It's official: one year shy of six decades since the Czech national radio headquarters in Prague came under fire from occupying Nazi forces, - and three and a half decades since the Soviets trained their guns on Ceskoslovensky Rozhlas - the rather uninspiring, functionalist-style building on Vinohradska Street has been named a cultural landmark.
When we reported in May on Cesko hleda superstar - the Czech version of the hit show Pop Idol - it was clear, even then, that one of the front-runners to take the prize would be 17-year-old Aneta Langerova, a student from the town of Ricany near Prague. Aneta's easy-going manner, love for rock music, and especially emotional and vocal intensity made her a clear favourite from the outset. Well, she's done it, she's won the crown, and as Jan Velinger reports, Czech music fans will now anxiously await the release of her new album.
The country's public television station, Czech TV, has been fined 100,000 crowns for running commercials longer than granted by state law. According to the law, Czech TV can be fined between 5,000 and 2.5 million crowns if it runs commercials for over one hour a day. The Czech Council for Radio and Television Broadcasting, which imposed the fine, says commercials ran 29 seconds past the limit on February 2.
Today - 15 years after the Velvet Revolution - there are literally dozens of different media publications on sale at newsstands throughout the country. There certainly doesn't seem to be any shortage of magazines and newspapers for Czechs to choose from. It's a far cry from the sort of tightly controlled press that prevailed under communism just 15 years ago. There are some, however, who maintain that the Czech media is not fulfilling its crucial democratic role in fostering political debate and social analysis as well as it should.
This week is the 60th anniversary of the death of one of the great figures of 20th century Czech journalism, Milena Jesenska, whose writings offer today's readers deep insights into Czechoslovakia between the wars. My colleague David Vaughan has taken a particular interest in her work. David, what is Milena Jesenska most remembered for?
Since it was launched on British TV in 2001 the reality show Pop Idol has spread successfully under various names throughout Europe, North America and even South Africa. In the Czech Republic the show goes under the name of Cesko hleda superstar - Czechs seek a superstar on the commercial TV station TV NOVA. After several months on the air countless contestants have fallen on the wayside - including some truly horrible acts, like the unforgettable "Czech Dido" (spelt Dajdou in Czech!).
Last week radio and television broadcasters from across the world - from China to the United States - gathered in Prague to discuss the future of international broadcasting. This was the third annual conference of the Association of International Broadcasters. This year there was a huge amount to discuss, especially with the intense and long-running debate over the role of the media in the war in Iraq. And there was also plenty of discussion over issues directly relevant to us at Radio Prague - what is the future for smaller international broadcasters
New foreigners’ law to change conditions for non-EU nationals
Czech rock climber Adam Ondra knocked out of World Cup in Japan
Czech foreign ministry reports record number of visa applications
New index shows locations with best quality of life in Czech Republic
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