|Founders||Jan Wejchert, Mariusz Walter, Bruno Valsangiacomo,|
|Brands||TVN, TVN24, TVN24 BiS, TVN 7, TVN Fabuła, TVN International, TVN International Extra, TVN Style, TVN Turbo, TTV, Food Network, HGTV Home&Garden, Travel Channel|
TVN Group (TVN S.A.) is a Polish media and entertainment group established in 1995 as TVN Sp. z o.o. The current president of TVN Group is Jim Samples, who replaced Markus Tellenbach on July 13, 2016.
In 2004, with its debut on the Warsaw Stock Exchange, the company became a public limited company. In March 2015, U.S. broadcaster Scripps Networks Interactive bought a 52.7% majority stake in TVN for €584 million. In July 2015, SNI bought out TVN's remaining owners, ITI Group and Canal+ Group, for €584 million, giving it full ownership.
On March 6, 2018, SNI was, in turn, acquired by Discovery, Inc. for US$14.6 billion. Liberty Global, which operates pay television provider UPC Polska, is a major shareholder in Discovery. The European Commission thus required TVN to ensure that TVN24 and TVN24 BiS remain available to third-party television providers.
Since 2020 TVN and the Polish government of the Law and Justice has had a conflict. In July 2021, a group of PiS lawmakers, submitted to parliament An draft amendment that would prevent companies from outside the European Economic Area taking control of Polish radio and television stations. This would mean that Discovery which owns TVN might be forced to divest its ownership. TVN is known to be highly critical of Law and Justice (PiS) government.Agreement (political party) Pis coalition partner was opposed to this, they instead proposed a change that would allow companies from countries in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to own more than 49% of shares in Polish media companies. Meaning no change to American ownership of the channel. The government denies the measure is aimed at any one broadcaster, saying it seeks to prevent potential media acquisitions by non-EU countries such as Russia, China and Arab nations.
in August 2021, the bill was passed via the sejm on a vote of 228 to 216, with 10 abstentions, making TVN’s rights expire on September 26.
On August 30, 2021, the Chairman of the National Broadcasting Council sent to TV operators permission to enter the TVN24 program on the Discovery Communications Benelux B.V. license. The decision ensures the continuity of broadcasting the TVN24 program after September 26, 2021, regardless of the results of the ongoing conflict with Law and Justice government.
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