Under Czech law, public service broadcasters are obliged to devote programming time to minorities living in this country such as Slovaks and Roma. In this week's Talking Point, we look at the impact these broadcasts have on the image of minorities in Czech society and the challenges facing public broadcasters as they grapple with an ever-changing demography.
The Czech Republic, some critics have noted, will never be quite the same following the arrival of reality TV. For a month or so now millions of mostly young viewers have more or less glued themselves to their TVs to watch people living in fish bowls. For now, the Czech edition of a newer format, known as Vyvoleni - the Chosen Ones - has bloodied the nose of the more famous Big Brother. But, in essence, both programmes rely on similar formulas to attract audiences: shrewdly edited - as well as live - moments capturing conflict as well as agreement,
The Radio and Television Broadcasting Council has decided to fine the commercial TV stations Prima and Nova for the content of their respective reality shows, VyVoleni and Big Brother. TV Prima was fined 5 million crowns (200,000 dollars) and TV Nova will have to pay 4 million. According to council chairman Petr Pospichal, both channels broke the law by broadcasting scenes potentially threatening the moral development of juveniles before 10 pm.
The Swedish company Modern Times Group has agreed to pay 115 million dollars for a 50-percent stake in Czech commercial channel TV Prima, ending weeks of speculation about the station's future. Prima, previously known as Premiera, has been broadcasting since 1993. It has recently had a big ratings hit with a Big Brother-like "reality show".
Hyundai to build $1.2bn car plant in the Czech Republic; Premier Jiri Paroubek has agreed to set up parliamentary commission on Unipetrol; Swedish broadcaster MTG buys $115m stake in TV Prima; State to sell 56 percent stake in Severoceske Doly to CEZ for $375m; Retailers Tesco (UK) and Carrefour (France) agree to asset swap in Taiwan, Czech, Slovak republics
A woman in the Czech Republic is accused of stealing 280 tons of cheese-flavoured pretzels! Who says you have to be skinny to be beautiful? Miss XXL jiggles her love handles for an appreciative Prague audience. And, waiting 40 years for a plant to bloom. Find out more in Magazine with Daniela Lazarova.
Swedish broadcaster MTG reported buyer of TV Prima; CME pays $119m for Galaxie Sport channel; EIB to lend Czech Republic some $167m towards highway construction; Government approves $207m military truck contract with Tatra; Airlines to pay more for flyovers; Czech-based drugs maker Zentiva buys into Romania's Sicomed for $200m
There is no saying more well-known in the world of advertising than the old adage "sex sells" and for good reason: sex sells perhaps more than just about anything else. By now, most of us have grown accustomed to the role of sex in advertising, in selling everything from magazines to perfume, to jewellery to clothing. Many have nothing against it or are even in favour, if sensual elements are related to theme and are intelligently and tastefully done. But what about when they're not?
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
Archaeologists unearth rare Renaissance-Baroque brew house in ‘Czech Paradise’