History of Czech Radio

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History of Czech Radio


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May 18             PRAGUE – the start of regular broadcasting from a tent in Kbely (Czechoslovakia is only the second country, after Britain, to broadcast regularly in Europe)


August 1           The first sports broadcast, which is boxing from Letná

September 1     BRNO – the start of studio broadcasting from the city



T. G. Masaryk

February 12      The first live opera broadcast is Smetana´s “The Two Widows” from the    National Theatre in Prague

January 28       The first Czech broadcasting station begins operating in Prague called Staré Strašnice

October 28        The first live broadcast of a presidential address



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Agricultural Radio begins regular broadcasting, the first specialised radio broadcast in Europe



April 1               The time signal is introduced

October 1          Foundation of the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra

October 23        BRATISLAVA – the start of studio broadcasting from the city



October 26      The first international opera broadcast is “The Bartered Bride” from the Opera Comique  in Paris



July 1                MORAVSKÁ OSTRAVA – the start of studio broadcasting from the city



September 8    The first transoceanic broadcast, from New York

October 9         The first broadcast from a wax cylinder recording



Funkcionalistická budova na Fochově třídě

Decembre 10   Ceremonial opening of the new Czechoslovak Radio building in Fochova třída (now Vinohradská 12, in Prague’s Vinohrady), which is still the institution’s headquarters



The foundation of the Disman Children´s Radio Ensemble



August 31         RADIO PRAHA begins broadcasting abroad



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May 5                The Prague Uprising begins with radio appeals for help

May                  Czechoslovak Radio begins broadcasting a second station, originally named PRAHA II, then Československo >Hvězda (after 1968) > Československo (after 1989) > ČRo 1 - RADIOŽURNÁL (1993) 

End of the year   PLZEŇ and ČESKÉ BUDĚJOVICE - start of studio broadcasting from these cities HRADEC KRÁLOVÉ and ÚSTÍ n/L - start of studio broadcasting from these cities



The start of television broadcasting (TV was part of Czechoslovak Radio until 1957)



The introduction of transmitting radio by wire



The first VHF transmitter begins transmitting on Petřín hill in Prague



March 1            The first stereo broadcast, jointly by Praha Radio and TV

The regional station for Prague and central Bohemia (after ‘91 REGINA PRAHA) begins broadcasting

December         A station for more demanding listeners begins broadcasting on VHF entitled ČESKOSLOVENSKO II (VLTAVA after 1968)



The foundation of an international competition for young musicians called “Concertino Praga”



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The radio is an active participant in the movement for political change, broadcasting directly from public meetings and holding discussion programs

August 21         Fighting at the radio leaves 15 dead



The foundation of “Prix Bohemia Radio”, a festival of original radio production

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A new law is passed on Radio and TV Broadcasting, enabling the operation of private channels. The Czech National Council announces the establishment of Czech Radio as an independent public entity



March 31           The foundation of “Concerto Bohemia”, a radio competition for young chamber orchestras



July 1                OLOMOUC - the start of studio broadcasting from the city

July 1                Czech Radio Record Company begins operating



November 6      Czech Radio 6 / RADIO FREE EUROPE begins broadcasting



Act No.135/1997 is passed, increasing the radio license fees to 37 CZK and changing the amount of advertising per day on nationwide and regional channels of Czech Radio, to 3 and 5 minutes respectively



May 1                Foundation of the website www.cro.cz



February 11      Czech Radio opens the Ústí nad Labem branch office in Liberec

July 1               Václav Kasík is appointed the Director General of Czech Radio by the Czech Radio Board



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May 18             The ceremonial opening of the new Studio Building on Římská Street

October 29       Czech Radio 7, Radio Praha begins also broadcasting in Russian



August 31         65th anniversary of the first Czech Radio broadcast abroad



March 4            Czech Radio Pardubice begins broadcasting

May 1               The launch of special broadcasts for foreigners living in the Czech Republic. Czech Radio 7 - Radio Prague begins broadcasting programmes in English, German, Spanish, French and Russian. International broadcasting becomes part of the new set up at Czech Radio 6 (formerly Czech Radio 6/Radio Free Europe).

June 17             Czech Radio Region begins broadcasting for the region of Vysočina

September 11    30th ‘Give Blood with Czech Radio’ campaign takes place

Octobre 1          Czech broadcasts of Radio Free Europe the news-current affairs station Czech Radio 6/Radio Free Europe is renamed Czech Radio 6 after the withdrawal of American backing

Octobre 1          Czech Radio Ústí nad Labem is renamed Czech Radio Sever.

Octobre 21        Czech Radio regional broadcasting for Central Bohemia goes under the new name of Czech Radio Region, Central Bohemia (the previous name, Czech Radio Regina, is now exclusively used for Czech Radio broadcasting in the Prague metropolitan area)



80th anniversary of the launch of regular radio broadcasting in the Czech lands



Decembre 14    The start of regular broadcasting from Zlín



May 1               In conjunction with the planned transition to digital broadcasting, Rádio Česko and D-dur stations, begin operating

May 30             Czech Radio Sever starts regular broadcasting for the Liberec and Jablonec region

- Broadcasting of Czech Radio Leonardo begins (on the Internet since September, digital since 21 October)



January 13        1:13 p.m. (13:13 24hr clock), sees the launch of Czech Radio 4 - Radio Wave




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March 1            Peter Duhan appointed as interim Director General of Czech Radio



July 28              Peter Duhan appointed as Director General of Czech Radio

New newsroom and Radio Wave transmission complex set up



June 14–15       EBU Radio News Conference

December 31    Launch of Czech Radio Radiožurnál newsroom



Vizuál Rádia Junior s novým logem

January 1          Gustav Brom Radio Big Band engaged as one of Czech Radio’s ensembles

February 28      Broadcasting of the digital station Rádio Česko terminated

February 28      Broadcasting of CR Leonardo terminated

March 1            CR Plus begins broadcasting as a nationwide station

March 1            Broadcasting of CR Jazz launched

March 1            Broadcasting of Rádio Junior launched

March 1            Czech Radio’s new logo and new corporate identity introduced

May 18             Czech Radio celebrates 90 years of regular broadcasting

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June 21            90th anniversary of Czech Radio Brno

November 17    The ’89 Again’ gala concert on Wenceslas Square takes place – marking the 25th anniversary of the end of the totalitarian regime in Czechoslovakia (charting the events of 1989, the project involved all of Czech Radio’s stations)



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June 25-26       74th EBU General Assembly in Prague

August 7           Czech Radio launches an experimental DAB digital multiplex for Prague and its surroundings



January 21       René Zavoral appointed as Director General of Czech Radio


April                Czech Radio launched the news server iROZHLAS.cz

April 3.-4.        Czech Radio hosted the 23rd EBU Radio Assembly in Pilsen.


May                Czech Radio celebrated 95 years since officially establishing its radio broadcasting.

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August            Czech Radio commemorates 50 years since the Warsaw Pact invasion through the large-scale Project ’68, which was awarded the Prix Europa for the best digital project of the year.

September      In 2018 Czech Radio was the subject of an EBU Peer-to-Peer analysis, which was focused on assessing the values of public service media. For more, see here.


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September      The new and unique Radiocafé Vinohradská 12 was opened to the public and used for live broadcasts.

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November       Czech Radio commemorates 30 years since the Velvet Revolution and its key date the 17th November 1989 with the sociological study “Divided by Freedom“ and the international conference Europe without the Iron Curtain: 30 Years of Freedom.


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September 17. Czech Radio, along with České Radiokomunikace, launched digital broadcasting from ten new DAB+ transmitters in Bohemia and Moravia, thus entering the final stage of extending its digital broadcasting. As a result, coverage increased to 95% of the Czech population.

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December 3.   Czech Radio launched the mujRozhlas project, which constitutes the third pillar of the broadcaster’s internet strategy. 


April               René Zavoral, the Director General of Czech Radio was re-elected for the third consecutive time as Vice-Chair of the Radio Committee of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).

May 21.          Czech Radio launched the first specialized sports digital radio station in the Czech Republic called Radiožurnál Sport.

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June               Czech Radio celebrates its phenomenal success at the 73rd edition of one of the most prestigious and oldest European festivals of radio and television production, Prix Italia, having won the first prize in the Radio Music category with its project “Hudba k siréně” (Music for Sirens).

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October 1.      The digital station Czech Radio Pohoda (meaning Relax) intended not only for elderly listeners launched its broadcasting.


January 21.    Czech Radio Council confirmed René Zavoral as Director General of Czech Radio for a second term of six years, which started on 21st January 2022.


Czech Radio celebrates its centennial! May 18th, 2023 officially marked 100 years of Czech Radio's existence, making it the oldest continental European broadcaster and second in Europe only to the BBC. The year was jam-packed with exciting events, from concerts to conferences, as well as an array of new projects to mark this special anniversary. Although the celebrations were very much about looking back at all Czech Radio has accomplished over the past century, they were equally focused on looking ahead. Thus the slogan of Czeach Radio's 100th year: 100 years is just the beginning. 

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