Telewizja Polska

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Telewizja Polska
TypeBroadcast television
MottoBądźmy razem. TVP (Let's be together. TVP)
Headquarters17 Woronicza Street, Warsaw, Poland
OwnerGovernment of Poland
Key people
Mateusz Matyszkowicz
(General Director)

Maciej Łopiński
(Deputy Managing Director)
Launch date
25 October 1952; 69 years ago (25 October 1952)
Former names
None; previously shortened as TP until 1992
Official website

Telewizja Polska S.A. (pronounced [tɛlɛˈvizja ˈpɔlska]; "Polish Television"; TVP), also known in English as the public Polish Television is a Polish state media corporation.[1][2][3] It is the largest Polish television network,[4] although viewership has been declining in the 2010.[5]

Since 1993, the legal status of the broadcaster has been defined by the Broadcasting Act, according to which Telewizja Polska is obliged to implement "a public mission ... by offering ... various programmes and other services in the field of information, journalism, culture, entertainment, education and sport, characterized by pluralism, impartiality, balance and independence as well as innovation, high quality and integrity of the message."[6] Since 2016, TVP has been described by critics as providing one-sided favorable coverage of the ruling Law and Justice party.[7]

Timeline of Polish TV service[edit]

TVP headquarters at 17 Jan Paweł Woronicz Street (ul. Jana Pawła Woronicza), Warsaw, Poland[8]
  • 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.
  • 1957: Broadcast of the first sports event; a boxing match Skra WarsawGwardia Łódź[9]
  • 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.
  • 2020: TVP eSzkoła, TVP Kultura 2 and TVP Dokument were founded.[10][11][12]
  • 2021: TVP Kobieta was founded.[13]
  • 2022: TVP ABC 2 was founded, replacing TVP eSzkoła.

International cooperation[edit]

In 2012, TVP signed an agreement with the BBC, under which they will work together on film and television productions.[14][needs update]

The French-German TV liberal arts network ARTE cancelled a 15-year cooperation with TVP,[15] 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"[16] and "the party that TVP's chairman is presently connected with does not share European values".[17] 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.[18]


In September 2020, TVP's "Wiadomości" was the most popular news program in Poland, with an average of 2.66 million viewers a day.[19]
In February 2021, TVP's "Wiadomości" was second most popular news program in Poland, with an average of 2.41 million viewers a day.[20]

Logo history[edit]

TV channels[edit]

LCN Channel Logo Broadcast standard
1/36 TVP1 bezramki DVB-T MUX-3 / DVB-T2
2/37 TVP2 TVP2 2021 box-1.svg DVB-T MUX-3 / DVB-T2
3/84 TVP3[21] bezramki HbbTV / DVB-T MUX-3 / DVB-T2
30/83 TVP Kultura TVP Kultura logo 2015.png DVB-T MUX-8 / DVB-T2
31 TVP Historia TVP Historia logo.svg DVB-T MUX-3
32 TVP Sport Logo TVP Sport.jpg DVB-T MUX-3
34/87 TVP Info TVP Info logo.svg HbbTV / DVB-T MUX-3 / DVB-T2
35 TVP Kobieta TVP Kobieta.png DVB-T MUX-8
85 TVP Rozrywka bezramki DVB-T2
86 TVP Dokument TVPdokument-logo655.png DVB-T2
92 TVP ABC 2
TVP ABC 2 (2022).svg
93 TVP Historia 2 HbbTV / DVB-T MUX-8
94 TVP Kultura 2 TVP Kultura 2 2020.png HbbTV / DVB-T MUX-8

TVP HD and TVP Seriale are pay television. TVP Polonia, TVP Info and TVP Historia are also available on DVB-T in Lithuania.

General and regional channels[edit]

HD channels[edit]

  • 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 Polonia HD: HD version of TVP Polonia, introduced 1 September 2020.
  • TVP Dokument HD: the only version of TVP Dokument, introduced 19 November 2020.
  • TVP Kobieta HD: HD version of TVP Kobieta, introduced 8 March 2021.
  • TVP Wilno HD: HD version of TVP Wilno, introduced 10 September 2021.
  • TVP3 HD: HD version of TVP3, introduced 15 February 2022. At the moment, only the Warsaw version of it haves the HD feed, meanwhile others still have only the SD feed.
  • TVP Rozrywka HD: HD version of TVP Rozrywka, introduced 23 February 2022.
  • TVP ABC HD: HD version of TVP ABC, introduced 28 March 2022.

UHD channels[edit]

Specialty channels[edit]

  • TVP Dokument: documentary movies channel.[22]
  • 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 ABC 2: children's channel broadcasts 18 hours per day.
  • TVP Kobieta: focusing on programmes aimed at women.
  • TVP Nauka: focusing on science and nature.

International channels[edit]

  • 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.
  • TVP World – English-language channel for Poles abroad.[23]

Upcoming channels[edit]


Pro-government bias[edit]

Before 2015, the PiS (then opposition) often criticized TVP of siding with government (PO-PSL)[26][27][28] or even compared it to communist propaganda[29]

In 2015, the government passed a law allowing it to directly appoint the head of TVP.[30] Since then, TVP has displayed bias towards the Law and Justice (PiS) party (then government), and was compared by critics with propaganda of the former Communist regime.[7][31][32] TVP has also faced criticism for its portrayal of LGBT people, the political opposition, Jews, and other groups as a shadowy conspiracy seeking to undermine Poland.[33][34] In 2018, The Economist stated: "the [TVP] anchors... praise PiS slavishly while branding its critics treacherous crypto-communists.[35]

Hate propaganda[edit]

The press freedom organization 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.".[36] Ahead of the 2019 European parliament elections, TVP ran 105 segments of the election of which 68 of 69 focused on the ruling party were positive and all 33 about the opposition were negative, according to a study by the Society of Journalists.[31] Polish political scientist and anti-racism activist Rafał Pankowski stated, "I am old enough to remember Communist-controlled television in the 1980s, and I can safely say that what we have now is cruder, more primitive, and more aggressive than anything that was broadcast at that time."[31]This contasts with the testimonies that killer of Pawel Adamowicz was reading Gazeta Wyborcza Dziennik Bałtycki, Polityka and Wprost[37] and watched TVN[38],Polsat but not TVP[39]

2020 presidential election[edit]

TVP was heavily criticized in the run-up to the 2020 Polish presidential election, being described as the "mouthpiece" of the government[40] and as "peddl[ing] government hate speech" by the organization Reporters Without Borders.[41]

During the 2020 presidential campaign, the state television broadcast a segment of Wiadomości called Trzaskowski spełni żydowskie żądania? ("Will Trzaskowski meet Jewish demands?") regarding the Civic Platform candidate Rafał Trzaskowski. A complaint was made by the American Jewish Committee, Union of Jewish Religious Communities, the Chief Rabbi of Poland, to the Polish Media Ethics Council [pl] regarding antisemitism in the program. The Council concluded not only were anti-semitic statements made in the show, it did not uphold journalistic standards: Wiadomości "turned into an instrument of propaganda of one of the candidates in this election".[42][43][44][45][46][47]


In 2020, the station was ordered to retract a documentary, Inwazja, released just before the 2019 elections. Comparing the LGBT movement unfavorably to the Swedish Deluge and Communism, the documentary claimed that there is an "LGBT invasion" of Poland and that LGBT organizations have the goal of legalizing pedophilia. It was found to defame the Campaign Against Homophobia organization. Ombudsman Adam Bodnar stated, "The material not only reproduces stereotypes and heightens social hatred towards LGBT people, but also manipulates facts."[48][49][31][50]

Accusations of being far-right[edit]

According to Timothy Garton Ash, "the broadcaster has descended into the paranoid world of the far right, where spotless, heroic, perpetually misunderstood Poles are being conspired against by dark, international German-Jewish-LGBT-plutocratic forces meeting secretly in Swiss chateaux."[33]

TVP president Jacek Kurski rejected the contention that the organization violated broadcasting law,[51][52] and conservative media commentator and former TVP employee Jacek Karnowski says the station "deserves recognition" for its "consistent promotion of patriotism and pro-state thinking".[53][54]

See also[edit]


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  27. ^ "PiS idzie na wojnę z TVP" [PiS goes to war with TVP] (in Polish).
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  39. ^ "Oglądał "Fakty", czytał... "Wyborczą". Kolejny współosadzony ujawnia zwyczaje mordercy prezydenta Gdańska" [Oglądał "Fakty", czytał... "Wyborczą". Kolejny współosadzony ujawnia zwyczaje mordercy prezydenta Gdańska] (in Polish). "Oglądaliśmy czasem wiadomości. Ale jeśli już, to przeważnie na Polsacie i TVN. Na pewno nie oglądaliśmy ich wtedy w TVP" - mówił "Profesor", który ze Stefanem W. spotkał się w "kryminale" w Malborku. ["We watched the news from time to time. But if anything, it was mostly on Polsat and TVN. We certainly did not watch them on TVP then" - said "Professor", who met Stefan W. in the Malbork jail.]
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