Polish media law draws closer

A clearer picture of the future of public service broadcasting in Poland is beginning to emerge.

In a wide-ranging interview in Gazeta Prawna, Tadeusz Kowalski, the head of the group formulating the country’s new media law, has outlined proposed changes to the funding and programming of TVP, the national public service broadcaster.

They envisage the scrapping of receiver licence fees, to be replaced by the allocation of part of the VAT paid by the media sector.

A new system of licensing programming would also come into effect, designed to make TVP more responsive to its public service mission.

While the broadcaster will continue to carry commercials, its modus operandi will be less market driven than at present.