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Frankie Goes to Ottakring

Frankie Goes to Ottakring

At Brunnenmarkt in Ottakring you can get a kilo of ripe tomatoes or juicy peaches for €1 – a decent price, that makes Brunnenmarkt and nearby Yppenplatz popular with immigrants and young hipsters who enjoy their late-afternoon breakfast at one of the market restaurants.  Its melting pot character has also made the area a battleground […]

Kurier Romy Film and TV Awards

The gala ceremony for the 24th annual ROMY Awards will be held this year on 20 April. The awards, in partnership with the Austrian daily Kurier, aim to support film and television professionals in the domestic industry and broaden the film and television landscape, giving awards in seven categories. The Kurier ROMY is the only […]

Still Waiting For A Slice of the Cake

They are talented, well educated, fluent in several languages, and highly dedicated. Newspapers, television and radio stations depend on them. And yet, freelance journalists are struggling to make a living from their work, while their prospects of ever gaining full employment in the media seem increasingly illusory. Now, freelancers are banding together to demand a […]

Caught In The Act

Caught In The Act

It’s a familiar scene in Vienna: Officers of the so-called foreigners’ police (Fremdenpolizei) take action against asylum seekers or illegal refugees, while anti-deportation activists stand by documenting the procedure on hand-held cameras. The police don’t like it, but what can they do? Plenty, it seems. In a dramatic recent case involving a family with a […]

ORF: The Party Channel

ORF: The Party Channel

Vienna, 9 Aug. 2011. Behind closed doors, the governing council of the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (ORF) – the so-called Stiftungsrat – re-appoints Alexander Wrabetz for a second term as the broadcaster’s director general. There are no votes against and there is lots of congratulatory back-slapping for the press. But the backroom deals soon emerge: Two […]

Re-claiming ORF

Re-claiming ORF

The Brazenness Before the Fall, 20 Jan. by Bernhard Lichtenberger Niko Pelinka threw in the towel, and his not-to-be boss Alexander Wrabetz waved the white flag of capitulation. Of course, previously the ORF director general practiced the typically Austrian custom of “sitting it out”, in the hope that resistance against his political horse-trading would ebb. […]

The Revolution Will Be Televised

The Revolution Will Be Televised

It was perhaps the Austrian broadcasting corporation’s (ORF) biggest hit: Launched before Christmas, the reality TV show “Who Wants To Be A Media Exec?” kept audiences in Austria – and even Germany – under a spell until 18 Jan., when their favourite candidate, the dashing and dastardly Nikolaus Pelinka, quit the show saying he no longer tolerated […]

Beyond Institutions

With their backroom politicking at the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (ORF) exposed, the nation’s politicians have shown scant remorse. According to Werner Faymann: “Parties having no say at all, that doesn’t exist in all of Europe!” To see this as cynical would be to misunderstand Austrian political culture: There is little sense of an overarching “public […]

TV fee: no exceptions

As of Jan., the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (ORF) has been charging user fees to all households that are technically able to receive its radio and television channels. The move means that households can no longer sidestep the broadcasting licence fee even if they do not use their TV or radio connections. According to the daily […]

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