Večernje novosti (Serbian Cyrillic: Вечерње новости; English: Evening News) is a Serbian daily tabloid newspaper. Founded in 1953, it quickly grew into a high-circulation daily. Novosti (as most people call it for short) also employs foreign correspondents spread around 23 national capitals around the globe.
|Founded||16 October 1953|
|Political alignment||Right-wing[needs update]|
|Headquarters||Trg Nikole Pašića 7, Belgrade, Serbia|
|Circulation||~68,000 copies sold (2016)|
The principal Yugoslav-level media companies were Borba and Tanjug. Borba published two daily newspapers, Borba and Večernje novsti. Borba was a daily broad-sheet, was well known as the official voice of the governament, and in the early 1950s, it was the best-selling newspaper in Yugoslavia. The second daily newspaper published by Borba was Večernje novosti, a well-edited evening paper. It was a modern tabloid with short news, human insterest stories, big photos, well-written headlines, and losts of sports, city and regional reports. For a long period of time Veĉernje novosti had the largest circulation in Yugoslavia. Only Večernji list from Zagreb occasionally beat them.
It first appeared on stands on October 16, 1953, edited by Slobodan Glumac, who set the newspaper's tone for years to come. Housing an extensive network of journalists and contributors, the paper reported and commented on various issues and events according to its mantra: fast, brief and clear.
In mid-1980s Novosti got a big scoop by publishing the old files of the State Commission for War Crimes, which shed new light on Austrian president Kurt Waldheim's involvement in war crimes during World War II. The file F-25572 dated November 17, 1947, which Novosti published for the first time gave new details of Waldheim's whereabouts in Yugoslavia during the war.
Although it is one of the region's longest enduring newspapers, it is also remembered for its association with the regime of Slobodan Milošević. During the years leading up to the dictator's overthrow, Novosti was one of his main mouthpieces. Loyalty to his regime was the most important job requirement at the paper in this period. Through party-installed apparatchiks like Dušan Cukić (then editor-in-chief), Milošević was able to control the paper and use it to espouse propaganda.
Večernje novosti featured a doctored photo of Milošević's pre-election town meeting in Berane on the cover of its September 21, 2000 edition. The same cluster of trees and people can be spotted on the right and the left of the photomontage. With only a week away from the presidential elections and Milošević trailing behind the opposition, the newspaper made it appear as if over 100,000 supporters came to the meeting. However, independent media reported only 15,000 people were present.
On February 4, 2006, retired basketball ace Vlade Divac expressed his desire to invest in Novosti, perhaps even buy the majority stake, but decided to lie low until the paper's complex ownership structure disputes are resolved.
- Slobodan Glumac (1953–1957)
- Vasilije Kraljević (1957–1959)
- Bogdan Pešić (1959–1963)
- Slobodan Glumac (1963–1969)
- Mirko Stamenković (1969–1972)
- Jovan Jauković (1972–1974)
- Živko Milić (1974–1976)
- Tomislav Milinović (1976–1984)
- Ilija Borovnjak (1984–1987)
- Radoslav Brajović (1987–1998)
- Pero Simić (1998–2000)
- Dušan Čukić (2000)
- Manojlo Vukotić (2000–2013)
- Ratko Dmitrović (2013–2017)
- Milorad Vučelić (2017–present)
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