Czech national broadcaster to apologize to President Klaus

Czech Public Television has said it would apologize to President Vaclav Klaus for broadcasting footage of Mr. Klaus warming up ahead of his New Year’s address to the nation. The president was shown swinging his arms back and forth and doing some simple exercises as he prepared for the live transmission on New Year’s Day. Czech Television later used some of this footage in its Sunday current affairs programme without the president’s knowledge or permission. The head of Czech Television’s news and current affairs department Michal Petrov said he considered this a serious blunder and would personally apologize to the president. He said the person responsible would be punished in line with internal regulations.