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TVP. PiS defends propaganda. Bartłomiej Sienkiewicz reacts to the decision regarding the new “president” of TVP

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Minister of Culture and National Heritage Bartłomiej Sienkiewicz said that the resolution of the dismissed TVP supervisory board on delegating its member Maciej Łopiński to the position of president of the company’s management board is “legally ineffective because it was adopted by a non-existent body.”

Last Tuesday, 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. The Ministry of Culture announced in Wednesday’s announcement that the head of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, Bartłomiej Sienkiewicz, referring to the Commercial Companies Code, dismissed the current presidents of the management boards of Telewizja Polska, Polskie Radio and Polish Press Agency and their supervisory boards on December 19 this year.

“Delegated to the position of president”

On Monday, December 25 Maciej Łopiński announced in a letter published on social mediathat 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. As he pointed out, this decision was made due to the resignation of the current president, Mateusz Matyszkowicz, from his position.

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The Minister of Culture and National Heritage, Bartłomiej Sienkiewicz, referred to this information in a statement published on the X website.

He declared that in connection with the dismissal on December 19, 2023 by the Company’s General Meeting of Shareholders (GM) of the previous Supervisory Board of the Company and the appointment of a new Supervisory Board of the Company by the General Meeting on that day, all actions of the Supervisory Board dismissed by the General Meeting of Shareholders are invalid by operation of law.

“Therefore, the resolution of the dismissed Supervisory Board of the Company of December 24, 2023 on delegating a member of the dismissed Supervisory Board (Mr. Maciej Łopiński) to the position of President of the Management Board of the Company is legally ineffective because it was adopted by a non-existent body,” he stated.

Sienkiewicz added that the procedure for appointing the Supervisory Board of the Company dismissed on December 19, 2023 by the National Media Council was defective from a constitutional point of view, which results from the judgment of the Constitutional Tribunal of December 13, 2016.

“Because the body which, according to the Constitution, should have the power to appoint and dismiss the authorities of companies implementing the mission of public media, i.e. the National Broadcasting Council, was deprived of this competence by the amendment to the Broadcasting Act (made by the previous parliamentary majority on December 30, 2015 ), and this competence was granted to the National Media Council contrary to the Constitution (as follows from the above-mentioned judgment of the Constitutional Tribunal), Currently, the only authority authorized to dismiss and appoint the Company’s Supervisory Board in accordance with the provisions of the Commercial Companies Code is the General Meeting of Shareholders, at which the State Treasury (100 percent owner) is represented by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage“- we read in the statement.

Bartłomiej SienkiewiczPiotr Nowak/PAP

“Currently, the legal Supervisory Board of the Company, appointed at the General Meeting of Shareholders on December 19, 2023, is composed of: Mr. Piotr Zemła – Chairman, Mr. Maciej Taborowski – Vice-Chairman, Ms. Anisa Gnacikowska – Secretary. The President of the Management Board of the Company, appointed by the Supervisory Board of the Company on December 19, 2023, is Mr. Tomasz Sygut,” the minister said.

At the same time, he announced that it would be initiated soon legislative process aimed at implementing the judgment of the Constitutional Tribunal in case K 13/16, i.e. statutory restoration of the constitutional role National Broadcasting Council in the field of appointing and dismissing bodies of media companies and safeguarding freedom of speech, the right to information and the public interest in radio and television broadcasting.

Main photo source: Piotr Nowak/PAP



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