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Sextet makes digital plea to Lauder

Czech TV Council re-evaluating its rules

PRAGUE — Six Czech players trying to break into the digital TV market have sent a letter to Ron Lauder, leading investor in the country’s top terrestrial, TV Nova, asking him to back their bids for licenses in the interest of “the principles of plurality and democracy.”

Lauder, in Prague for a meeting of the board of Nova’s parent, Central European Media Enterprises (CME), gave no immediate response to the letter, which argues that TV Nova’s lawsuit last year prevented the stations from going live even though they already had obtained their digital TV licenses from the state.

TV Nova, whose own application for a license was denied, appealed in September, calling the process biased and nontransparent. The station later withdrew its appeal, but the digital permits have remained frozen while the licensing body, the Czech Radio and Television Broadcasting Council, continues to re-evaluate its rules.

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