Kurir

Daily Kurir is part of the largest media group in the Balkans - Adria media group, owned by Aleksandar Rodic, the son of Radisav Rodic, the founder of Kurir. Founded in 2003, Kurir played an important role in the process of media tabloidization in Serbia, by making up political affairs and spreading false information. One of the most famous cover pages was under the headline “Dead bodies are floating in Obrenovac” which contributed to spreading panic during the heavy floods in 2014, but turned out to be untrue.

In 2009 Kurir came under the government pressure, when Radisav Rodic was arrested for tax embezzlement, which media linked to his conflict with then economy minister and Deputy Prime Minister Mladjan Dinkic. The same year controversial changes of Information Law were made, which according to media reports was a measure to discipline and fight against Kurir. The modifications included drastically increased fines for media outlets that do not respect the rules of the profession.

After Radisav Rodic’s arrest, his son, Aleksandar Rodic, took over the management of the daily paper. Ever since its founding, Kurir has been changing its editorial policy numerous times but mostly remaining a mouthpiece of the government. Under the management of Aleksandar Rodić, editorial policy was pro Democrat (then ruling party). After the Democratic Party of Serbia lost the 2012 elections, Kurir swapped sides again and started attacking former officials of the party and reporting in favour of the Serbian Progressive Party. The editorial policy lasts to date with a brief break up in 2015. Namely, Kurir tried to take over the management of daily Politika, which led to a conflict with the government and the Serbian Progressive Party.

In November 2015 the famous front page of Kurir was published, “Srbijo, izvini” (Sorry Serbia), with the article of Aleksandar Rodic, apologizing to the citizens of Serbia for, as he stated, being forced to be a part of propaganda team of Aleksandar Vucic. As an answer to this open letter, Zeljko Mitrovic, the owner of Pink TV and Dragan J. Vucicevic, owner and editor of tabloid Informer had a campaign against Rodic and his daily Kurir. This conflict lasted for several months, after which it dissipated from public without serious debate about it. Soon, Kurir went back to its usual editorial policy with an exception of rarely publishing interviews and avoiding to lead a campaign against opposition candidates, which does not happen in other pro-government tabloids.

On the other hand, Kurir also inspired founding of other tabloids in the Serbian media scene. It started in 2005 when a group of editors left Kurir and founded tabloid Press, then in 2012, its journalist and editor Dragan J. Vucicevic founded tabloid Informer, while in 2016, former Kurir editors Milan Ladjevic and Sasa Milovanovic founded tabloid Srpski telegraf.

Key facts

Audience Share

6.0%

Ownership Type

Private

Geographic Coverage

National

Content Type

paid content (35 rsd)

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Media Companies / Groups

Adria Media Group

Ownership

Ownership Structure

Kurir daily is published by Adria Media Group, owned by a businessman Aleksandar Rodic.

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General Information

Founding Year

2003

Founder

Radisav Rodic

Affiliated Interests Founder

Radisav Rodic is a controversial Serbian businessman who founded Kurir in 2003.

Before entering the media business, he owned "ABC Product" during the 90's. He bought a state-owned printing house "Glas" (later "ABC Grafika") which became the largest private printing house in the era of late Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic in the 90s. All the opposition papers, including "NIN", "Promene", "Demokratija", "Naša borba", "Vreme", "24 časa", were printed there as well as the Radical Party's paper "Velika Srbija" and Socialists' "LID".

Offshore company Ronaco System from Delaware had an impact on his fast-growing empire. Rodic himself claims that his partner Bruce Ralston and he are the owners of Ronaco System. In 1998, he founded daily newspaper "Glas javnosti" and in 2003 the Kurir daily paper.

In June 2009, he was accused of tax evasion. District Attorney's Office in Serbia pressed charges against Rodic and three more persons for an alleged fraud by getting a loan of 22.8 million RSD from the Serbian Commercial bank with false documents, which was never paid back and the bank was damaged. The Court sentenced him to two years in prison, but he was acquitted since he had already served the sentence during the court process.

Radisav Rodic is the father of Aleksandar Rodic, today owner of the largest media group in the Balkans - Adria Media Group.

Ceo

Aleksandar Pejovic

Editor-In-Chief

Nemanja Pajic, Editor-In-Chief; Ivan Corbic, Editor

Affiliated Interests Editor-In-Chief

Ivan Corbic worked as a journalist in Blic daily (1996-1998).

He was Editor in Chief and journalist in daily Glas javnosti (1998-2005). Later he worked as Deputy editor in Standard magazine (2005-2007).

From 2007 he was in Ringier Axel Springer Media AG, first as Deputy editor in chief and Crime news editor in Alo daily and Crime news editor in Blic daily. And later he was appointed as Editor in chief at Alo daily.

Contact

Vlajkoviceva 8

11000 Belgrade, Serbia

Tel: + 381 11 6357 100

redakcija[at]kurir-info.rs

Website: www.kurir.rs

 

 

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Financial records from the Serbian Business Registry are for 2015, as those for 2016 have yet to be made publicly available. The exchange rate used for USD is 108.8543 as the average for 2015 when the financial reports were produced, according to the Serbian National Bank.

Financial information is publicly only available for the publisher, not media outlet.

In January 2014 company „Kurir info” requested several changes to be made in the Serbian Business Registers Agency: to change the title from „Kurir“, to „Kurir magazine“ and then to "Kurir: the most influential newspaper in the Balkans". So, „Kurir“ daily was shut down and its last issue was published on 2 February 2014, and already on 3 February of the same year, on newsstands one could buy the first number of the new print media "Kurir: the most influential daily newspaper in the Balkans".

It was disputable whether this legal because according to the Media Law from that time there is an article that states: "In the event of termination of the public media by deleting from the register of public media or otherwise, and termination of printing or publication of such media is not allowed to establish a public media under the same or similar name that may cause confusion as to the identity of the public media".

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