The National Broadcasting Council has extended the license for TVN24. Before voting, however, it adopted a resolution on the activities of entities from outside the European Economic Area. – This is a purely political decision – said Dr. Krzysztof Grzegorzewski, a media expert from the University of Lodz, in the TVN24 program “Get up and know” on TVN24. He indicated two reasons for such a decision by the National Broadcasting Council.
National Broadcasting Council extended the license for TVN24 on Wednesday. The station has been waiting for this for over a year and a half. Teresa Brykczyńska, spokeswoman of the council, remarked that before the vote, the council unanimously adopted a resolution “on taking measures to organize the principles of broadcasting radio and television programs in Poland in the scope of the possibilities of operations of entities from outside the European Economic Area”. As she said before the vote on the concession, “without this resolution, the National Council will not vote on the concession”.
Media expert: it’s a political decision
– This is a purely political decision – said Dr. Krzysztof Grzegorzewski, a media expert from the University of Lodz, in the TVN24 program “Get up and know” on TVN24. He indicated two reasons “why the National Broadcasting Council did what it did”.
– The point is that one of the members of the National Council admitted that TVN could not “escape” under Dutch jurisdiction, which ensures greater freedom and freedom of speech, and remain under Polish jurisdiction, that is, the current government. That is why I believe that your problems are not over at all. Perhaps even new ones have started – said Grzegorzewski.
As he said, the second issue is the desire to “avoid putting the case on the judicial agenda, which would probably end up not renewing the concession”. – Or, on the other hand, to avoid accusing members of the National Council of committing a clerical crime, or to abandon their duties if they had not taken such a decision – added the expert.
Grzegorzewski: the goal was to humiliate TVN24
TVN24 waited for the license extension to exactly 594 days. – This delay was waiting for a political decision. It was the hope that this law (lex TVN – ed.), Fatal and inconsistent with the logic of media systems in the civilized world, would be able to be processed – said Grzegorzewski.
In his opinion, the whole thing was to humiliate TVN24. “But here the authorities got it wrong,” he said. In his opinion, however, the station “benefited from the whole row in terms of image, even a lot”. The viewers, and it is already visible, are following you – he pointed out.