• January 11, 2018
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TVP Info can already be watched in Lithuania

The Lithuanian government announced the broadcasts of Polish television from February, but Lithuanian viewers have the opportunity to watch TVP Info news channel from today.

Unfortunately, this applies only to the Cgates cable TV clients. “This is not related to what the government announced. We simply reviewed our offer. It turned out that some of the stations were no longer broadcasting. Then we started to wonder how we can compensate for our clients and one of our new proposals is an informational channel in Polish” – said Tomas Burovas, the commercial director of Cgates to zw.lt.

“Previously, we did not have this type of television in our offer, so we started broadcasting” – added Burovas.

Details can be found here.

In the summer of 2017, the Lithuanian Ministry of Communication informed that from February 1, 2018, the retransmission of three Polish television stations will begin in the Vilnius region.

“We are planning to buy services for the retransmission of three Polish television stations in south-eastern Lithuania. 350,000 euros are earmarked for this purpose in 2018” – said the ministry on August 31.

The retransmission is scheduled to start on February 1. The ministry has not informed yet what channels will be available in Lithuania.

Discussions on broadcasting in Lithuania began in 2015 with The Polish Discussion Club. “From the beginning of its existence, The Polish Discussion Club strived for it not only in public discussions but also in talks with politicians. We are glad that we managed to convince the relevant institutions and politicians who actively joined the initiative and that eventually we succeeded” – said Grzegorz Miłoszewicz, the CEO of The Polish Discussion Club of that time.

The idea with Polish television has also gained supporters in Poland. “As for the inhabitants of the south-eastern part of Lithuania, that is the Vilnius region, it is clear that they are very deeply influenced by Russian television which is easily accessible from Belarus. A friend of mine showed me that he can easily switch over to 7 or 8 Russian-Belarusian channels” – said Agnieszka Romaszewska, the director of the Belsat TV to zw.lt in March this year.

Translated by Katarzyna Kądziołka within the framework of a traineeship programme of the European Foundation of Human Rights, www.efhr.eu.

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