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English Pages of Czech Television

 

  • Welcome to the English Pages of Czech Television (CT), the public service broadcaster in the Czech Republic

Basic Facts

  • Headquarters is in Prague, 2 regional studios in Brno and Ostrava
  • Almost 3,000 employees
  • Budget 260 mil. EUR (2019)
  • 74 % own productions
  • AD share 15+ 29,20 %

Financing sources of Czech Television

  • CT is not financed from the state budget
  • Television licence fees – 5,5 EUR/month/household – the main source of income
  • Other income from business operations and advertising

History

  • 1953 first television broadcasting trial from Studio Prague started on May 1
  • 1970 second channel ČT 2 was launched
  • 1973 colour broadcasting on the second channel ČT 2
  • 1975 colour broadcasting on the first channel ČT 1
  • 1992 Czech Television was established based on the Czech Television Act n. 483/1991 Coll.
  • 2005 news channel ČT 24 and DVB-T was launched
  • 2006 channel ČT sport was launched
  • 2010 HDTV was launched on satellite
  • 2011 analogue switch-off
  • 2013 new thematic channels ČT :D and ČT art were launched
  • 2013 HD broadcasting in DVB-T: ČT 1 HD, ČT 2 HD, ČT sport HD
  • 2013 professional platform Fórum Ultra HD was established – initiated by ČT
  • 2014 DVB-T2/HEVC trial broadcasting – shared project with ČRa (Czech Radiocommunication)
  • 2015 trial broadcasting UHDTV on SES Astra satellite
  • 2018 Transition to DVB-T2/HEVC

Channels

  • ČT 1 (HD) is a family-oriented channel showing original Czech movies, series, entertainment and lifestyle.
  • ČT 2 (HD) broadcasts documentaries, nature-oriented shows and foreign films and series.
  • ČT 24 is a 24-hour news channel offering breaking news and in-depth economic, regional and cultural news.
  • ČT sport (HD) broadcasts world, European and Czech sports events.
  • ČT :D is a children's educational channel without advertising, launched 31.8.2013. Broadcasts from 6am until 8pm.
  • ČT art is a channel focusing on culture, theatre, operas, music, art films, launched 31. 8. 2013. The channel builds upon ČT :D channel broadcasting. It broadcasts from 8pm until late night.