of the Croatians even today. The internet media is evolving in the region and trying to capture the market with a digital terrestrial television (DTT) service. Add to that, Croatia has well established cable system, satellite operators and internet protocol television (IPTV) operators.
Government broadcaster HRT owns and operate a radio channel as well. Some of the national and local commercial radio networks are owned by the private companies.
Foreign Media Domination
The print media of Croatia is dominated by media companies based in Austria and Germany. A tabloid called 24 Sata is the most selling newspaper of Croatia. However, just like the other parts of the world, circulation figures for the printed newspapers are falling in Croatia as well.
Most of the Croatian newspapers have their presence on the web and various social media platforms as well.
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