Having enjoyed a lively media scene in the 1980s and 1990s, when political and social changes were reflected in a startling array of opinionated and often subversive newspapers and magazines, Croatia has settled down to something approaching Central European sobriety.

Newspapers and magazines

The most widely read daily newspapers, Jutarnji List, and Večernji List, are breezy and populist, but contain decent cultural content in the weekend editions. The most influential of the weeklies is Globus, a glossy news magazine that reflects the broadly pro-liberal attitudes of Zagreb’s emerging middle class.

An increasing range of foreign-language newspapers is available from news kiosks in Zagreb and on the coast. Many of the best-known English, German and Italian dailies are on sale within 24 hours of publication, and are usually two or three times more expensive than in their home countries. International fashion, lifestyle and computer magazines are fairly ubiquitous.

TV and radio

Of the three main state-owned television channels, HRT 1 is primarily known for its plodding diet of political discussions and singing-dancing reality shows. HRT2 dishes up liberal servings of live sport, while HRT3 enjoys a growing reputation for its commitment to contemporary culture and cult films. Private stations RTL and Nova TV have more in the way of imported soaps and feature films – the latter are usually shown in the original language with Croatian subtitles. The majority of private households and hotels have access to cable TV packages, which usually include English-language documentary fodder, news from CNN or BBC (sometimes both), and several international sport and movie channels.

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