Poland’s National Broadcasting Council (KRRiT) is looking into the possibility of changing the must-carry rules that currently apply in the country.
Quoted in Satkurier, the Council’s deputy head Witold Grabos said that it is coming round to the view that must carry should apply to not only all public service channels but also services fulfilling certain programming criteria (as, for instance, offering cultural or educational content).
In the latter case, they could secure must-carry status for a period of five years, with the possibility of renewal for further terms.
Under the terms of the current Polish broadcast law, cable operators (not DTH platforms), are required to first and foremost offer national public channels, followed by regional public, social broadcasters and then other services.
However, the legislation has yet to be fully harmonised with European law.