The new media act has changed the philosophy of the financing of Polish TV and Radio: it abandons financing of institutions in favor of financing specific functions, and it has implemented program licenses which will specify on what public money is to be spent in radio and television. Ten percent of the public expenditures on media will be distributed in open competitions and public broadcasters will be able to apply for funds from this source. Program licenses will be granted by KRRiT (National Radio and Television Council), and the opinion providing authority for it will be the program councils. The act also stipulates an increase in the composition of KRRiT (from five to seven persons) - three members would be appointed by the lower house (Sejm); two by the Senate and two by the President. Under the act it will be possible to dismiss members of supervisory boards of public media for serious reasons: flagrant infringement of law, due to having conflicts of interest or acting to the detriment of the company.
The Senate adopted an amendment stipulating that it will be impossible to interrupt programs financed under program licenses, i.e. from budgetary funds, with commercials or direct TV sales, with the exception of sports broadcasts. The Senate rejected the amendments which guaranteed that approx. PLN 880 million of public media funds (namely the amount obtained from radio and television subscriptions in 2007) would be strictly determined in the yearly state budget. The rejection of the amendment means that the amount of funds for the media will be specified by the KRRiT only in the draft budget act, and the final decision on how much money Polish Television and Radio will receive from the budget will be made by Parliament whilst passing the budget act.
President Lech Kaczynski vetoed the new media act because, in his opinion, scrapping of the subscription and uncertainty about the amount of the budget designated for the so-called public mission tasks would cause anxiety about the future of Polish Radio and Television.
The veto means that the act will be returned to the Sejm. The ruling coalition does not currently have a majority in the Sejm necessary to pass the act once again, i.e. to overturn the President's veto. It will only be possible with the support of the other political groupings.