One of Prague’s best known German-language authors was Egon Erwin Kisch, who was born in the Czech capital 125 years ago this Thursday. His excellent style and original choice of stories, together with his dramatic life, earned him a reputation of the ‘Raging Reporter’ that is still very much alive today.
The head of the Czech branch of Transparency International, David
Ondráčka, has praised the new law on public tenders prepared by the
Ministry for Regional Development – legislation which has already passed
in a first reading in the Chamber of Deputies. Speaking in a discussion
programme on TV Prima on Sunday, Mr Ondráčka stressed that the bill, as
currently proposed, would introduce needed anti-corruption measures,
including the dissolution of tenders where only a single party applies, or
making public contracts worth more than half-a-million crowns. At the same
time, the TI Czech branch head expressed worries the bill will still see
The Minister for Regional Development, Kamil Janovský - also a guest in the programme - did not answer whether he would stake his political future on the bill in its current form, saying only that more would be known in two weeks – when it will be debated in Parliament again.
Prime Minister Petr Nečas has said that a new eco-tender – replacing one currently underway aimed at cleaning up environmental damage in the Czech Republic, would save the country tens of billions of crowns. Speaking on Czech TV on Sunday, he suggested the current super-tender should be broken down into more areas, which would allow more competition and see more advantageous bids. Three firms - Marius Pedersen Engineering, Geosan Group, and Environmental Services - have all bid in the current tender which critics warn could become the country’s largest single corrupt deal.
Petr Dvořák, the former head of commercial TV Nova, has been elected the new executive director of Czech Public Television. Mr. Dvořák, a hot favourite from the first round, won twelve votes from the 15 member Czech radio and TV council. Chairman Milan Uhde said Dvorak had presented an impressive policy concept and was clearly the best candidate. In his analysis of Czech Television’s performance Mr. Dvořák criticized the work of the news and current affairs departments, said public television was bogged down in a production crisis and stressed the need for more educational programmes for children. He is to take up his post on October 1st.
It has been a constant companion for generation after generation of Czech science lovers – the popular science magazine Vesmír is marking its 140th year in publication. In today’s Science Journal we talk about the magazine’s course through the decades with none other than its editor-in-chief Dr. Ivan Havel, the distinguished former head of the Centre for Theoretical Studies and brother of ex-president Václav Havel, who took up work at the magazine just after the Velvet Revolution.
At a conference in the US, the 33-year-old Czech programmer Jakub Vrána made quite an impression on developers from the well-known social networking site Facebook and became the first Czech to be hired by the company. Now, he is preparing to move across the ocean and set up a new life in California, near San Francisco, where Facebook's headquarters are located. Ahead of his departure from the Czech Republic, he speaks about what he is looking forward to and what he will miss, what the interviewing process was like and which of his projects he thinks
Today in Mailbox we read from our listeners’ comments on Radio Prague’s 75th anniversary and reveal the identity of our August mystery lady. Listeners quoted: Tracy Andreotti, Harold Yeglin, Stan Schmitt, Colin Law, Hans Verner Lollike, Mary Lou Krenek, Ian Morrison, Richard Chen, Charles Konecny, Henrik Klemetz, Jayanta Chakrabarty, David Eldridge.
Set up in 1936 primarily as a tool to counter propaganda from Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union, Radio Prague itself long served as a mouthpiece for communist propaganda. Since the 1990s however, the station is the only Czech public news service, providing information about the Czech Republic in six languages to audiences around the world. Marking Radio Prague’s 75th anniversary, the Czech-born, UK-based writer, and former Radio Prague reporter Benjamin Kuras and Radio Prague’s own David Vaughan discuss the most interesting moments in the station’s
Seventy five years ago today, at 10 AM on August 31, 1936, the foreign service of Czechoslovak Radio went on air for the first time ever. Today, Radio Prague is an independent broadcaster although it is still funded entirely by the Czech Foreign Ministry. Following severe budget cuts in recent years, some good news came on Wednesday from the Foreign Ministry which promises no further cuts for 2012. Radio Prague spoke to the head of the ministry’s public diplomacy department, Jan Bondy.
Of course, Radio Prague would not have turned 75 if it wasn’t for our loyal listeners. We would like to thank you for your support and interest over the years, and for the many anniversary emails you have sent in. On the occasion of our 75th anniversary, we did something we usually don’t do – we called some of our listeners from around the world. Here’s one of them, Stan Schmidt. He listens to Radio Prague from Evansville, Indiana, in the United States.
Olga Lomová: Western misconceptions could let China export much of its system and ultimately contribute to our enslavement
Hitler no ‘gentleman’, but court rules Czech state need not apologize for president’s claim Ferdinand Peroutka said so
Bertha von Suttner – Prague-born peace campaigner whose ideas on cooperation and disarmament continue to have lasting effect
Beijing ends agreement with Prague – but can spat harm Czech capital?
Czechia now ahead of Spain in GDP per capita, but still below EU average
Rare Terezín concentration camp artefacts found in attic of private home
Czechs observe day of mourning for pop idol Karel Gott
Thousands pay tribute to deceased national pop icon Karel Gott