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March 18, 2009   
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Dancers on TVP2
Public television's TVP2 channel will air the first episode of a new series called Tancerze (Dancers) in April. Featuring lots of dancing and music, the program follows the fortunes of ambitious students and of their teachers at a prestigious performing arts academy.

The main roles are played by popular Polish actors Magdalena Walach, Katarzyna Cichopek, Marcin Dorociński, and Wojciech Mecwaldowski. Some of the dance school students are played by contestants in popular TV dance shows. The series is directed by Bruce Parramore and Barbara Borkała.

Tancerze is the Polish version of a Spanish show entitled UPA, based on the American series Fame from 1982-1987, the winner of three Golden Globe awards and 11 Emmies.

All Set for Opole Festival
The format of this year's 46th Polish Song Festival in Opole, to be held June 12-14, has been approved by the management board of public broadcaster Telewizja Polska, the producer of the event. During the festival, established Polish music acts will perform their new songs. The best acts will receive the Superjedynki awards from television viewers and the festival will also see a number of young talents making a stage debut.

The Opole festival will start with a concert entitled Dobre, bo (o)polskie-Gwiazdy TV, featuring Poland's most popular TV and movie stars who will sing hit songs made famous by singers, songwriters and composers known from previous festivals in Opole.

Festival audiences will also have a chance to take in the traditional Kabareton show featuring popular comedy acts. The artistic director of the Opole festival is Roman Rogowiecki, the deputy director for artistic shows and entertainment for the TVP1 public television channel.

Terrestrial TV to Go Digital
Digital terrestrial TV services will finally be launched in Poland, following agreements between the National Radio and Television Council (KRRiT), the Office of Electronic Communications, and broadcasters.

The process will be carried out in stages on the basis of an announcement by the chairman of the KRRiT, printed in the Monitor Polski official gazette March 6. The announcement concerns the launch of the country's first digital multiplex.

The first multiplex has room for seven television channels, including public TVP1, TVP2 and TVP Info, and four private channels, TVN, Polsat, TV4 and TV Puls-all of which are currently aired via analog terrestrial signal. The private channels will be available on the first multiplex if their owners apply for a broadcasting license extension with the KRRiT by April 14.

The move to digital signal is inevitable, because, under EU regulations, protection of Polish analog signal will expire in 2015, exposing it to interference from transmitters in other countries. The cost of launching the first two digital multiplexes in Poland is estimated at zl.400 million.

At the end of last year, a group of Polish broadcasters and media companies called on the government to come with up a plan for "digitalizing" terrestrial television as soon as possible. Poland is among the least advanced countries worldwide in terms of introducing terrestrial digital television, according to the Polish Chamber of Digital Broadcasting (PIRC), an organization that brings together companies involved in digital broadcasting. Under European Union recommendations, analog TV signal in Poland-which is received by over 5 million households-should be phased out here by 2012.

Mobile TV on Its Way
The Info-TV-FM company has won a bidding process to operate mobile TV in Poland. Info-TV-FM bid zl.15 million for the right to use radio frequencies to air 16 TV channels received by cell phones and other portable devices. The company will launch its mobile TV services in three to four months in selected cities in Poland.

Layoffs at TVP Info
Following in the footsteps of private broadcasters Superstacja and Polsat News, public news channel TVP Info has decided to lay off staff as a cost-cutting measure. According to the Wirtualnemedia.pl website, seven people have lost their jobs at TVP Info in recent weeks, while Polsat News has laid off 20 or so employees, and news and entertainment channel Superstacja has got rid of 11.
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