Oldřich Číp, a world renowned expert on short-wave radio has died at the age of 87. He was associated with radio since childhood - first as an amateur radio hobbyist and later as a staff member of Czechoslovak and Czech Radio in the departments of international broadcasting. He cooperated closely with Radio Prague for many years, presenting a popular show for DXers.
The tabloid Blesk lost some 33,000 readers in the first half of 2018 but is
still the most widely read newspaper, with a circulation of 926,000,
according to a new survey.
The broadsheet Mladá fronta dnes had 569,000 readers during that period, a drop in circulation of 3,000 year on year. In third place was the left-leaning daily Právo, with a readership of 253,000.
Rounding out the top five spots were the specialised daily Sport (240,000) and the right-leading national paper Lidové noviny (223,000), followed by another tabloid, Aha! (195,000), and the business daily Hospodářské noviny (182,000).
Czech Radio has organized a week-long film screening of New Wave films in
Prague's Karlin district starting Monday 6th to mark the 50th
anniversary of the crushing of the Prague Spring. It will screen one film a
day starting with the 1967 psychological drama The Cremator.
Czech Radio will be at the center of a series of commemorative events marking 50 years since the Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968. It is cooperating closely with the National Museum, the National Film Archive and the Institute for Study of Totalitarian Regimes to produce a video-mapping of the August events, including a 13-hour special starting late on August 20th which will follow the events of that night and the early hours of August 21st when Russian tanks rolled into the country to crush the democratic reforms of the Prague Spring movement.
Czech Radio will be at the center of a series of commemorative events
marking 50 years since the Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968.
Czech Radio is cooperating closely with the National Museum, the National Film Archive and the Institute for Study of Totalitarian Regimes to produce a video-mapping of the August events, including a 13-hour special starting late on August 20th which will follow the events of that night and the early hours of August 21st when Russian tanks rolled into the country to crush the democratic reforms of the Prague Spring movement.
Thirty Czech Radio reporters will be stationed at crucial sites around the country to recall the events of that dark chapter in the country’s history.
Czech Radio denies any wrongdoing after a listener complained about hearing
“pornography” on its Vltava station. The listener called on Facebook
for control bodies to investigate how she and her children had come to hear
references to the male member in a Saturday morning broadcast.
A member of the Czech Radio Council said the head of Vltava would be called to explain the broadcast, Czech Television reported.
For their part, Vltava said the text was not lewd but had come from The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst, a book which had received the prestigious Man Booker Prize.
Only 31 per cent of Czech citizens trust the news media, according to a new
report by the Reuters Institute for Journalism Studies at Oxford
University, based on a YouGov survey of over 74,000 online news consumers
in 37 countries.
The Digital News Report cites rising political polarisation and the spread of ‘fake news’ and disinformation online as major factors contributing to the low level of trust among Czechs. It further noted growing concern over sites linked to Russian-based sources or funders promoting an anti-EU agenda.
The report found that Czechs also believe there is less editorial autonomy among mainstream news media, most of which are controlled by oligarchs, such as Prime Minister Andrej Babiš, and powerful business groups.
The five most trusted media are public broadcaster ČT24 and the Czech Radio station Radiožurnál, followed by business daily Hospodářské noviny, and commercial sites Seznam.cz and Aktualne.cz.
In the early years of Radio Free Europe, the U.S. station – although initially founded and largely secretly funded by the CIA – played a critical role in providing balanced, objective news to listeners in the Eastern Bloc, especially during turbulent periods of history. Having failed to live up its own standards when covering the Hungarian Revolution in 1956, RFE took a radically different approach to its coverage of the Prague Spring and Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968, says former RFE director A. Ross Johnson.
The company created around the Czech search engine Seznam has continued its
development in the media sector with the purchase of two local radio
Seznam has bought majority stakes in the Classic Praha and Expres FM stations, according to the ČTK news agency, drawing on information in the Czech commercial register. Voice of Prague, the previous owner, confirmed Seznam’s purchase of the stakes which are likely to be officially announced next week.
The radio stations will draw on Seznam’s existing news services for the Internet and for its television channel which was launched at the start of the year.
The search engine Seznam is one of the few of its kind which have been able to challenge Google on domestic national markets.
Russian opposition journalist Arkady Babchenko, who was shot dead in
Ukraine’s Kiev on Tuesday, lived in Prague for several months last year
but left the city in July because he was unsure whether the Czech
authorities would give him a residence permit, Lidovky.cz reported.
An acquaintance of his, the Czech journalist Ondřej Soukup, said that the slain journalist had lost hope of acquiring residence but did not wish to apply for asylum.
Babchenko had fled Moscow after receiving death threats. The Ukrainian authorities accuse the Russian government of being behind his killing.
Ukraine's secret service later said it had known about the murder attempt before it happened and had foiled it.
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