Polish regulations renew license for channels owned by Discovery | WGN 720 radio

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Warsaw, Poland (AP) – Polish broadcasting regulators extended their license to Discovery Inc.’s TVN24 at the last moment on Wednesday, but asked a US company to sell a controlling stake in the TV news channel. We also adopted a resolution which puts pressure on us. I criticize the Polish government.

Known for its Polish acronym KRRiT, the National Broadcasting Council has delayed the renewal of its TVN24 license by almost two years. Independent TV channels are watched daily in Poland by millions of people. The current license expires on Sunday.

The ruling law and justice party has sometimes blamed the channel. He is also trying to push through parliament a law banning the non-European ownership of broadcasters, a measure that is seen as an effort to restrict the freedom of the Polish media. But the party cannot be sure that it will get enough votes for the law.

Before extending the TVN24 license, the council unanimously adopted a resolution stipulating that non-European owners cannot own more than 49% of the capital of Polish radio or television stations.

This resolution is seen as a move to force Discovery to sell most of its shares in TVN24 and its sister channel in Poland without having to pass controversial legislation.

Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the leader of the ruling Law and Justice Party, has repeatedly stated that he wants the Polish media to be controlled by Polish owners.

Since coming to power in 2015, the party has made the public TVP a spokesperson.

Polish regulations renew license for channels owned by Discovery | WGN 720 radio

Polish regulations renew license for channels owned by Discovery | WGN 720 radio


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