Czech Prima TV, the second most popular commercial TV in the Czech
Republic, has received a 12-year license from the Council for Radio and
Television Broadcasting to launch a 24-hour news platform CNN Prima News
Prima announced its plan to team up with CNN International Commercial in April this year. It said the new channel should be launched in the next 12 months. CNN Prima News should combine international news coverage by the CNN, dubbed or subtitled, with national reporting covered by Prima. Prima TV was established in 1993 and is currently the third most-watched TV station in the country.
Prima TV, the second most popular commercial TV station in the country, has announced it is teaming up with CNN International Commercial (CNNIC) to launch a 24-hour news platform. The CNN Prima News channel should combine international news coverage by the CNN with national reporting covered by Prima.
An estimated 2.6 million people watched the final televised presidential
debate between current head of state Miloš Zeman and challenger Jiří
Drahoš on public broadcaster Czech Television on Thursday night.
Many commentators reckoned honours were fairly even between the two in a much more subdued setting than the rowdy atmosphere on commercial broadcaster Prima two days earlier.
Questions focused on Zeman’s presidential team and advisors, foreign relations, campaign backers, and the candidates’ stand over outgoing prime minister and ANO leader Andrej Babiš, who is facing criminal charges.
The highly-anticipated first televised debate between current Czech president, Miloš Zeman, and his challenger Jiří Drahoš, drew more than two million viewers. Political veteran Zeman dictated much of the tempo and landed more punches but his opponent was seen as holding his own. Most criticised was the discussion format itself, which hamstrung serious debate.
The Czech competition office has cleared the buy- out of one of the country’s biggest commercial television stations, TV Prima. The Brno-based office said that the buy- out by Czech businessmen Ivan Zach and Vladimír Komár would not have a damaging effect on the market. The duo previously owned half of the broadcaster along with major Swedish media group, Media Times Group, which is now selling up. Prima has five channels in the Czech Republic and one in Slovakia. It has over recent years caught up with the audience figures of the leading commercial broadcaster, Nova, though also been tarnished over a scandal over instructions to journalists to report negatively on immigrants. The Swedes bought their stake in 2005.
The former CEO of the Czech Republic’s best-known commercial broadcaster TV Nova, former senator and former Euro MP Vladimír Železný, has announced a planned return to TV broadcasting, news site iDnes reports. Mr Železný, iDnes specified, was planning on kicking off a new 24 hour news station with Hungarian businessman Pála Milkovics; the latter would reportedly hold an 85 percent majority share, while Mr Železný would own the rest. According to iDnes, the station, known as Z24, could begin terrestial, satellite and online broadcasting within two-and-a-half months. The news site reported that the former TV magnate had a “plan” how take on public broadcaster Czech TV although, it noted, he had no licence, studio, or news team, yet.
Czech businessman Ivan Zach has become a majority owner of TV Prima, the second biggest commercial channel in the Czech Republic, the Czech News Agency reported on Wednesday. The Swedish company Modern Times Group has sold its 50-percent stake in TV Prima to Denemo Media, owned by businessmen Ivan Zach, who’s now got a 75-percent stake in the broadcaster with Vladimír Komár owning the remainder.
Commercial TV broadcaster Prima screened the original version of Jan Kraus’ talk show on Thursday evening following accusations of censorship. The program, which was originally scheduled to go out on Wednesday night, was pulled by managers who cited fears of a possible fine from the state-appointed radio and television watchdog for breaking the set standards of objectivity. The argument was later brushed off by the Council for Radio and Television Broadcasting which said it had ruled earlier that entertainment programs featuring subjective views of guests did not keep to the highest standards of objectivity and balance that might be demanded elsewhere. This particular episode of the Kraus show contained many critical references to the head of state, President Miloš Zeman.
The Czech state appointed radio and tv watchdog, the Council for Radio and Television Broadcasting, bluntly brushed off claims from commercial broadcaster Prima that it did not originally screen the episode of Jan Kraus’s talk show featuring George Brady and culture minister Daniel Herman because of fears how the council would react. Managers at the broadcaster already knew that the council had ruled that entertainment programmes featuring subjective views of guests did not keep to the highest standards of objectivity and balance that might be demanded elsewhere, the council said in a statement late Thursday. Prima was trying to shift blame for its decision and put it on the regulator if it tried to maintain that it was not aware of this, it added. The episode of the show reportedly contained many critical references to Czech head of state, president Miloš Zeman, and his staff.
The scandal around the alleged withdrawal of a state honour to Holocaust survivor George Brady has taken a new turn with news that an episode of the popular talk show Jan Kraus on commercial broadcaster Prima failed to be screened. The episode, recorded on Tuesday, was supposed to go out on Wednesday night. Prima said that was not possible because the copy of the recording arrived late. An earlier episode was repeated instead. The station’s version was challenged by the show’s producer, who said it was delivered as usual and in time. Other guests on the show, such as musician Anna K, have complained of media censorship. Brady, the uncle of culture minister Daniel Herman, has been in the spotlight the last week in a scandal focused on whether the president’s office first offered him a state award and then warned it would be withdrawn if the minister met with Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama. Prima later said the episode would be screened on Thursday. Jan Kraus, known for his outspoken comments and stand against corruption, said that screening of an edited version of the show by Prima broke its contract with him. He said the orignal version would be put out on the web. Jan Kraus is known for his outspoken comments and stand against corruption.