Station gets regional Prague frequency for 60 days

PRAGUE — The Czech Broadcasting Council has granted TV3 a temporary terrestrial license for a previously unused regional Prague frequency. The license, awarded on Jan. 24, is valid for 60 days.

TV3’s investors, American-backed European Media Ventures and the station’s former license holder, Martin Kindernay, have been locked in a battle over the station since September.

That’s when EMV and Kindernay reached an agreement to transfer the license to a Luxembourg company owned by EMV.

The Broadcasting Council refused permission, and Kindernay transferred the license to a Czech company owned solely by him.

The Broadcasting Council is expected to revoke Kindernay’s license and call for a new license tender when TV3’s temporary license ends.

Current front-runner TV3 has already announced its plans to bid for the license, which would likely combine both Kindernay’s license and the TV3 frequency.

Other potential bidders include a Slovak group that operates a local news channel in Bratislava and Kindernay.

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