In early 2012, Google TV will be launched in Europe enabling users to watch various terrestrial channels, buy and download films and other programs, and visit social network sites via the portal. Some experts predict the service will mark a new era in television, but the head of internet at CET 21, the owner of the most-watched private Czech broadcaster, Nova, rules out cooperation.
In the rush to report on the unfolding tragedy in Norway last week, some prominent media linked to, embedded, or otherwise rebroadcast what has turned out to be a fake video of the bombing of the government building in Oslo (by Anders Behring Breivik). The creator of the fake video uploaded on YouTube — titled “Second Explosion in Olso – captured on cell phone”— is a Czech man.
Czech commerical broadcaster TV Nova's owner, Central European Media Enterprises (CME) announced better than expected Q2 results with revenues exceeding expectations and a small provisional profit. Bosses say the improvement should continue if economic growth stays on course across the region.
The Czech parliament passed a new media law on Wednesday that includes a call to ban advertising on the two main Czech public TV channels. The new legislation, which would come into effect on November 11 if approved by the Senate and signed into law by President Václav Klaus, would boost the share of the two nationwide commercial channels to an estimated 95 percent of the TV advertising market.
Ladislav Špaček, the spokesman for Václav Havel during his presidency and a renowned expert on etiquette, has become the new face of Lay’s brand potato chips in the Czech Republic, known as Walker’s in the UK, offering counsel to those who forget themselves when tucking into a bag of brambůrky.
Czech tennis player Petra Kvitová’s Wimbledon singles win has added another zero to her marketing and sponsorship earnings potential, says marketing manager Miroslav Černošek. With brands like Nike and Wilson already on board, he says companies are now queueing up to sign deals, with Czech energy giant ČEZ already hiring the young star to be the face of one its power products.
The Czech tabloid Pestrý svět boasts on its website that it offers “entirely authentic, exclusive news from the lives of the hottest stars” and is “not afraid to reveal the juicy gossip that the rich and famous try to keep the lid on.” As far as the claims of “authenticity,” a Czech court begs to differ, ruling that the magazine must pay Czech actor Lukáš Vaculík a record Kč 300,000 in compensation for libel.
French media and defense group Lagardère has finalized the sale of its international magazine businesses in Russia and Ukraine to Hearst Corporation, having now received the necessary approval, and expects to exit the Czech and British shortly.
The Ministry of Agriculture has paid for an almost fairly tale video explaining why Czech pigs are not making their way to the local market starring the minister himself. The video is meant to explain the sector's problems with the number of Czech pigs halving since 1995.
Bermuda-based media company Central European Media Enterprises (CME) saw net revenue of $172.8 million in the first three months of 2011, a 20.3 percent increase over the same period last year. Operating income before depreciation and amortization (OIBDA) for the first quarter rose to $14.2 million from $841,000 in 2010.