Nova TV is a Croatian free-to-air television network launched on 28 May 2000. It was the first commercial television network with national concession in the country and from 2004 until 2018 it was fully owned by the Central European Media Enterprises. In 2018, Direct Media purchased Nova TV and Doma TV.

Nova TV
TypeFree-to-air television network
HeadquartersZagreb, Croatia
OwnerUnited Group
ParentUnited Media
Launch date
28 May 2000; 24 years ago (2000-05-28)
Picture format
1080p (HDTV)
Official website

Nova TV is, along with HRT and RTL, one of the three Croatian television channels that air the largest amount of original programming in Croatia. The channel has its own everyday news programming, as well as various scripted television series. A smaller quantity of original reality and game show series is also aired by the channel. The channel also airs acquired foreign programming, both television series (mostly English or Turkish) and movies.

Currently, Nova TV's programming schedule usually consists of children's programming (mostly acquired animated series) airing in the morning, followed by re-runs of original and acquired television series during the day. The prime time is generally reserved for news and other original programming.

Original programming


News programming


Dnevnik Nove TV is the main news program of Nova TV. It is broadcast daily at 19:00 UTC. As of 2008, and it was the second most popular news program in Croatia, closing in on Dnevnik HRT, its main competitor.[1] Dnevnik Nove TV overtook Dnevnik HRT in 2010, becoming the most watched news programme in Croatia. Since its launch in 2005, the style of the broadcast has changed little.

A minor incident occurred in 2015, when Milorad Pupovac, a vice-president of Independent Democratic Serb Party, was forced out of the programme for his speech on the removal of Cyrillic tables in Vukovar by an amendment of the City Statute, due to "being in 2015". Both sides, Serbian and Croatian, apparently condemned the incident, some likening it with the forced takeaway of the right to free speech. However, Nova TV soon issued a response in which they said that:

Nova TV's news anchor sought to focus the guest on the issue for which he was invited to the show. Given the fact that our guest continuously kept digressing off the topic, the host had to end the conversation at certain moment because [...] it was a live interview, within a show which also deals with other topics [...]. Just like many times before, Mr. Pupovac will continue being relevant and respected guest in our studios.[2]

Scripted series


Dramas and telenovelas


Comedy series


The station also became notable for showing one of the first Croatian sitcoms called Naša mala klinika, which started to air in November 2004,[3] and in early June 2005 the channel started airing another locally produced sitcom called Bumerang.

  • Naša mala klinika (2004–2007)
  • Bumerang (2005–2006)
  • Cimmer fraj (2006–2007)
  • Večernja škola - EU (2007–2008)
  • Zauvijek susjedi (2007–2008)
  • Bračne vode (2008–2009)
  • Periferija city (2009–2010)
  • Ah, taj Ivo! (2012)[a]
  • Samo ti pričaj (2015–2016)
  • Kad susjedi polude (2018)

Reality series


In 2003, Nova TV premiered the first Croatia iteration of American Idol titled Story Supernova Music Talents,[4] which was then followed by the Croatian version of Pop Idol called Hrvatski idol in 2004.[5]

Supertalent, the Croatian entry in the Got Talent franchise, is a part of Nova TV's staple programming, airing since September 2009. It is one of Nova TV's longest-running original series, set to enter its eleventh season in Fall 2024.[6] Nova TV rebooted Ples sa zvijezdama, which previously aired 8 seasons on HRT 1.[7] A reboot of Survivor, which previously aired a season on HRT 2 in 2005 and another one on RTL in 2012, premiered on Nova TV in March 2022.[8]

Currently airing series
# Series no longer in production
Upcoming season or series announced
Status of series unknown
Name Based on Host(s) No. of seasons Premiere
Story Supernova Music Talents#[b] Idol
  • unknown
1 2003
Hrvatski Idol#[b]
  • Nikolina Božić
  • Vinko Štefanac (s. 1)
  • Predrag Šuka (s. 2)
2 April 24, 2004
Farma#[c] The Farm
  • Mia Kovačić (s. 1–7)
  • Davor Dretar (s. 1, 3, 6)
  • Dušan Bućan (s. 4–5)
  • Dražen Kocijan (s. 2)
  • Nikolina Pišek (s. 2–3)
7 March 9, 2008
Supertalent Got Talent


  • Igor Mešin (s. 1–10)
  • Frano Ridjan (s. 7–10)
10 September 25, 2009
MasterChef Croatia MasterChef 6 March 21, 2011
Tvoje lice zvuči poznato Your Face Sounds Familiar


  • Rene Bitorajac (s. 1–5)
  • Maja Šuput (s. 6–7)
  • Frano Ridjan (s. 6–7)


  • Igor Mešin (s. 1–5, 8)
  • Filip Detelić (s. 8)
8 October 5, 2014
Ženim sina?# unknown
  • Irina Čulinović
5 April 23, 2018
Ples sa zvijezdama[d] Dancing with the Stars
  • Mia Kovačić (s. 9)
  • Janko Popović Volarić (s. 9)
  • Maja Šuput (s. 10)
  • Igor Mešin (s. 10–11)
  • Tamara Loos (s. 11)
3 March 17, 2019
Ljepotice i genijalci# Beauty and the Geek
  • Igor Mešin
1 March 18, 2019
Survivor Croatia[e] Survivor
  • Mario Mlinarić
3 March 14, 2022
Riba na torti Hal a tortán
  • Ivan Pažanin
1 November 13, 2023

Other notable programming

  • Laku noć, Hrvatska (2005–2008, adult animated parody series)
  • Red Carpet (2003–2012, a showbiz magazine programme)
  • Provjereno (2007–, an investigative journalism news magazine)
  • Istraga (2005–2009, a crime documentary series)
  • Nad lipom 35 (2006–2021, a mixture of a sitcom and a musical performance series, also the channel's New Year's special from 2010 to 2021)
  • Ne zaboravi stihove (2008–2009, a musical game show)
  • IN magazin (2009–, a celebrity gossip magazine)
  • Startaj Hrvatska (2020–, a competition series promoting various original Croatian products)
  • I godina nova (2022–, a new Year special comedy and musical performance series)
  • Joker (2024–, a game show series based on the Turkish series of the same name)
  • Tko to tamo pjeva? (2024–, based on I Can See Your Voice)

Acquired programming


As the first Croatian commercial television network, Nova TV made the Croatian TV viewers familiar with reality shows when first airing the American shows such as Survivor and Temptation Island. Nova TV was also the first television network to show The Jerry Springer Show in Croatia, which ran until 2022. In 2005, the channel also introduced popular American TV series such as Lost (2004–2010) and Desperate Housewives (2004–2012) as well as reality show The Apprentice (2004–2017) to the Croatian audience. Nova TV is also known for broadcasting newer blockbusters first released in the 1990s and the 2000s as well as some less popular television or cinema movies that are quite hard to find anywhere else in Croatia.

Sports programming


Nova TV is also notable for live broadcasts of various sporting events such as alpine skiing and Mirko Filipović's fights. For many years, they have also been broadcasting FA Premier League matches, as well as some of the English cup matches. However, they stopped showing English football following the end of the 2006–07 season, with the Premier League now available in Croatia through RTL Televizija. In 2009, Nova TV bought the rights to show the UEFA Champions League matches played on Tuesdays until 2012. Their Champions League coverage consists of one live broadcast and the highlights of all the remaining matches of the night, but not the final, which is broadcast by HRT. In 2018, Nova TV bought all Croatia national football team fixtures live until 2028.

The channel aired UEFA, UEFA Nations League and UEFA European Qualifiers road to Euro and World Cup.

Turkish series


Nova TV is known for acquiring numerous Turkish drama series, which have been popular on the channel since 2010s.

Original title Croatian title Original premiere Nova TV premiere
Hayat Şarkısı Djevojka sa sela February 9, 2016 June 4, 2018
Çocuk Dijete September 9, 2019 July 1, 2020
Benim Adım Melek Melek September 25, 2019 July 5, 2021
Alev Alev U plamenu November 5, 2020 July 5, 2021
Zemheri Ljubavna oluja January 15, 2020 August 23, 2021
Sadakatsiz Nevjera October 7, 2020 January 3, 2022
Kardeşlerim Snaga obitelji February 20, 2021 May 16, 2022
Iyilik Izdaja April 29, 2022 January 2, 2023
Yalı Çapkını Zlatni kavez September 23, 2022 May 29, 2023
Yüz Yillik Mucize Sto godina čuda March 23, 2023 August 21, 2023
Masumlar Apartmanı Duhovi prošlosti September 15, 2020 October 9, 2023
Veda Mektubu Oproštajno pismo February 27, 2023 January 1, 2024
Yürek Çıkmazı Ulica sjećanja November 1, 2022 January 1, 2024
Yabani Divlje srce September 12, 2023 June 4, 2024

Animated series


Nova TV features Croatian dubs of various popular animated series for children, which mostly air in the mornings. In the late 2000s, it was the first channel to air Croatian dubs of popular series such as Dora the Explorer, Bratz, Peppa Pig and Winx Club. Nova TV's children programming also airs on Mini TV, a specialized channel launched on 1 October 2008.[9]

Audience share

Y/M Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec. Annual average
2023 14%[10] 14.5%[11] 16.6%[12] 15.7%[12] 15.7%[12] 17.3%[12] 15.5%[13] 15.1%[14] 17.6%[15] 18.3%[16] 18.4%[17] 17.5%[18] 16.3%
2024 15.1%[19] 16.4%[20] 18.7%[12] 18.7%[12] 16.3%[12] Upcoming period 17%


  1. ^ The pilot episode of Ah, taj Ivo! aired on 27 May 2012. The series was cancelled following the negative reviews.
  2. ^ a b Series continued by RTL as Hrvatska traži zvijezdu from 2009 to 2011, and later rebooted as SuperStar in 2023.
  3. ^ In 2024, RTL announced the reboot of the series under the same name.
  4. ^ Seasons 1–8 of Ples sa zvijezdama aired on HRT 1 from 2006 to 2013. The first season to premiere on Nova TV in 2019 is the ninth season of the series overall.
  5. ^ Season 1 of Survivor aired on HRT 2 in 2005, followed by Season 2 on RTL in 2012. The first season to premiere on Nova TV in 2022 is the third season of the series overall.


  1. ^ "Budo Gala na Gripama: Lete šake, mačevi, cigle..." (in Croatian). Slobodna Dalmacija. 25 September 2008. Retrieved 24 June 2024.
  2. ^ "Knežić ga je fokusirala na temu s koje je Pupovac stalno skretao" (in Croatian). Večernji list. 19 August 2015. Retrieved 18 March 2017.
  3. ^ Živković, Nikolina (6 September 2022). "Pogledajte kako se zabavljala ekipa 'Naše male klinike', fotke iz 2005. bude stare uspomene" [See how the 'Naša male klinika' team had fun, photos from 2005 bring back old memories]. (in Croatian). 24sata. Archived from the original on 7 September 2022. Retrieved 24 June 2024. The first Croatian sitcom 'Naša mala klinika' arrived on television screens at the end of 2004, and some still like to watch it today.
  4. ^ "KAKO SAD IZGLEDAJU ZVIJEZDE STORY SUPERNOVE: Jedan je spoznao Boga, drugi je u Americi, a treća je našla muža u showu" [HOW THE STARS OF STORY SUPERNOVA LOOK TODAY: One met God, another one is in America, and the third one met her husband on the show]. (in Croatian). Story. 24 November 2023. Retrieved 24 June 2024.
  5. ^ Habijan, Ivana (28 November 2014). "'Hrvatski idol': Žanamari Lalić pobjeda je bila dvosjekli mač" ['Hrvatski idol': Žanamari Lalić's victory was a double-edged sword]. (in Croatian). 24sata. Archived from the original on 13 August 2023.
  6. ^ "Posljednji poziv za prijavu u 11. sezonu Supertalenta" [The last call for applications for the 11th season of Supertalent]. (in Croatian). Nova TV. 10 May 2024. Archived from the original on 14 May 2024. Retrieved 24 June 2024.
  7. ^ "Procurila imena dvoje kandidata 'Plesa sa zvijezdama': Natjecat će se poznati novinar i najpoznatija influencerica" [The names of the two candidates of 'Ples za zvijezdama' leaked: A famous journalist and the most famous influencer will compete]. (in Croatian). 24sata. 22 January 2019. Archived from the original on 24 June 2024. Retrieved 24 June 2024. "Ples sa zvijezdama", one of the most watched shows, returns to television in March. Instead of HRT, the new season will be broadcast on Nova TV.
  8. ^ "Omiljeni reality se vraća na male ekrane, a bit će uzbudljiviji nego ikada" [The beloved reality show is coming back to television, and it will be more exciting than ever]. (in Croatian). Gloria. 15 February 2022. Archived from the original on 4 December 2023. Retrieved 24 June 2024.
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