The Czech commercial channel TV Prima plans to launch a 24-hour free-to-air
news station in conjunction with CNN International Commercial, an arm of
the U.S. cable news giant.
The new station, called CNN Prima News, should begin broadcasting within 12 months. One CNN journalist will be on the channel's editorial board.
Apart from licensing CNN content and using its brand, the partnership licence includes extensive consultancy services relating to the launch, ahead of which the entire Prima operation will begin working out of a new building.
J&T Banka analyst Pavel Ryska told the business daily Hospodářské noviny that the project is a continuation of the long-term fragmentation of the local TV market and trend towards narrow casting – that is, targeting well-defined, smaller groups of viewers.
Czech football club Sparta Prague have been poking fun at the English
Premier League side Chelsea, which erroneously promoted an upcoming match
between the sides.
Chelsea face Slavia Prague in the quarter-finals of the competition, with the first leg away in the Czech Republic a week on Thursday before the second leg at Stamford Bridge a week later.
But the Blues wrongly advertised tickets for a Sparta Prague contest.
In a tweet on Tuesday, Sparta wrote “Hi guys @ChelseaFC, we completely understand you are confused, since we are the most famous and most successful club from Prague. But this time you play against Slavia, sorry.”
The Czech Veterinary Administration (SVS) has discovered salmonella
bacteria in a half-ton shipment of chicken imported from Poland, destined
for catering facilities.
The infected meat came from the Polish company Dromico and in the Czech Republic it was distributed by Astra meat from Nový Bydžov in the Hradec Králové region, the news agency ČTK reports.
Last week, the Czech Republic ended blanket checks on beef imported from Poland.
The Czech Ministry of Agriculture said Poland had provided guarantees that it had done all it could to prevent meat from cattle unfit for human consumption from reaching the market.
Czech Railways has started selling direct tickets to Prague Airport, with
the non-rail routes to be served by buses departing from various locations
every 10 minutes, rather than every 15 minutes.
The state railways operator will also offer transport to Ostrava's Leoš Janáček Airport, which offers direct train connections from Ostrava and Studenka.
Plans are under discussion to connect the airports to high-speed line between Prague and Dresden, which have yet to be built.
Czechs are saving more as they are aware of a projected continued slowdown
in economic growth and concerns over the effect of Brexit, according to a
survey of analysts by the state news agency ČTK.
The Czech economy is growing at a slower pace than other Visegrad countries, in large part due to a slowdown in Germany, its chief export market.
Last year, Czech GDP slowed to 2.9 percent from 4.5 percent in 2017, according to data released by the Czech Statistical Office (ČSÚ) on Monday.
Nevertheless, Czech household consumption and investment will remain the main drivers of GDP growth, economists say. In part, the higher rate of household savings stems from rising average salaries.
President Miloš Zeman on Tuesday began a three-day visit to Austria,
during which he will visit the construction site of the Danube-Oder Canal,
a pet project of his.
The ambitious project, partially begun already in the late 1930s, aims to link the waterways of Austria to Moravia via canals liking the Danube, Oder and Elbe rivers.
Proponents view the centuries-old vision of a canal linking the rivers as a brilliant way to open routes for the landlocked Czech Republic to three seas – a “Suez canal for Bohemia”.
Opponents see it as an exorbitant project of monumental folly that would endanger water quality in all three river basins and erase precious floodplains from the map of Central Europe.
Ivo Schwarz, a former ambassador to Israel and the longest-serving head of
the Foreign Intelligence Service of the Czech Republic (ÚZSI), has died at
the age of 54.
The Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced his death on Twitter. It said he died of leukaemia.
Ivo Schwarz was director of the Office of Foreign Relations and Information from 2007-2014, having assumed several leading posts at the intelligence service since 1999. He was named Ambassador to Israel in October 2014.
The Prague City Hall coalition will meet on Friday to discuss a
controversial proposal to collect anonymous data from electricity meters to
identify vacant housing units.
Mayor Zdeněk Hřib said the Pirate Party is considering levying additional taxes on unoccupied apartments. In part, the aim is to give speculative property buyers an incentive to rent out flats rather than leaving them empty until sold.
Coalition partner TOP 09 in particular is against what it sees as any interference with the rights of owners to use their private property as they see fit.
However, given the housing shortage in Prague, Deputy Mayor Petr Hlaváček of TOP 09 said that if the city found that a significant percentage of apartments were vacant, the coalition would have to decide what to do about it.
Imposing such a tax on vacant units would require parliamentary approval.
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