The Czech Radio station Wave is today celebrating a major landmark; the youth and alternative station has now been delivering challenging music and all manner of arts and lifestyle reports for exactly a decade. To find out about Radio Wave’s big day and future plans, I spoke to its director of programming, Robert Candra. But I first asked him whether Wave’s removal from FM and conversion to an internet station two years after its 2006 launch had felt like a limitation.
After removing the page of We Don’t Want Islam in the Czech Republic, Facebook has also frozen the page of Martin Konvička, who was behind the group and is also the head of Block Against Islam. Mr. Konvička told Lidovky.cz that there had to be considerable interest to bring about the blocking of a large page but it would take only one hostile person to cause the freezing of a personal page; however, the two may be connected, he said. The controversial campaigner is under investigation for hate speech.
Facebook has blocked the page of the group Block Against Islam, the group's representatives said on Monday, protesting against what they call censorship and an attack on freedom of speech. The group has been accused of extremism and xenophobia. Its leader Martin Konvička was charged with hate speech late last year on the grounds of statements made on Facebook in 2011 and 2014. The Block Against Islam claims the charges are politically motivated.
On a working visit to Prague, Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski defended the controversial new law on public media introduced by the new conservative government in Poland, saying it would open the media to all political parties.At a joint press briefing with his Polish counterpart Czech Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek said he believed freedom of speech would be preserved in Poland.The Czech-Polish talks focussed on bilateral ties, cooperation within the Visegrad group states, the migrant crisis and the fight against terrorism. In connection with the visit the Czech media have speculated on the possible impact of the new Polish government on cooperation within the Visegrad group states and its relations with the EU.
As Czech Radio’s correspondent in London, Jiří Hošek is for many of his compatriots one of their main sources of news from Great Britain. When we met recently at the bustling St Pancras train station, our conversation took in everything from listeners’ perceptions of the UK to the challenges of working alone. But I first asked Hošek – who has been in London for three years – what kind of stories his editors in Prague were typically interested in.
Czech Radio’s Plus channel will broadcast a live interview with President Miloš Zeman on Monday. It will be his first such appearance on the public broadcaster since November 2014, when Mr. Zeman used a number of expletives in an episode of an occasional series of interviews. The president rejected a plan to pre-record the shows and subsequently began appearing on a similar slot on a commercial channel. Monday’s interview is due to focus on foreign policy.
Vladimír Fišer, the legendary radio announcer who in 1968 announced the news of the Russian-led invasion of Czechoslovakia has died at the age of 81. A popular radio personality Fišer excelled as a talk show host, a presenter of radio plays and a dubber artist, but in the minds of the Czech people he will always be remembered at “the voice of 1968”.
The publishing house controlled by Czech billionaires Daniel Křetínský and Patrik Tkáč has confirmed that it is seeking to buy up part of the Mladá Fronta newspaper and magazine group. Preliminary clearance from the Czech competition office has been sought for the deal. Mladá Fronta, which has no connection to the daily newspaper, is one of the biggest publishing houses in the country with the business daily E15 part of its stable. Křetínský and Tkáč already own the company publishing the best selling tabloid Blesk and the daily Sport.
Hamburg’s decision to pull out of a competition to host the Olympics has complicated the future of a dilapidated Czech-owned lot at a port in the city, Czech Radio reported. There had been plans to exchange it for another site in the German city before residents voted against hosting the Olympics in a referendum. The Czech minister of transport, Dan Ťok, said Prague would now have to renegotiate the matter with the Hamburg authorities. Czechoslovakia took a 99-year lease on the port in 1929 and the facility was used until 2001, when the Czech operator went bankrupt.
The hitherto head of public broadcaster Czech Radio’s governing council, Michal Stehlík, has resigned. His place will be taken by the former deputy chairman of the council, Petr Šafařík. Šafařík is a university teacher and publicist and a former member of the Green Party. Michal Stehlík gave the reason for his resignation as the events surrounding last month’s decision by Czech Radio’s general director, Peter Duhan, to step down. He was facing a call for his resignation over the employment of one of his sons at the radio, a move which is clearly ruled out under the broadcaster’s rules.
Karel Gott to get funeral with state honours as singer’s death is mourned at home and abroad
Beijing ends agreement with Prague – but can spat harm Czech capital?
Karel Gott’s Mona Lisa to be put up for auction
Czechs observe day of mourning for pop idol Karel Gott
Thousands pay tribute to deceased national pop icon Karel Gott