The Czech Republic’s public broadcaster, Czech Radio, is marking World Radio Day on Thursday. All Czech Radio stations feature special programming with debates and analytical programmers focusing on the future of radio. Czech Radio CEO, Peter Duhan, appeared on Radiožurnál on Thursday morning, and said he had no doubts that radio would survive the boom of new media.
The Davis Cup has gone on display in the lobby of the Czech Radio building on Prague’s Vinohradská St. Visitors can view the tennis trophy and also have their photograph taken with it between 9:00 and 18:00 on Tuesday and Wednesday. Inspired again by veteran Radek Štěpánek, the Czech men’s team recently won the trophy for the second time in a row.
Halloween has continued to gain in popularity among Czech pre-schoolers and schoolchildren, according to Czech Radio. Increasingly, various towns, nursery schools, as well as private venues hold events; this year, zoos and botanical gardens are among those to have prepared special programmes for children including pumpkin carving, lantern processions and masquerade balls, Czech Radio said.
In related news, Cardinal Duka strongly criticized the Social Democrats on Czech Radio on Tuesday afternoon, comparing the possibility of Prague Castle being exempted from church restitution to actions taken by the country’s former Communist regime. His statements, and the raising of his voice in the broadcast, saw him clash with the programme’s host, and led to his being cut off. Czech Radio said in a statement that the cardinal had breached the broadcaster’s pre-election impartiality rules.
Less than two weeks before polls open in an early general election, campaigning in the country’s public media took off on Monday. Public broadcasters Czech Television and Czech Radio begin airing clips supplied by 24 parties and groups running for office. Czech Radio is broadcasting minute-long clips on three of its stations, while Czech TV is airing 30-second clips on channels One, Two and 24. Each broadcaster will in total air 14 hours of parties’ election messages. Campaigning in the public media will end on October 23, two days before the election.
Public broadcaster Czech Radio posted a net profit of 26.6 million crowns and generated revenues worth 2.158 billion last year, according to its annual report for 2012. In 2011 Czech Radio netted 145 million. Licence fees, accounting for more than 90 percent of total revenues, generated 1.913 billion crowns last year. The number of licence fee payers is reported to have increased to 3.063 million in 2012.The public broadcaster last year employed 1,400 people.
The new prime minister says he has no objections to the president’s proposals regarding the appointment of ambassadors. He told Czech Radio on Wednesday, on the contrary, that he regarded Mr Zeman’s choices for ambassador to Moscow and Bratislava as positive. The president wants Communist MEP and one-time cosmonaut Vladimír Remek to be made the Czech Republic’s envoy in Russia and Livia Klausová, wife of his predecessor Václav Klaus, to be the country’s representative in Slovakia. Mr Zeman was at loggerheads with outgoing foreign minister Karel Schwarzenberg over the two appointments.
Twenty rock’n’roll groups will perform at a charity concert in aid of flood victims which is taking place on Friday evening at the campsite Pražačka. Fans can look forward to Lemon Nashville and His Golden Killers, Slapdash and Lazy Bones, among others. Tickets cost 100 crowns and the proceeds will go to a flood account set up by the Czech Radio Foundation.
Czech Radio has launched a campaign to help raise money for flood victims. The station has organized a VIP call centre operated by well-known radio personalities, popular singers and actors who are taking calls from donors from 5am until 6pm on Friday. The Czech Radio Foundation has set up a special bank account, entitled Help with Us, to which people can contribute money up until June 21st. The number of the Czech bank account is 888 444 666/0300. People can also donate via SMS messages sent from Czech mobile phones. The message DMS ROZHLAS should be sent to the phone number 87777. One DMS costs 30 crowns of which 27 goes in aid of flood victims, and the remaining 3 to the service operator.
Czech Radio’s Vltava station will place recordings of the first volume of The Good Soldier Švejk on their website. Responding to enormous interest from their listeners in the audio adaptation of Jaroslav Hašek’s classic, the station decided to make the recording by the famous Czech actor Oldřich Kaiser available for a longer period of time than the normal week. The Švejk readings, which first aired in May, will be on the station’s website from 10 June to 30 July.