USA warns Poland of license renewal for Discovery’s own news channel

USA warns Poland of license renewal for Discovery’s own news channel


Future American investments in Poland could be jeopardized if the country does not renew the license of the 24-hour news broadcaster TVN24, said Derek Chollet, advisor to the U.S. State Department, on Thursday, referring to potential new Polish laws against its property by the American media company Discovery Inc.

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Future American investments in Poland could be jeopardized if the country does not renew the license of the 24-hour news broadcaster TVN24, said Derek Chollet, advisor to the U.S. State Department, on Thursday, referring to potential new Polish laws against its property by the American media company Discovery Inc.

The broadcaster is in the process of renewing its license, but the ruling nationalist Law and Justice (PiS) party is planning legislative changes that could force Discovery to sell a majority stake.

The National Broadcasting Council (KRRiT) voted Thursday on the TVN24 license, which expires on September 26, but the results were inconclusive.

“This is a very significant American investment here in Poland. And if the license is not renewed, there may be an impact on future US investments …” Chollet said in an interview with TVN24.

He added that he had raised the issue at meetings with Polish officials.

TVN is the largest American investment in Poland, valued at over $ 1 billion.

In July, the PiS legislature submitted amendments to the Broadcasting Act to Parliament that would prevent companies outside the European Economic Area from controlling Polish radio and television stations.

The proposed changes have fueled tensions between Poland and the US and sparked new criticism from Polish opposition groups that the PiS wants to restrict media freedom.

PiS argues that foreign companies have too much influence in the media sector and distort the public debate.

“Freedom of the media is absolutely critical,” said Chollet.

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