The Polish parliament (Sejm) approved the so-called Lex TVN, thus seriously questioning Discovery’s presence in the country.
In doing so, he rejected the Senate’s previous veto on legislation.
The final decision on its promulgation now rests solely with Polish President Andrzej Duda, who now has 21 days to make a decision.
In a statement responding to the vote, Discovery said: “The result of today’s surprise vote in the Polish parliament should alarm any business investing in Poland and anyone who cares about democracy and freedom of the press. With this vote, Poland is undermining the values that have linked Poland to Europe and uprooting the foundation of the Polish-American relationship. We now call on the President of the Republic of Poland, Andrzej Duda, to keep his word and to veto this legislation ”.
Broadband TV news that “Lex TVN” refers to changes to the country’s broadcasting law would require all licensed distributors of radio and television services in Poland to be based in the European Economic Area (EEA) and not be dependent on anyone based outside the EEA.
This would have an impact on TVN because although its owner Discovery is registered in the Netherlands as Polish Television Holding BV, its head office is ultimately located in the United States.