Law and Justice MP Joanna Lichocka informs that the National Media Council has appointed Michał Adamczyk as the president of TVP. Marek Rutka, who is a member of the National Media Council, stated that Tomasz Sygut is the legal president of TVP.
The National Media Council has appointed Michał Adamczyk as the president of TVP – the Law and Justice MP announced on social media on Tuesday Joanna Lichocka.
“His main task is to restore corporate governance and stop activities to the detriment of the company. We hope that the Minister of Culture will stop breaking the law,” Lichocka said on the X platform.
TVN24 reporter Jan Piotrowski found that the National Media Council had chosen Michał Adamczyk as the head of TVP by a vote of 3 to 2. When asked by minority members of the Council about how he imagined working at TVP, he was said to have said that he would try to “get a stamp and get into to the building.”
It follows that Michał Adamczyk is already the third recently appointed president of TVP, after Maciej Łopiński, who on December 24, based on the resolution of the previous Supervisory Board of Telewizja Polska SA, was delegated to the position of president of the Management Board of TVP, and Tomasz Sygut, who was appointed on December 19 by the new Minister of Culture and National Heritage, just after Bartłomiej Sienkiewicz, the head of the Ministry of Culture, dismissed the current members of the management boards and supervisory boards of TVP, PAP and Polskie Radio.
Rutka: a somewhat bizarre, grotesque, and largely embarrassing situation
Marek Rutka, who is a member of the National Media Council (appointed to it by the Left), announced that he voted against Adamczyk’s candidacy. He added that Sunday’s Council meeting was “quite bizarre.” – Of course, we didn’t know why we were really meeting. As usual, at the last minute, an item was added to the agenda under the title elections neo-president – he added.
When asked about the current head of the supervisory board of TVP, Maciej Łopiński, who in a letter published on social media informed that on December 24, based on the resolution of the Supervisory Board of Telewizja Polska SA, he was delegated to the position of president of the Management Board of TVP, Rutka informed that the National Media Council at the Sunday meeting of Łopiński did not she canceled.
– I have the impression that the National Media Council and the chairman are probably a bit lost in all this. Maybe at the moment we have a situation where there is an acting Mr. Łopiński and there is also a neo-president or an understudy president, Mr. Michał Adamczyk. The situation is a bit bizarre, grotesque, and largely embarrassing, he said.
When asked who, in his opinion, is the legal president of TVP, the Council representative emphasized that it was Tomasz Sygut. He pointed out that during the Council meeting he appealed for the Council to “de-escalate the tensions” that are at Plac Powstańców (the headquarters of TVP Info) but also at ul. Woronicza in Warsaw (TVP headquarters).
– Today we need to behave responsibly and not pour gasoline on the fire. The election of this double president or neo-president, Mr. Michał Adamczyk, is a very irresponsible action – emphasized the RMN member.
Changes in public media
On December 19, the Sejm adopted a resolution on the restoration of legal order and the impartiality and reliability of the public media and the Polish Press Agency.
December 20 after 11.00 TVP Info stopped broadcasting. The station’s website also did not work. Regional television stations also did not broadcast their programs. At. At 7.30 p.m., instead of “Wiadomości”, TVP published a short statement by journalist Marek Czyż, who announced that from Thursday he would broadcast a “TVP news program” without “propaganda soup”. News programs returned to TVP only on Thursday evening.
The changes in public television were commented on by the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights in a statement. “The current way of functioning of Polish Television, Polish Radio and the Polish Press Agency clearly contradicted what public media should be in a democratic state ruled by law,” the institution stated in its position. However, she also added that “the way in which changes in public media are initiated raises serious legal doubts.”
Main photo source: PAP/Kalbar