Published: 10.42 Europe/London, June 9, 2011

Jiri Janecek is to step down as head of the Czech public broadcaster Ceske Televize (CT) on August 31.

According to E15, he announced his decision at a CT Council meeting, citing health reasons.

Janecek is the longest serving CEO of CT, having assumed the post in 2003 and being subsequently re-elected in 2009.

Petr Dvorak, the former head of the CME-owned commercial broadcaster TV Nova, is understood to be one of the front-runners for the position.