Polskie Radio has broadcast the full bugle call at noon, since 1927. The ceremony lasts almost five minutes, but now the organisation claims that listeners don’t want to wait that long to hear the midday news. In Kraków, the bugler in the Mariacki tower plays four times on the hour, towards each part of the city – as his predecessor did in 1240 to warn the entire city of the Mongol invasion. The original bugle call was cut off when the bugler was shot with an arrow, which is why today’s bugler stops mid-tune.
Polskie Radio’s new version includes only the first rendition. The move has angered some – among them Kraków mayor Jacek Majchrowski, who said that the city’s experience was that respect for tradition always paid off.