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New HZDS daily newspaper delayed

The first issue of Nový Deň, the new daily paper of the opposition Movement for a Democratic Slovakia (HZDS), was supposed to hit news stands on November 15, but it was not at kiosks that morning. HZDS Vice Chairman Rudolf Žiak explained that some problems had occurred during the installation of editorial software, and was not able to say when the new daily would appear on news stands. "It could take a while, but the most important thing is that it will be perfectly done," he said.

Žiak denied rumours that the editor-in-chief of the new daily would be the former executive director of the tabloid paper Trhák, Soňa Bezdeková. Žiak said that Dušan D. Kerný, who was already charged with building the editorial office of the new daily, would take the post.

Kerný is a former Slovak ambassador to Switzerland and a former anchor of the state-run Slovak Television.

The pilot issue of the new daily appeared on November 2, but the imprint did not include the address and phone number of the editorial office, nor did it feature the name of the editor-in-chief.

On September 3, the HZDS's former mouthpiece, the daily paper Slovenská Republika, slipped into the hands of Maduco, a company owned by former STV Director Igor Kubiš. The HZDS announced three weeks later that it did not consider Slovenská Republika to be its media vehicle any longer, and declared that it would start a completely new daily.

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