Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

Artists appeal for STV boycott

AROUND 200 Slovak artists and intellectuals called on the public to boycott the public television Slovenská televízia (STV) in protest at the development that STV has taken.

The artists asked people not to watch STV today from 20:00 to 20:15, the daily SME reported.

According to the signatories of the appeal, which include well-known actor and comedian Milan Markovic, actor Andrej Hryc, and poet Boris Filan, the STV "bears a considerable part of the responsibility for the [bad] situation in culture in Slovakia".

They also think the situation at STV is "catastrophic".

The artists and people who used to work in STV such as former news anchor Ludmila Farkašovská said that the STV had succumbed to the "dictatorship of the majority's tastes" rather than endorsing quality culture through its programming.

Employees from all TV stations in Slovakia, apart from that of STV, participated in the public discussion. The STV did not even report the gathering in its main news programme on May 26.

According to Branislav Záhradník, a member of STV’s management, people in Slovakia have a totally different view of STV from that presented by the group of artists.

He added that "it is very snobbish when a group of Bratislava intellectuals pushes through its interests".

Compiled by Martina Jurinová from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

Top stories

End of investigative show a cause for concern

Media freedom watchdogs believe the scrapping of the only investigative show on public-service television is a threat to its independence.

Jaroslav Rezník

Proxy for Roma criticises minister Kaliňák for ethnical and group discrimination

The government proxy slammed Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák for the draft law on repressing criminality in Roma settlements, for populist discrimination and preferring repression to prevention.

Roma communities, illustrative stock photo

Slovak racer Svitko finished at Dakar Video

After a serious fall in the tenth leg, Slovak motorcyclist Štefan Svitko resigned from the 40th year of the Dakar Rally due to pain in his upper body.

Štefan Svitko

Carmakers in Slovakia produced more than one million cars last year

2018 will be critical for Slovakia’s automotive industry, claim sector’s representatives.

Most cars produced in Slovakia head for export.