Civic Democrats increasingly isolated over Czech Television

10-01-2001

As the crisis within Czech Television continues, the main opposition Civic Democratic Party, or ODS, led by former prime minister Vaclav Klaus, stands alone in its support for the new director of Czech Television, Jiri Hodac. Olga Szantova has the story.

In a recent parliamentary debate, only one of the party's MPs, Jiri Payne, broke ranks and voted in favour of the resolution calling for Mr Hodac's removal. Mr Payne is something of a rebel, and has voted against his own party several times in the lower house in the past. Earlier, Olga Szantova spoke to him, and asked him first of all why he had defied his party on the Czech TV dispute: