Power Structures, Programming, Cooperation and Defiance at Czech Radio 1939-1945
6. 1941 – Scurla Tightens the Screws
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The New Year of 1941 was to witness some of the most radical changes that Czech Radio had encountered since the start of the occupation. On 11 March 1941, company founder Ladislav Šourek was sent into pension on the grounds that he had reached the official pension age of 60.487 The real reason was that Schneider had conspired to have Šourek removed after receiving information from Pěkný that Šourek was having their offices spied on.488 Undoubtedly, Šourek’s removal also played rather well into Scurla’s hands as it eliminated a Czech director with considerably more experience than Scurla himself had. From Maras’s and Schneider’s perspectives this also meant that their former boss, from pre-Munich days, was gone. Furthermore, it reduced the numbers on the company’s board to just two: Masařík and Scurla, as no replacement for Šourek took over this position.
Six weeks later, on 28 April 1941, it was these two remaining board members, Masařík and Scurla, who signed a contract with a cartel of seven recording companies binding Czech Radio to use these companies’ products for any recordings Czech Radio did not produce itself.489 The five Berlin-based companies in the cartel included well-known brands such as Deutsche Grammophon, Electrola and the Telefunkenplatte GmbH. Of the two Prague-based firms – Esta and Ultraphon – the latter was also the general representative of Telefunkenplatte for the Protectorate. Article 10 of the contract stipulated a minimum fee of RM60,000 (K600,000) regardless of the number of recordings Czech...
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