Polish television is not doing the job. This is what a part of the program board thinks

  • On May 26, the report on the implementation of the general mission in 2021 was voted on by TVP.
  • Not all council members agreed that Telewizja Polska fulfilled its mission. They proved their point by calling several complaints about public radio to the National Broadcasting Council
  • “TVP Info, news programs and current affairs programs broadcast on other antennas have all been transformed into a propaganda channel for the government and the ruling party, on a scale unprecedented in a democratic world” — stated inter alia by Joanna Schoring-Wilgos, Iona Shlidzynska-Kataracinska and Krzysztof loft
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The Board’s report on the implementation of the public mission in 2021 was approved by the TVP Programming Board on May 26. Some of its members offered a dissenting opinion.

Impartiality and reliability at TVP

Joanna Schoring-Wilgos, Iona Shlidzyska-Kataracinska, Artur Andrciak, Janusz Daszynski and Krzysztof Luft indicated that in recent months, in response to their complaints, they had received several responses from Witold Kolodzijski, president of the National Broadcasting Council. The impartiality and reliability of TVP broadcasts.

He goes, among other things to respond to the complaint for the repetition of the recall in “Wiadomości” in Donald Tusk’s words in German – “für Deutschland”. In response to a complaint by Krzysztof Luft, Iwona Śledzińska-Katarasińska and Janusz Daszczyński, members of the TVP Programming Council, Witold Kołodziejski, Chairman of the National Board of Directors, said in mid-May.

Also in November 2021, the National Broadcasting Board, in response to another complaint from Krzysztof Luft, stated that the measures applied by “Wiadomości” (eg, the inclusion of the words “für Deutschland”, spoken by Tusk) in the materials, do not constitute information neutrality in the sense What is meant by the provisions of the media law.

TVP is the mouthpiece for government propaganda

“The same responses to complaints about “Wiadomości” and TVP Info have also been received by many viewers in recent months” – Joanna Schoring Vielgos, Iona Shlidzyska-Katarasioska, Artur Andrciak, Janusz Daszynski and Christoph Luft in a separate sentence confirmed the decision of the Program Board to approve the report of the Board of Directors Management on the implementation of the general mission in 2021

In their opinion, the responses of the National Broadcasting Council mean that the public task in the field of media and journalism was not carried out by the TVP in accordance with the law. They stated that “both the TVP Info news program and the news and current affairs programs broadcast on other channels have been transformed into a propaganda channel for the government and the ruling party, on a scale unprecedented in a democratic world.”

Krzysztof Luft, a member of the TVP Program Council, and a former member of the National Broadcasting Council, explains to Presserwis that the program board has never agreed to a proposal by some of its members to commission outside experts to evaluate TVP’s news and current. Affairs programs. – That is why we turn to the National Broadcasting Council in this regard. Luft says it is a body set up, among other things, to ensure that broadcasters implement the provisions of the Broadcasting Act, and there is no more important authority on this matter in Poland.

He also adds, the TVP Program Council, which is appointed to advise on programming matters, should not ignore the positions of the National Broadcasting Council. – Apparently, other members are not bothered by the fact that TVP regularly violates the provisions of the law, which is regularly stipulated by the National Broadcasting Council – evaluates.

restoring basic principles

In addition, at the meeting on May 26, the majority of the Programming Board rejected the draft resolution proposed by Krzysztof Luft on the violation of Art. 21 of the broadcast law.

“Given the systematic findings of the National Broadcasting Board, in response to complaints, regarding the violation of Article 21 of the Broadcasting Act in TVP News Broadcasting, the TVP Program Board expects that the TVP SA Board will take immediate and decisive action to restore compliance with the fundamental rights and principles enshrined in the Act It can be read in the decision rejected by the Program Board.

The TVP Program Council is an advisory body with 15 members, 10 of whom are appointed by parliamentary groups, and five by the National Media Council among the proposals made by organizations working in the field of media and culture.

The president of the council is PiS senator Wojciech Skorkevich, and the two vice-chairs are Artur Andreciak, a Libyan Socialist Party activist, and a PiS activist, Waldemar Andzel.

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