The Polish broadcaster TVN has brushed off fears that it will be impacted by government plans to limit the levels of foreign ownership in media companies.
At the same time, quoting TVN’s head Jim Samples, speaking to Forbes Polska, Wirtualne Media reports that it has no plans to sell its news channel TVN24.
Poland’s Ministry of Culture and National Heritage has been working with the regulator KRRiT and competition authority UOKiK on plans to limit media concentration since the beginning of this year.
These would probably impact most severely the press sector, which has a high level of German ownership.
Indeed, Samples pointed out in his interview that three of the four leading broadcasters in Poland – TVP, Polsat and TV Puls – are locally owned.
TVN, on the other hand, is backed by the US’s Scripps Networks Interactive, which has already invested a considerable amount in the country and will continue to do so even if ownership restrictions are introduced.