‘Americk? Listy’ Closes After almost 50 Years

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By: E&P Staff

Americké Listy, a leading Czech-language newspaper in the United States, published its last issue in July ater almost 50 years. Petr and Vera Bísek’s bi-monthly, based in Glen Cove, N.Y., tool over publication after Czech émigré Frank Svehla who suffered a stroke in 1989. Svehla started the newspaper in 1962.

Writing for Radio Prague’s Website, Ian Willoughby interviewed the owners by phone while they visited their son, near Pilsen.

Among other reasons for closing the paper, Petr Bísek stated a desire “to give a new generation space to start something new, more modern and internet related.”

He added that because most readers are older and don’t use the Internet, “they are very disappointed,” but that he and Vera informed them over the last two years of the possibility of closing the paper. “But some of them really weren’t ready for it,” Bísek told Willoughby.

The couple has considered scaling back to monthly publication or focusing on the Web, “which is not easy to do well,” Bísek said. “Either we do it well, or we don’t do it at all.”

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