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May 7, 2008   
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Lower Receipts from License Fees

Poland's public radio and television broadcasters reported lower receipts from license fees paid by viewers last year. Public television stations received zl.515 million from license fees last year, 1.5 percent less than in 2006, and public radio stations received zl.188.5 million, or 7.23 percent less than in 2006, according to reports public stations submitted to the National Broadcasting Council (KRRiTV). Public broadcasters' earnings from commercials and sponsored broadcasts reached zl.1.3 billion and zl.59 million respectively.

Poland Behind in Broadband Access

Poland lags behind most other European Union countries in terms of broadband internet access. According to a report published by the European Commission, only 8.4 percent of Poland's population has access to broadband services. Bulgaria is the only EU member country that trails Poland.

In their report, European Commission experts highlighted the still-dominant market share of Telekomunikacja Polska SA, a national operator that was until recently a monopoly in Poland's telecommunications sector. The company controls 58.6 percent of Poland's broadband lines, far more than other former monopolies in other EU countries. The position of Telekomunikacja Polska is even stronger when it comes to fixed telephone lines. The company owns 98.7 percent of these lines nationwide.

TVP Gives up Film Channel Plans

Poland's public television company, TVP, has given up plans to launch a specialty movie channel, TVP Film, that was to reach viewers via satellite. The company has asked the National Broadcasting Council to revoke its license for TVP Film. TVP received the license in August last year, but has now decided that the channel has poor prospects for development.

RMF FM Most Popular Radio Station

Cracow-based private radio station RMF FM is still the most popular radio broadcaster in Poland, according to the latest Radio Track survey conducted from January to March by Millward Brown SMG/KRC market research agency. In the analyzed period, RMF FM's market share was 23.3 percent, up from 22.4 percent in January-March last year. RMF FM was ahead of Radio Zet, which held 18.8 percent of the market, down from 19.2 percent in January-March 2007. Public Radio 1, with 12.5 percent, was down from 12.9 percent. Public Radio 3, with 5.6 percent, was down from 6.6 percent. The Catholic Radio Maryja station, with 2.4 percent, was up from 2.2 percent. Public Radio 2 had 0.5 percent, versus 0.7 percent. Radio Bis had 0.3 percent, the same as in January-March 2007.
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