Football Club is a new Czech-language quarterly that delivers long-form articles on various aspects of domestic and international soccer culture and history. Inspired by similar titles around Europe such as the UK’s The Blizzard, it was created by Karel Häring, a well-known football writer, and Czech Radio journalist Jan Kaliba. In his introduction to the first edition of Football Club, Häring recalls that when he was at the newspaper Sport the target readers were “factory workers rather than university graduates”. So, I asked him, is the new journal
A new unit run by the Czech interior ministry designed to counter fake news and state-sponsored disinformation is to be up and running by January 1. Addressing concerns about censorship, the government insists that the new Centre Against Terrorism and Hybrid Threats is a necessary tool critical to national security.
A proposal by the Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia to cut the VAT rate on newspapers has won backing in the lower house of parliament. The move to cut the current 15 percent rate to 10 percent was passed at first reading. It now goes to the upper house, the Senate. The move was initially opposed by the government, partly on the grounds that it would cut tax earnings by around 500 million crowns a year and also due to misgivings whether sales would rise. Finance Minister Andrej Babiš, the owner of two national newspapers, did not vote on the issue.
The leading Czech internet company Seznam has launched its own news service, Seznam Zprávy. Operators say the site will focus on video news, fast news updates and strong personalities. A number of well-known journalists have joined the project from Czech Television and other leading local news outlets. Alongside reports posted during the day Seznam Zprávy says it will run live current affairs shows at the same time the main TV stations are showing their evening news.
In this week’s Czech Life, we talk to Manfred Strnad, the editor-in-chief of the Czech edition of Mountain Bike Action (MBA). Discussed in our interview is the decades-old debate on the best frame material, if and how to get your child started in competitive cycling, and some of the best spots to ride in the Czech Republic.
Jana Kománková runs Proti šedi (which translates as “against the grey”), a highly useful one-stop website for anybody interested in arts events in Prague. She has been a well-known name in local alternative music circles since the early 1990s, as a deejay with Radio 1 and a critic with numerous magazines and newspapers. Remarkably the Prague-born Kománková began reviewing concerts for Rock & Pop at only 17. When we met at a café, I asked her how she’d managed to launch her career at such an early age.
The publishing house controlled by Czech billionaires Daniel Křetínský and Patrik Tkáč has confirmed that it is seeking to buy up part of the Mladá Fronta newspaper and magazine group. Preliminary clearance from the Czech competition office has been sought for the deal. Mladá Fronta, which has no connection to the daily newspaper, is one of the biggest publishing houses in the country with the business daily E15 part of its stable. Křetínský and Tkáč already own the company publishing the best selling tabloid Blesk and the daily Sport.