Czech Republic

‘Babiš aims to reinforce his media influence’

Published on 20 November 2013 at 11:51

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Already the owner of the Czech Republic’s two main daily newspapers after his June acquisition of Mladá Fronta Dnes and Lidové noviny, billionaire politician Andrej Babiš is now preparing to buy Radio Impuls, the country’s most popular radio station and which has more than a million listeners per day.

The second richest Czech and leader of the recently formed populist ANO party, which finished second in general elections on October 25 and 26, the man whose critics have dubbed him the “Czech Berlusconi” is not shy about acknowledging his desire to build a media empire, notes Hospodářské noviny

You have to wonder if this entrepreneur, who will probably play a role in the formation of the next Czech government given that his political party scored almost 20 per cent in the last election, does not see [the purchase of Radio Impuls as] more than a business project, or if these media outlets will sooner or later serve the political objectives of Mr Babiš.

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