The public broadcaster Czech TV has begun airing a new 20-part series looking back on Czech film and the film industry since 1989. Called Rozmarná léta českého filmu (The Capricious Years of Czech film), the documentary looks at difficulties and changes in the Czech film business during the transition from the state-controlled economy to the free market.
The Czech version of the search engine Google acknowledged on Sunday the 45th anniversary of Večerníček, Czech TV’s daily bedtime fairy-tales programme. Google’s logo on Sunday displayed the Večerníček character, a boy with a paper hat sitting on a rocking horse. Czechoslovak Television first aired the programme on January 2, 1965; since then, the 10-minute programme has featured some 300 mostly animated series. The opening sequence, which has changed little since the 1960s, is the oldest running in the country.
The “Face of Normalization”, legendary 1970s and 80s TV announcer Miloš Frýba, died on Thursday at the age of 65. He became Czechoslovak Television’s first male programme announcer a few years after he joined the state broadcaster in 1968. His calm and serious composure and his deep voice became one of the symbols of the era following the Soviet occupation of the country, known as normalization. After the fall of communism, Miloš Frýba stayed with Czech TV until his retirement two years ago.
In this edition of One on One, Jan Richter’s guest is the Brazilian-born journalist Fabiano Golgo. When he first came to Prague nearly 15 years ago, he came as a cultural anthropologist to study the Czech people, a subject that never ceases to amaze him. Since his arrival, however, Fabiano Golgo has earned quite a reputation on the Czech media scene.
The second annual “Sexist Piggy” awards were handed out this week for the most sexist ads of the year. The contest, organized by the Brno-based NGO Nesehnutí, wants to draw attention to offensive and stereotype depictions of men and women in advertising. This year, the organizers handed out two prizes – one awarded by the public, the other by an expert jury.
The head of the Roman Catholic church in the Czech Republic is to have his own regular programme on Czech Radio’s main station Radiožurnál. The Archbishop of Prague, Dominik Duka, will have a slot at 8:20 every Sunday morning, a spokesperson for the station said on Friday. The prelate was appointed in February this year.
Delegates at the regional Civic Democratic Party meeting in Vysočina (the Czech-Moravian highlands) on Saturday urged party leader and Prime Minister Petr Nečas to communicate on a more regular basis with TV viewers to better explain steps taken by the government; this namely, at a time of strict austerity measures. A local mayor raised the issue, saying the prime minister could address the country in a TV broadcast at least once a year. The view was backed by regional officials. Deputy chairwoman and speaker of the lower house Miroslava Němcová noted that although the country’s politicians regularly appear on political debate programmes, in her view, such formats do not always allow a clear message to get across.
Rachel Kanarowski has the kind of job that must make her the absolute envy of her peers. At only 30, she is the editor-in-chief of the Czech version of InStyle, a major international women’s magazine. At the magazine’s offices, we discussed shopping in Prague and the Czech take on style. But first Kanarowski described the unlikely sounding way in which the opportunity to enter the business arose, and how she made the most of that chance.
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