The amendment to the Broadcasting Act will open the possibility for the Polish regulator to be involved in the potential acquisition of shares by entities from outside the European Economic Area, said Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on Thursday, adding that each country has the right to improve its regulations.
The prime minister referred to a recent statement by US Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimongo in which she stressed that “efforts to restrict US investment in Poland will damage the US and Polish economies and undercut our shared commitment to a free and fair media”.
Critics of the proposed amendment voiced their concern that it was directed against the private TV broadcaster TVN, currently in talks with the National Broadcasting Council regarding the extension of their license. TVN is owned by the US giant Discovery, but it manages the station through the Polish Television Holding BV, registered in the Netherlands.
I was glad to speak today with Polish Deputy Prime Minister @Jaroslaw_Gowin to underscore that efforts to restrict U.S. investment in Poland will damage the U.S. and Polish economies and undercut our shared commitment to a free and fair media. pic.twitter.com/6q6UENsWoR— Secretary Gina Raimondo (@SecRaimondo) July 21, 2021