New media law for Poland

By Chris Dziadul | May 22, 2009

The Polish parliament (Sejm) has passed a new media law.

The legislation, which still needs to be approved by the European Commission before reaching the statute book, will see a number of far-reaching changes in the countryís TV industry.

The most important of these will be the scrapping of receiver licence fees in 2010, along with a restructuring of both the National Broadcasting Council (KRRiT), one of the two regulatory bodies, and the public broadcaster TVPís regional operations.

In the place of fees will come a programme licensing scheme and the guarantee of around PLN900 million (Ä205.8 million) of state funding a year for TVP and its radio counterpart.