Radio Prostor begins broadcasting 

Jiří Kalemba
Jiří Kalemba will host the weekday morning slot from 7:00 to 10:00. Photo: Radio Prostor

At 6:00 on the morning of 24 July, a new voice in Czech radio emerged as Radio Prostor began its first broadcast, replacing the original Radio Zet. When the clock strikes 18:00, it switches over to relay the world-renowned BBC World Service until 6:00 the following morning.

"We are for those who think about 'where our world is going'. We champion clear, factual, neutral discourse, free of dogma, prejudice or cliché. We want to become a cornerstone of your lifestyle. We firmly believe that our station offers a 'space' for everyone," reads the station's manifesto on its website.

Jiří Kalemba, a former Czech Television sports pundit, will host the weekday morning slot from 7:00 to 10:00. From mid-August, it will be followed by a live hour-long discussion with Markéta Rachmanová and invited guests on the issues of the day.

Every weekday at 13:30 and 17:00, the news is presented by journalist Luboš Procházka as part of the "Sečteno" (Counted Up) programme. Another recurring programme, "Prostor pro dva" (Space for Two), fills the 16:00 slot with a rotating cast of presenters. The week starts with Jiří Kalemba on Monday, followed by Luboš Procházka on Tuesday, Markéta Rachmanová on Wednesday, Marek Stoniš on Thursday and ends with Hana Vítková on Friday.

At the helm of Radio Prostor's content is Petr Vladyka, who advocates openness: "Perhaps the most distinctive aspect of Radio Prostor in today's market is our commitment to a broad spectrum of opinions. It's a simple statement, but one that poses significant challenges in practice. We've got a lot of hard work - and fun - ahead of us.

Radio Prostor broadcasts nationwide, using the frequencies of the former Czech BBC service. It is owned by SPM Media, headed by Marek Španěl and Slavomír Pavlíček, the founders of the Bohemia Interactive game studio. The family of companies also includes the digital daily newspaper Echo24.