Cover Osteuropa 11-12/2006

In Osteuropa 11-12/2006

Media Power Play
Television and Radio in Poland

Michał Maliszewski

Deutsche Fassung


The media market in Poland is undergoing a development similar to what can be seen in all of the other countries of Europe: Public television and radio are losing members of their viewing audiences to private broadcasters, smaller broadcasters are being swallowed by the competition, and international media corporations are dividing up the market among themselves. But in Poland, public television has been able to defend its dominant position so far. For politicians, this makes it a much sought-after instrument for influencing public opinion. The attempt to exert political control over the media has intensified under the current government. It has transformed the television and radio council into a pliable organ and, with that, secured for itself access to the public media where personnel and programming are concerned.

(Osteuropa 11-12/2006, pp. 271–282)