After the successful launch of the first Czech parliamentary satellite TV channel last week, one has to wonder when the electronic media in this country will move on to the next step - a news channel. Is Czech society ready for such a move, and could an all-news television or radio station survive in this country?
This November 17th, exactly fifteen years after the start of the "Velvet Revolution" that led to the collapse of Communism in the former Czechoslovakia, the democratic process will "go live" with the launch of a 24-hour public affairs channel. The Czech parliamentary channel, "24.cz", will feature live broadcasts from the legislative proceedings and features on Czech politics. 24.cz will be carried by SES ASTRA, a leading satellite system for direct-to-home transmissions of television, radio and multimedia broadcasts. Martin Kubacki, who heads