(Let's be together)
|Headquarters||17 Woronicza Street |
|Owner||Government of Poland|
|25 October 1952|
Telewizja Polska S.A. (TVP, or Polish Television) is a Polish state media corporation. It is the largest Polish television network, although it is currently the least trusted network in Poland due to its strong pro-government bias. About a third of TVP's income comes from a broadcast receiver licence, while the rest is covered by government subsidies, commercials and sponsorships.
Timeline of Polish TV service
- 1935: The PIT (Państwowy Instytut Telekomunikacyjny - National Telecommunications Institute) starts working together with Polish Radio on establishing the first television service.
- 1937: Completion of the first black-and-white broadcasting station.
- 1938: Experimental channel launched, regular programming scheduled for 1941.
- 1939: All equipment destroyed by the German Army.
- 1947: PIT resumes work on television broadcasting.
- 1951: First Polish telecast after the Second World War.
- 1952: Beginning of regular programming.
- 1958: Newscast Dziennik Telewizyjny ("Journal") was founded.
- 1970: TVP2 was founded.
- 1971: Start of colour broadcasting (in SECAM).
- 1989: Introduction of a teletext service.
- 1989: Dziennik Telewizyjny was replaced by Wiadomości ("News").
- 1992: Telewizja Polska Spółka Akcyjna comes into existence upon the separation of television and radio public broadcasting by an act of parliament.
- 1992: TVP Polonia starts test transmissions.
- 1993: Polskie Radio i Telewizja (Polish Radio and Television) joins the European Broadcasting Union as an active member (regrouping of OIRT and UER).
- 1994: Beginning of the change over from SECAM to PAL for all channels except TVP1.
- 1995: Change over from SECAM to PAL was completed as TVP1 moved to this colour standard.
- 2003: Change of TVP logotype.
- 2009: New main headquarters building opened in Warsaw.
- 2013: Analogue terrestrial television was switched-off
General and regional channels
- TVP1: mostly news, current affairs, movies, dramas, children's and sports. Broadcasts 23.5 hours per day.
- TVP2: mostly news, movies, comedy, soap operas, series, stand-up comedy, culture, sports and game shows. Broadcasts 23.5 hours per day.
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- TVP3: region-focused channel, which airs local programmes, and acts as the umbrella label for local stations including:
- TVP3 Białystok in Białystok for Podlaskie region
- TVP3 Bydgoszcz in Bydgoszcz-Toruń for the Kuyavian-Pomeranian region
- TVP3 Gdańsk in Trójmiasto for the Pomerania region,
- TVP3 Gorzów Wielkopolski in Gorzów Wielkopolski for Lubusz region
- TVP3 Katowice in Katowice (Upper Silesian Metropolis) for Silesian region
- TVP3 Kielce in Kielce for Holy Cross region
- TVP3 Kraków for the Lesser Poland region
- TVP3 Lublin for the Lublin region
- TVP3 Łódź for the Łódź region
- TVP3 Olsztyn for Warmia-Masuria region
- TVP3 Opole for the Opole region
- TVP3 Poznań for the Greater Poland region
- TVP3 Rzeszów for the Subcarpathian region
- TVP3 Szczecin for the West Pomerania
- TVP3 Warszawa for Warsaw and the Masovia region
- TVP3 Wrocław for the Lower Silesia region
- TVP1 HD: HD version of TVP1, introduced 1 June 2012;
- TVP2 HD: HD version of TVP2, introduced 1 June 2012;
- TVP Info HD: HD version of TVP Info, introduced 30 September 2016;
- TVP HD: the best productions of TVP in HD, introduced 6 August 2008;
- TVP Sport HD: HD version of TVP Sport, introduced 12 January 2014.
- TVP Kultura HD: HD version of TVP Kultura, introduced 23 October 2019.
- TVP Info: news channel. Broadcasts 24 hours per day.
- TVP Historia: focusing on history. Broadcasts 20 hours per day.
- TVP Kultura: high-brow culture channel. Broadcasts 21 hours per day.
- TVP Rozrywka: focusing on entertainment available on cable, satellite and DSL. Broadcasts 21 hours per day.
- TVP Seriale: focusing on series. Broadcasts 22 hours per day.
- TVP Sport: sport channel. Broadcasts 24 hours per day.
- TVP ABC: Children's channel. Broadcasts 18 hours per day.
- TVP Parlament: parliamentary channel. Broadcasts online.
- TVP Eszkoła: education channel. Broadcasts online and 4 hours per day.
- TVP Polonia – retransmits selected TVP programming for the Polish diaspora (the so-called Polonia) in the US, Canada, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand, South Africa, Europe, and the Caucasus. Broadcasts 24 hours per day.
- Belsat TV – channel in the Belarusian language presenting news and subject-specific programming for the people of western Belarus. Broadcasts 16 hours per day.
- TVP Wilno – channel presenting news and programming for the Polish diaspora in the Vilnius region of Lithuania, available in DVB-T in this country.
In the late 2010s, TVP has been criticized for becoming unduly biased towards the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party. In 2018, The Economist noted: "the [TVP] anchors... praise PiS slavishly while branding its critics treacherous crypto-communists.
The press freedom organisation Reporters Without Borders wrote in its 2019 assessment of Polish press freedom that "many blamed state-owned TV broadcaster TVP’s 'hate propaganda' for Gdansk mayor Pawel Adamowicz's murder in January 2019."
TVP was heavily criticised in the run-up to the 2020 Polish presidential election, being described as the "mouthpiece" of the government and as "peddl[ing] government hate speech" by the organisation Reporters Without Borders.
The French-German TV liberal arts network ARTE cancelled a 15-year cooperation with TVP, when it learned in February 2009 that TVP's general director, Piotr Farfał, was a member of the League of Polish Families, which opposed Arte’s "philosophy based on intercultural exchange" and "the party that TVP's chairman is presently connected with does not share European values". It was again cancelled in January 2016 after an amendment of the media law in Poland, which caused fears of a lack of pluralism and independence of TVP.
- 1952–1992: white-red inscription TP.
- 1992–2003: Green letter T, red V, blue P, and the word TELEWIZJA POLSKA S.A. and three stripes: red, green and blue. In addition to letters three lines.
- 2003–present: TVP logo and lettering TELEWIZJA POLSKA.
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- "Poland's media battle gets political". Politico.eu.
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- "Nie ufamy mediom publicznym i częściej płacimy za treści". Press.pl (in Polish). Retrieved 2020-08-07.
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- "TVP1, TVN, Polsat i TVP2 mocno w dół w 2013 r. (top 122)". wirtualnemedia.pl. 2 January 2014.
- ‘Cruder than the Communists’: Polish TV goes all out for rightwing vote The Guardian, 2019
- "Poland's ruling Law and Justice party is doing lasting damage". The Economist. Retrieved 2018-04-27.
- Santora, Marc; Berendt, Joanna (2019-10-11). "Poland's State Media Is Government's Biggest Booster Before Election". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-07-11.
- "Polish public broadcaster peddles government hate speech in presidential election run-up". Reporters Without Borders. 24 June 2020. Archived from the original on 1 July 2020.
- "TVP stawia na współpracę z BBC. Nowe produkcje". Media2.pl. Retrieved 12 July 2015.
- arte.tv. Archived 2012-07-08 at Archive.today
- "Libertas to cut links with controversial Polish political party". The Irish Times. 19 March 2009. Retrieved 12 July 2015.
- Nick Holdsworth. "Dual peril for Poland's top pubcaster". Variety. Retrieved 12 July 2015.
- Francuska TV ARTE zrywa współpracę z TVP (in Polish)