Illustrative photo – The main entrance to the Czech Television building on Kavčí hory in Prague.
Prague – The coalition in the House of Representatives did not succeed even in today's third attempt to push through controversial changes in the election of the councilors of Czech Television (ČT) and Czech Radio (ČRo). In the debate of the final round of discussion of the government proposal, only the chairperson of the club of the opposition movement ANO Alena Schillerová spoke, who accused the government camp of “boundless desire for power”. Subsequently, she requested a break for the parliamentary faction until the end of the time set for the adoption of laws, and today's working day of the lower chamber ended. It is now unclear when the approval of the amendment on both public media will continue.
The lower house did not get to vote on the proposal, which involves the election of members of the boards of the Czech Republic and the Czech Republic, even on Wednesday and two weeks ago. The debate in the final round lasted almost nine hours. Schillerová, speaking with the right of priority, spoke for less than a quarter of an hour today. A dozen legislators remained logged in to the regular discussion.
The president of the ANO club practically repeated the opposition's criticisms, according to which the coalition's efforts to control a pair of public media outlets and to control the June election of a new CEO of CT are behind the amendment. According to her, the public's image of the government is not good, and according to Schillerová, the same is true of trust in the cabinet. “I understand that you are not listening well,” Schillerová addressed the very sparse coalition benches.
Coalition politicians repeatedly claim that the goal of the proposed changes is, on the contrary, to strengthen the resistance of both public media to possible political pressures. According to the government camp, the greater independence and stability of the Czech Republic and the Czech Republic should ensure that it will no longer be possible to dismiss the councils as a whole, but only their individual members. amendments to occupy a third of the seats in the boards of the Czech Republic and Czech Republic. The opposition SPD has no representation in the upper chamber, and ANO only a modest one. Due to the involvement of the Senate in their selection, the number of television councilors is to be increased by three to 18. The definition of organizations that can submit proposals for candidates is also to be tightened. New ones would have to have at least a ten-year history. New, even purpose-built organizations would thus be excluded from the nominations.