TVN24 eventually won. On September 22, four days before the license was due to expire, TVN24 received a new license to operate its channel in Poland, but this win is bittersweet. Just days before the license was due to expire on September 26. Another TVN channel – TVN7, a general entertainment channel – is up for renewal in February 2022. Once again, the Polish government is sending signals that it might not renew this license.
When TVN24’s license was renewed, the Polish National Broadcasting Council (KRRiT) simultaneously adopted resolutions on foreign ownership. Then on October 27, the KRRiT Chairman requested the President, Prime Minister, and other constitutional authorities to examine whether the Broadcasting Act – article on foreign ownership – complies with the Polish Constitution. This is an effort to achieve the same result as “Lex TVN”, but through the Tribunal.
We will continue the national effort to protect media freedom in Poland, democratic norms, and the U.S.-Poland alliance.