Back in the mid 1990s Tomáš Zilvar quickly moved from putting together DIY fanzines to publishing glossy titles like Tripmag and XMAG, magazines that were focused on electronic music at a time when that genre was really taking off among young Czechs. Today Zilvar, who is still in his early 30s, has two jobs: running the Prague office of the hip New York-based magazine and website Vice; and offering digitalisation services to Czech media outlets and authors keen to enter the age of e-readers.
Today in Mailbox: the 22nd anniversary of the Velvet Revolution; the Ministry of Industry and Trade is considering cancelling a long-running health subsidy for miners; Radio Prague's correspondence with DX-ers during the Cold War; Radio Prague's English broadcasts on DRM in Europe; mystery Czech quiz. Listeners quoted: Mary Lou Krenek, David Eldridge, Bo Sundin, Daniel Kähler, Patrick Robič, Hans Verner Lollike, Li Ming, Colin Law, Charles Konecny, Jayanta Chakrabarty.
Czech Television has announced it has joined the EUscreen internet project which aims to create an interconnected network of digitized archives of European TV stations. The project was launched in October last year on World Day for Audiovisual Heritage. EUscreen tries provide access to European television archives from the 1950s to the present day across national borders and language barriers. The project, co-financed by the European Commission, brings together 28 partners from 19 countries. The digitized contents will be accessible via the Europeana web portal which currently provides access to over 20 million items in libraries, museums and audiovisual archives.
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.
In the past two decades of their existence, Czech tabloids have become increasingly aggressive, stopping at nothing in their quest to get an edge over the competition. Reports from the show-biz world and gossip about well-known personalities, which marked the birth of a tabloid press after the fall of communism, soon gave way to intrusive pictures of celebrities on their death-bed, politicians caught in the nude and reports about spontaneous abortions and fatal diagnoses. A proposed amendment to the law aims to curb these excesses and make the tabloid
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.
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.
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.
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.
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