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The front page of Rzeczpospolita on 8 April 2013
|Owner(s)||Gremi Media SA|
|Founded||1920 (revived in 1944 and 1982)|
|Political alignment||Liberal conservatism|
The paper's title may be loosely translated as "commonwealth" or "republic", a part of the traditional full name of the Polish state – Rzeczpospolita Polska.
In 2016, Rzeczpospolita had a circulation of 274,000; 75% of its readers were reported to have higher education.
A daily newspaper with this title was issued for the first time in 1920 as a medium of the conservative Christian National Party. It was Initially owned by its founder Ignacy Jan Paderewski and after 1924 by Wojciech Korfanty, two prominent politicians of that time. The editor-in-chief Stanisław Stroński sought to maintain quality of the content by cooperating with a group of authors, including Adolf Nowaczyński, Kornel Makuszyński, and Władysław Witwicki. The last issue of Rzeczpospolita in the Second Polish Republic appeared on the last day of 1931.
During the war (1940–1943), an irregular paper associated with one of the Polish resistance groups – Polish People's Independence Action – was issued under the same title.
In 1944 an administration dependent on the Soviet Union started activities behind the lines of the Red Army, within the territory of Poland. Initially the activity was directed only against former Nazi German forces, in order to gain the favour of Polish society.
On 23 July 1944, when the war had not been over yet, the first issue of Rzeczpospolita – the newspaper of the Polish Committee of National Liberation – was published in Chełm. The editor-in-chief was Jerzy Borejsza, a communist activist and journalist in the interwar years, who after the outbreak of war collaborated with the Russians before they entered Polish territory. His articles in Rzeczpospolita presented the opinions in line with the position of the Kremlin. The newspaper began strenuous endeavours as to form a positive image of the new government. The Home Army commanders and their decision to commence the Warsaw Uprising were criticised, while nationalisation and land reform were supported.
After the war, Rzeczpospolita was issued by "Czytelnik" cooperative publishing house, whose president was Borejsza himself. He delegated the editorial duties to Paweł Hoffman, who soon changed the title to Rzeczpospolita. Dziennik Gospodarczy, later changing it again to Rzeczpospolita. Dziennik Polityczno-Gospodarczy. In 1949, the editor-in-chief was Henryk Korotyński, and newspaper joined the campaign against the Roman Catholic Church.
In 1949, the state authorities had established another newspaper – People's Tribune (Polish: Trybuna Ludu) as an organ of a newly formed political party, the Polish United Workers' Party (colloquially: party). Rzeczpospolita had been issued still by nearly two years, until the beginning of 1951, when it was discontinued because coexistence of the party and government newspapers was considered at that time unfavorable for a consolidated one-party state. Part of the team joined Głos Pracy, while several journalists, including Korotyński, moved to Życie Warszawy.
In 1980 the state had faced a crisis, and consequently the party's overall image deteriorated significantly. This prompted the idea to relaunch a separate government newspaper. In the spring of 1981, thus during the rise of Solidarity, Edmund Osmańczyk, member of parliament of the Polish People’s Republic, proposed to revive Rzeczpospolita as a "governmental medium presenting the position of the state on a daily basis”. Józef Barecki, former editor of Trybuna Ludu, a member of the Central Committee of the Communist Party and of the parliament, as well as a government spokesman for a year, was appointed as the editor-in-chief. The first issue of the new Rzeczpospolita appeared during the martial law, on 14 January 1982.
The state, as an entity, had become officially independent from the party (even though this independence was still largely fictitious within a communist state). Thus, from 1982 onwards, Rzeczpospolita and Trybuna Ludu resumed their parallel existence as the official bulletins of the government and the party apparatus respectively. This dualism corresponded to the situation in the Soviet Union, where the government newspaper Izvestia functioned alongside the party's Pravda, and where Izvestia has steered a course strikingly similar to Rzeczpospolita in the 1990s.
After the partially free elections of 4 June 1989 and after Tadeusz Mazowiecki became Prime Minister, the management of the newspaper changed as well. Rzeczpospolita was no longer a government medium and became an independent newspaper. Its new editor-in-chief was Dariusz Fikus (until 1996).
The new Polish government made Rzeczpospolita legitimately independent. In February 1991, Państwowe Przedsiębiorstwo Wydawnicze "Rzeczpospolita", a state publishing company, with Maciej Cegłowski as the new CEO, together with the French Robert Hersant press group, Presse Participations Europennes, established Presspublica company. Its first CEO was the then editor-in-chief of Rzeczpospolita, Dariusz Fikus. Initially, the Polish shareholder held 51% of company shares, while the French owned 49%. In 1993, Rzeczpospolita was named the Newspaper of the Year by the Pheidippides Committee.
In the mid-1990s, the Polish party sold the additional 2% of shares to the French. In 1996, the Norwegian Orkla Media corporation acquired shares held by the Robert Hersant group. During the next 10 years, 51% of shares were held by the subsidiary of Orkla Press Polska, Presspublica Holding Norway, while 49% belonged to Państwowe Przedsiębiorstwo Wydawnicze "Rzeczpospolita" (from 1 March 2000, to Przedsiębiorstwo Wydawnicze “Rzeczpospolita” SA). In October 2006, the shares of Orkla Press Polska were taken over by Mecom Poland Holdings SA forming part of the British Mecom Group.
In October 2011 Gremi Media, owned by the Polish entrepreneur Grzegorz Hajdarowicz, purchased the shares from Mecom Poland and the shares belonging to PW Rzeczpospolita (the State Treasury), becoming a 100% shareholder of Presspublica publishing house. The publishing house changed its name to Gremi Media, after which, in January 2017, it was transformed into a joint stock company operating under the business name of Gremi Media SA.
The basic edition of Rzeczpospolita is divided into four sections: the main one, dedicated to general news; the economic one (Ekonomia i rynek), the legal one (Prawo co dnia); and the regional one (Życie Regionów).
The general news section features, e.g., information on current political events, reports from Poland and abroad, commentaries and essays, expert opinions, as well as news relating to culture, science, lifestyle, or sports. Prawo co dnia ("Law Every Day") focuses on the changes in regulations and legislation and on legal analyses, including articles on labour law, analyses and expert opinions, or industry-related communications. Ekonomia i rynek ("Economy and Market") provides information about markets, enterprises, finance, current stock quotes, analyses of the economic situation and trends in Poland and abroad, as well as opinions of economists, experts and representatives of the business world.
The nationwide issue of the newspaper includes a series of regional monthly supplements entitled Życie Regionów ("Life of the Regions"). They are dedicated to important investments, business and education in the regions, as well as matters related to local politics, sports, and culture. Życie Regionów is the organiser of public debates that are crucial for local communities, as well as the media partner of major regional events.
On Saturdays, Plus Minus, the weekend edition of Rzeczpospolita, appears, containing articles related to civilisation, literature, lifestyle and metapolitics. It mainly includes essays, commentaries and feature articles, as well as reviews of books and cultural and sporting events. Interviews form a particularly important part of Plus Minus.
Newspaper subscription includes such specialised supplements as Podatki (taxes), Administracja (administration), Rzecz o prawie (law), Ekspert Księgowego (accounting), Praca i ZUS (labour and social security matters), or Prawo w Biznesie (law in business).
Dobra Firma ("Good Company") is a daily supplement to the main issue. It is primarily addressed to entrepreneurs from the SME sector. In an easy-to-understand manner, it covers both the legal issues relevant to business owners (taxes, social security, contracts, employment), and business matters (marketing of new products, business ideas, available solutions relating to company vehicles).
Nieruchomości ("Real Estate") appears on Mondays and Fridays. On Mondays, topics relating to construction and housing are presented, while on Fridays, matters related to the commercial real estate market are covered.
Every Tuesday, Rzeczpospolita Cyfrowa ("Digital Republic") is issued with Rzeczpospolita, dedicated to new technologies, with particular focus on their application in running a business and in developing new business branches.
Moje Pieniądze ("My Money") is a Thursday supplement devoted to personal finance. It offers tips on saving and investing money, buying shares and choosing insurance.
The Friday supplement is Rzecz o Historii ("The thing about History"), offering informative articles and historical analysis.
Lists and rankingsEdit
Regular publications of Rzeczpospolita include lists and rankings of companies, brands and institutions operating on the Polish market. The best known are: the 500 List, the 2000 List, the Ranking of the Most Valuable Polish Brands, and the Ranking of Law Firms.
The 500 ListEdit
The list of the largest Polish companies by revenue, first published in 1999. Modelled on the Fortune list, it is now the only such ranking in Poland. The best developing companies on the list receive the prestigious Rzeczpospolita Eagles awards.
The 2000 ListEdit
The list of the best companies according to Rzeczpospolita, first published in 2002. It takes into account their revenues, employment, and results. The ranking of the largest exporters is published as a supplement. Outstanding enterprises from the list receive the Good Company, Exports Eagle and Exports Brand awards.
The Ranking of the Most Valuable Polish BrandsEdit
The Ranking of the Most Valuable Polish Brands provides a professional valuation of over 300 brands created specifically for the needs of the Polish market. Apart from value, the strength of brands in separate industry categories is also estimated. The ranking has been published since 2003.
The Ranking of Law FirmsEdit
The ranking includes law firms servicing enterprises and operating on the Polish market. Law firms are broken down, among others, in terms of the number of lawyers and legal counsels, the generated revenues and profits, the servicing of the leading market transactions, or the best lawyers in respective areas of law. The ranking has been published since 2003.
Until 2007, Rzeczpospolita was published in the classic broadsheet format. The format then changed to compact, a modern and more functional one.
In 2005, the newspaper received the Grand Front award, and in 2006, during the 27th edition of the competition organised by the Society for News Design, Rzeczpospolita was named "The best designed newspaper in the world". Rzeczpospolita received the Grand Front award also in 2013, for the best cover (dedicated to the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI).
rp.pl was one of the first online news services in the Polish media. In 2017 the service will have operated for 20 years, having been launched in March 1997. From November 2014, it has been using RWD technology (full responsiveness). Its current version has been available since 2015.
The website has over 32 million hits and 3 million unique users per month (data as of January 2017).Rp.pl is one of the most frequently visited nationwide newspaper websites. In the "Business-Finance-Law" category, Gremi Group is ranked the 6th among all Polish groups of online services.
The new version of Rzeczpospolita website is characterised by a two-piece main menu with a dark background: the top one, containing the major sections (News, Economy, Law, Regions), and the side one with individual categories and subcategories. The site publishes both the articles from the printed edition and the ones written specifically for the digital version.
The content published in rp.pl is covered by a metric paywall; access to parts of it is restricted and requires registration or subscription. Gremi Media introduced paywall as the first press publisher in Poland. Its current service provider is MPP Global, a leader in such solutions[clarification needed] in the British Isles (for Daily Mail, The Times, etc.)
Rzeczpospolita application for mobile devices combines 5 types of content: printed issues in PDF format, printed newspaper edition in digital form (HTML), videos from Rzeczpospolita.tv (VOD), live streaming of Rzeczpospolita.tv programs, and the latest news from rp.pl service (Najnowsze z RP.pl newsfeed).
Since 2009, a video service of Rzeczpospolita has been available at tv.rp.pl. In 2016, an online Rzeczpospolita TV was launched at the same address, currently broadcasting 24/7. Its core are the three daily live programs, "RZECZoPOLITYCE", "RZECZoBIZNESIE" and "RZECZoPRAWIE", as well as commercial programs and coverage of the events organised by Rzeczpospolita. The hosts are well-known Rzeczpospolita contributors, such as Bogusław Chrabota, Michał Szułdrzyński, Marcin Piasecki, Jacek Nizinkiewicz, Ewa Usowicz, Tomasz Pietryga, or Anna Wojda.
The channel is broadcast via Google Hangouts and can be watched daily through the home page of rp.pl. All programs are also available as VOD on tv.rp.pl.
Circulation and salesEdit
Paper version and digital subscriptionEdit
Rzeczpospolita is distributed through paper version subscription, paper version sales and digital version. Subscription is divided into Basic subscription and Plus subscription dedicated to a more involved, specialised audience. Subscription of Rzeczpospolita offers features such as professional book publications, training, multimedia tools, or access to the archives.
The digital version of Rzeczpospolita is available around 9:00 p.m. on the day preceding the day of paper edition.
Rzeczpospolita has been often rated as the most frequently quoted medium in Poland. In 2014, it was considered the most opinion-making medium of the decade (2004–2013).
Also in 2016, Rzeczpospolita won in the ranking of the most influential media in Poland, prepared on a regular basis by the Media Monitoring Institute.
The editorial staff currently consists of 150 persons (including the secretariat and editors of online content). The headquarters are located in Warsaw at ul. Prosta 51.
- 1989–1996 – Dariusz Fikus
- 1996–2000 – Piotr Aleksandrowicz
- 2000–2004 – Maciej Łukasiewicz
- 2004–2006 – Grzegorz Gauden
- 2006–2011 – Paweł Lisicki
- 2011–2012 – Tomasz Wróblewski
- 2012 – Andrzej Talaga (acting editor-in-chief)
- 2013–present – Bogusław Chrabota
- Hajdarowicz, Grzegorz (13 October 2011). "Statement by the publisher of 'Rzeczpospolita'". rp.pl (in Polish). Retrieved 18 September 2012.
Ladies and Gentlemen, What will be Rzeczpospolita? Liberal–conservative, respecting the right of every citizen, defending the principles of the free market which fosters business and inspires action. Such like our readers. The logo and name, of which I am personally connected, oblige us to uphold the greatest journalism values – independence, sensitivity to social problems and faithful to ideals which this title represents since years. Regardless of who at the moment is exercised authority. I am glad that in the end this newspaper will have owner who will take care of it and – what important – this jewel in the crown of the Polish media will be managed by the Polish capital group. For me it is a great satisfaction. In the area of the group strategy I assure you that we will grow in the direction of the latest technologies. In the nearest future we will introduce all release of our media in version for tablet, and expand and enrich the online edition. Just such will be Rzeczpospolita. Conservatively minded, innovative in action and of open spirit. This is merely an extension of credo of the former chief editor Dariusz Fikus – modern and reliable. We will abide by these principles.
- "O nas" [About us]. Rzeczpospolita (in Polish). Retrieved 24 March 2017.
- PBC (Polish Readership Survey), January to December 2016.
- Tchorek, Kamil (1 November 2011). "Grzegorz Hajdarowicz: Press owner puts his faith in new media". Financial Times. London, UK. Retrieved 2 December 2014.
- Gemius/PBI, January 2017
- Kurdupski, Michał (6 February 2017). "Sprzedaż dzienników ogólnopolskich w 2016 roku stopniała o 7 proc. Tylko "Gazeta Polska Codziennie" na plusie" [Sales of national dailies in 2016 fell by 7 percent. Only "Gazeta Polska Daily" on the plus side]. wirtualnemedia.pl (in Polish). Retrieved 29 March 2017.
- Data of the Polish Media Monitoring Institute (Instytut Monitorowania Mediów, IMM), 2016.