published: 02.01.2014, 18:11 | updated: 02.01.2014 18:51:02
Prague - Andrej Babis, a businessman and the chairman of the ANO movement, is the most powerful person in the Czech media world, according to the list of the 50 most influential people in the Czech media published in the January issue of the Czech version of the Forbes magazine.
Babis is followed by Petr Dvorak, director general of public service broadcaster Czech Television (CT), on Forbes's list.
Businessmen Daniel Kretinsky and Patrik Tkac, who have recently become the new owners of publisher Ringier Axel Springer, share the third and fourth positions.
In 2013, the most influential person in Czech media by Forbes's ranking was Adrian Sarbu, the then chief executive of media group CME which controls the Nova television group.
Babis has also made the fastest advance among media players, according to Forbes.
As the publisher of minor free daily paper 5+2, he was a novice on the list last year, but in 2013 he became the owner of media group MAFRA, publishing nationwide dailies MF DNES and Lidove noviny, and also acquired radio station Impuls which has the biggest audience share in the Czech Republic.
The acquisition of Radio Impuls is yet to be approved by the antitrust office UOHS.
There are eight entrepreneurs in the top ten of the list who are or will become media owners. This means that a large part of the media is being transferred under the control of Czech capital, which is an entirely new situation for the Czech society, Forbes said.
Last year's winner Sarbu resigned from the post of CME's president and CEO in August last year. He will receive a severance payment of $5.4m.
Ranking on the Forbes list is determined by the influence exerted by the particular media, which the magazine evaluates based on viewer ratings, audience share and circulation.
Another criterion is the extent of control over the media's content and operation from the position of the owner or within the management.
Babis is the founder and owner of food, agricultural and chemicals group Agrofert.
The ANO movement received 18.65 percent of the vote in the early general election in October last year, trailing Social Democrats (CSSD) who obtained 20.45 percent.
The movement, the CSSD and Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL) are likely to form the new government in which Babis will probably become the finance minister and deputy prime minister for economic affairs.
List of most influential persons in Czech media:
|1.||Andrej Babis||owner; AGF Media, Mafra, Impuls|
|2.||Petr Dvorak||director general; CT|
|3.-4.||Daniel Kretinsky, Patrik Tkac||new owners; Ringier Axel Springer CZ|
|5.||Jaromir Soukup||owner; Empresa Media, Medea|
|6.||Zdenek Bakala||owner; Economia, Centrum Holdings|
|7.||Ivo Lukacovic||owner; Seznam.cz|
|8.||Ivan Zach||co-owner; TV Prima|
|9.||Michel Fleischmann||president; Lagardere Active CR|
|10.||Frantisek Savov||owner; Mlada fronta|
|11.||Christoph Mainusch||CEO; TV Nova, CME|
|12.||Libuse Smuclerova||CEO; Ringier Axel Springer CZ|
|13.||Stepan Kosik||CEO; AGF Media, Mafra|
|14.||Petra Fundova||executive; Burda Media 2000|
|15.||Marek Singer||vice-president; MTG|
|16.||Alena Cerna||executive; Bauer Media|
|17.||Zdenek Porybny||co-owner; Borgis|
|18.||Kamil Cermak||CEO; Economia|
|19.||Pavel Zima||CEO; Seznam.cz|
|20.||Petr Duhan||CEO; Cesky rozhlas|
|21.||Jiri Majstr||CEO; CTK|
|22.||Jiri Hrabak||CEO; Impuls|
|23.||David Stogel||deputy CEO; TV Nova|
|24.||Martin Konrad||CEO; TV Prima|
|25.||Radek Lain||editor-in-chief; Blesk, Aha!|
|26.||Martin Svehlak||director of news desk; TV Nova|
|27.||David Hurta||CEO; Mlada fronta|
|28.||Vladimir Zelezny||CEO; TV Barrandov|
|29.||Milan Fridrich||programme director; CT|
|30.||Vladimir Piskacek||head of editor desks; Economia|
|31.||Zdenek Samal||director of news; CT 24|
|32.||Jitka Bosakova||CEO; Vltava Labe Press|
|33.||Sabina Slonkova||editor-in-chief; MF Dnes|
|34.||Jiri Kubik||director of editorial team; MF Dnes|
|35.||Jitka Obzinova||director of news; TV Prima|
|36.||Tomas Skrivanek||director of division; Euro; E15|
|37.||Pavel Safr||editor-in-chief; Reflex|
|38.||Frantisek Nachtigall||editor-in-chief; Tyden|
|39.||Martin Jasminsky||editor-in-chief; Hospodarske noviny|
|40.||Istvan Leko||editor-in-chief; Lidove noviny|
|41.||Petr Mrzena||director of news; CT|
|42.||Tatana Le Moigne||CEO; Google CR|
|43.||Jan Lopatka||director; Thomson Reuters CR|
|44.||Veselin Vackov||director of editorial team; Lidove noviny|
|45.||Alex Ruzek||director of television channels and programme; TV Nova|
|46.||Agnieszka Dolezych||CEO; Sanoma Media|
|47.||Miroslav Motejlek||co-owner; motejlek.com|
|48.||Erik Tabery||editor-in-chief; Respekt|
|50.||Vaclav Moravec||presenter CT|
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