In Business News: average monthly wages grow by 6.9 percent - 3.9 percent in real terms; the government approves a steep rise in excise duty on tobacco products; tens of thousands of Ukrainian workers are taking the opportunity to legalise their status and escape the influence of criminal middlemen, says the country's ambassador; sales of downloads slow a continuing fall in overall music sales; the BBC changes its licence and gets to stay on the Czech airwaves; and Eurotel is now operating under the name O2.
Monthly wages rise significantly
Steep rise in excise duty on tobacco products
Conditions much better for Ukrainian workers, says ambassador
Downloads help slow fall in music sales
Sales of music downloaded from the internet in the Czech Republic increased by 400 percent in the first half of this year, the Czech branch of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry said this week. An IFPI spokesperson said this huge increase went some way to making up for the long-term fall in sales of CDs and cassettes - overall sales were down 3.2 percent in the first six months of 2006.
BBC to stay on Czech airwaves after change to licence
The Czech broadcasting council has approved a request by BBC Radiocom, holder of the BBC's broadcasting licence, for a change to its licence conditions. The ruling means that the BBC World Service can continue to broadcast in FM in the Czech Republic, with two three-hour blocks of the Czech language Radio Cesko every day. BBC Radiocom changed the terms of its original application after the broadcasting council objected to the fact that its blocks of Radio Cesko amounted to re-broadcasting, which the BBC licence did not permit.
Eurotel now operating under name O2
Friday's Czech newspapers are completely dominated by advertisements announcing the name change of mobile phone operator Eurotel to O2. The change is part of Telefonica's purchase of Eurotel's owner Cesky Telecom. O2 is also the new sponsor of the Czech Republic's ice hockey team.