Any prospect of the Czech digital channel Febio TV ever making its debut looks to have been finally extinguished.
According to E15, Fero Fenic, the founder of the film and TV production company Febio, has decided to close the company, which has produced over 1,300 programmes in its 18-year existence. His reason for doing so is the declining interest in independent documentary filmmaking in the Czech Republic.
Febio was one of six companies to be awarded digital TV licences in 2006 that were withdrawn but subsequently reinstated. However, it failed to secure sufficient financial backing to launch a service.
Ironically, Febio’s last productions are likely to be for Barrandov TV, another of the licence holders, which made its debut in January 2009.