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August 26, 2010   
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New Head for New Council
Jan Dworak, who was president of the public television company in 2004-2006, has taken over as the new chairman of the National Radio and Television Council (KRRiT). The first session of the new council was held Aug. 10.

A new council had to be chosen after both houses of parliament and the president rejected the KRRiT’s report for the previous year—for the first time in the council’s history.

“The most important task for the new council is to speed up work on the digitalization of the Polish media and also to implement an amended law on broadcasting and license fees,” Dworak said after his appointment.

The council has appealed to television viewers to pay their TV license fees; today, under 50 percent of viewers pay their license fees.

One of the most controversial tasks the council faces in the coming weeks is to appoint new managers for the public media. The opposition Law and Justice (PiS) party has accused the ruling Civic Platform (PO) of seeking to seize control of the public media, especially the public television broadcaster TVP. For the past few years this company has been managed by executives linked to PiS; it openly supported PiS leader Jarosław Kaczyński during the recent presidential campaign.

Science Tackles the Big Questions
Are there any properly posed questions that science is unable to answer? Will the universe expand for all eternity? Do current theories say anything about the beginning of the universe? These and other questions will be discussed during “Uncertain Aspects of the Universe,” a debate opening the 14th Science Festival in Warsaw Sept. 18.

The festival’s nine days will feature about 500 events prepared by more than 100 Warsaw scientific and educational institutions as well as museums and cultural institutions. The events will include “evenings with science,” youth science clubs, weekend meetings, debates, shows, lectures, and workshops related to science and the humanities. Some of the events, such as the Children’s Science Festival, are targeted at elementary and junior high school students and at even younger children.

“At a time when so many people offer judgments on how Poland should change, the festival allows us to place the country on the scientific map of Europe and the world, to correct popular and often untrue opinions as to our capacity and actual achievements,” said Prof. Magdalena Fikus, who chairs the festival’s Program Council.

“Making sensible use of the fruits of science, we can make better decisions in both our private and public lives. Science doesn’t have all the answers that thinking people ask, but step by step it brings us closer to knowing the world around us.”

Prof. Katarzyna Chałasińska-Macukow, rector of the University of Warsaw, said, “It is only thanks to public support for maintaining and financing science that Poland stands a chance of being one of the leading European countries in the future. The festival has another important mission. For many young people, the festival events are a genuine inspiration and encourage them to plan a career in science.”
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