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Poland Convenes Digital Radio Conference

Experts met in Poznan to plan radio’s path

Media industry experts recently gathered in Poznan, Poland to discuss the digitization of radio and TV in the country, according to

“There is no other way,” said Poland’s Chairman of the Krajowa Rada Radiofonii i Telewizji (National Broadcasting Council) Jan Dworak. “Radio can not remain an analog island in a digital world.”

After the digitization of television, Krajowa Rada Radiofonii i Telewizji plans to tackle the radio market. Public-service broadcaster Polskie Radio began this transition in October 2013, broadcasting digitally in Warsaw and Silesia. The broadcaster plans to do so throughout the whole country by the end of 2020.

Dworak emphasizes that the digitization of public radio also arises from the need to comply with the provisions contained in the Radio and TV Act.

Polskie Radio will receive funding for digitization from proceeds of the radio and TV subscription. The broadcaster aims to turn off analog and to broadcast only digitally, after first maintaining two parallel transmission systems, according to Dworak.