Czech Position launched in December 2010 with the lofty goal of becoming the world’s daily English-language source for Czech political, business and cultural news, by offering a mix of breaking news reports, feature articles, analysis and investigative reporting. Alas, all good things must come to an end.
The compelling nature and success of reality TV shows seems to be explained in what has been described as landmark research by the Czech branch of a media agency and the Czech Academy of Sciences into the brain’s reactions to different types of programs.
Czech students and experts from companies and government bodies have come up with a study shows the Czech Republic has failed to sell itself abroad with a strong and positive brand image. Instead, the country has a mixed bag of associations for foreigners, many of tehm negative, and no single communications channel or strategy that would try and remedy the fundamental failing.
Maxim Behar, a prominent Bulgarian PR and social media specialist has been named chairman of Hill+Knowlton Strategies’ Czech office. He will remain CEO and board chairman of the Bulgarian company he founded, M3 Communications Group, Inc., which is an affiliate of Hill+Knowlton Strategies.
Metro International, “the world’s largest international newspaper,” has announced that its equity stake in Metro Czech Republic will decrease from 40.0% to 6.7% due to a decision not to participate in a capital increase. Metro sold 60% of Metro Czech Republic in December 2007 to Mafra Media Group, a German media conglomerate. Since Mafra committed fully to the recent capital increase, their equity stake has increased to 93.3%.
The center-right Czech government coalition is seeking to get more diversity of opinions in local, town, and regional council publications, which it argues are currently often propaganda sheets for the parties in power. A proposed new press law would force them to offer alternative views fair coverage, opening up the opportunity for minority party councillors to demand redress. The change should come in ahead of regional elections in October.
In spite of gloomy economic predictions, the head of the group owning the Czech Republic's most popular commercial channel, TV Nova, sees ad revenue picking up this year, largely as a result of ads being banned from the most-watched channel of the public broadcaster towards the end of 2011. It still might take around two years to end the discounts that advertisers have begun to get used to and to push ad prices up, CME’s Adrian Sarbu warned.
Agnieszka Holland, one of Poland’s most prominent directors, in March will begin shooting a three-part film about Jan Palach, a Charles University law student who set himself on fire to protest the 1968 Warsaw Pact invasion. Holland — who studied at Prague’s famous film and TV school FAMU during the Prague Spring — recently directed a film about the mythical Robin Hood-like figure Juraj Jánošík, a Slovak national hero.
Slovak-born billionaire Andrej Babiš, owner of the Czech agricultural and chemical giant Agrofert Holding, plans to launch a 32-page regional free weekly magazine called 5+2 in March that will give more space to what he called “neglected” issues — and allow the prominent entrepreneur space to “defend himself,” the daily Právo reports.