11.42 Europe/London, July 21, 2011 By Chris Dziadul

Polandís National Broadcasting Council (KRRiT) will officially hand out licences to the companies operating four commercial channels on the first DTT multiplex MUX-1 within a matter of days.

Quoted in Wirtualne Media, Agnieszka Ogrodowczyk, the director of the Councilís licensing department, said the delay had been brought about by the withdrawal of one of the original licence winners (Kino Polska TV).

She added that after receiving the licences the holders will have to apply to the Office of Electronic Communication (UKE) for frequencies and that the multiplex could launch in some parts of the country as soon as this autumn.

MUX-1 will be rolled out on a region-by-region basis and should be available throughout Poland in time for Euro 2012 football tournament next summer.

The licence holders for the four channels are Eska TV, ATM Grupa, Stavka and Lemon Records, the latter having replaced Kino Polska TV.

Polandís second and third DTT multiplexes are already operational.