A parliamentary debate on controversial amendments to Poland’s Broadcasting Act that could see the Discovery-owned Polish national broadcaster TVN lose all its licences has been put back until next month.
Wirtualne Media reports that this follows disagreements between members of the PiS (Law and Justice)-led coalition over the so-called ‘TVN law’ that could result in it failing to secure a majority in any vote.
The proposed amendments have been widely criticised as they would require the owners of broadcast services operating in Poland to be based in the EU. This would effectively exclude Discovery from operating in the country.
An alternative proposal widening the requirement to OECD countries, of which the US is a member, is unlikely to be acceptable to PiS.
A debate on the amendments now looks likely to be held on August 13.