The Czech digital TV news channel Z1 has obtained a compensatory broadcasting licence from the state Council for Radio and TV Broadcasting (RRTV), according to a council official quoted by the Czech news agency CTK. The licence enables Z1 to broadcast in the networks for digital terrestrial TV broadcasting (DVB-T) which are now being built across the country and are set to replace analog transmission by November 2011.

Applications are now being accepted for the annual Aristoteles Workshop for documentary films in Romania. The workshop, conducted in partnership with the French/German cultural network Arte television, will welcome 16 participants from Aug. 11 to Sept. 7.

ITI Holdings SA reported on Tuesday financial results for 2007 that showed consolidated revenue rose 36.3% over the previous year, driven mainly by operations by its flagship TVN Group. Revenue was nearly €485,000, with revenue from TVN and the Grupa Onet portal accounting for about 86% of the total.


Polish private broadcaster TVN Group reports its aggregate all-day nationwide audience share rose to 24% in March from 22.2% in the same month in 2007, while prime-time audience rose to 26.9% from 26.2% last year.

The banned Estonian film Magnus by director Kadri Kõusaar captured the top award at the Czech film festival Febiofest which wound up last weekend. The director won €5,000, and another €5,000 was awarded to support distribution of the winning film in the Czech Republic, according to the festival website (www.festiofest.cz).

Twenty-four films will be screened during the 10th edition of the European Film Festival in Malta which begins April 12 and lasts through May 8. The event is organised by the European Commission Representation in Malta.

Bulgaria's Nu Boyana Studios has signed a cooperation agreement with the National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts (NATFA) under which it will provide €35,000 to finance student films made at the academy.

Polish pay-TV operator Cyfrowy Polsat, which has delayed a listing on the Warsaw Stock Exchange twice due to turbulent market conditions, will hold its initial public offering later this month, Reuters is reporting. The news agency quoted a source on April 1 as saying a prospectus would be issued April 10.


French actor and director Gerard Depardieu will arrive in Bulgaria later this year to shoot a film, according to media reports citing producer Gianfranco Pierantoni from Nimar Studios Ltd.

The Imperial War Museum in London has opened a second exhibition of Polish firms and documentaries as part of a unique program called "Polish Paths to Freedom." The current segment focuses on the period from the beginning of the Stalinist period to the workers' revolt on the Baltic coast in 1970.