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Digital radio a perfect place to re-educate
"relevant mission"

A new digital radio channel will soon pop-up in Poland as state radio broadcaster Polskie Radio adds Radio Chopin to its roster of DAB+ and internet channels. Polskie Radio placed on DAB+ multiplexes its five national FM radio channels plus three web-only channels beginning in 2013. Commercial broadcasters, notably Bauer Media owned market leader RMF FM, have generally kept the DAB platform at arms length, citing little interest from consumers.

Radio Chopin will be, unsurprisingly, a classical music channel with a strong focus on the work on Polish composer and pianist Frederic Chopin. "It's not just a radio channel,” said Polskie Radio president Jacek Sobala in a statement (November 8). “It's a modern compendium of knowledge about Frederic Chopin's art.” The new channel, he added, will not compete with national classical music and arts channel Radio Dwojka, which operates on FM, DAB+ and the internet. Dropped from the roster of Polskie Radio channels is Radio Rytm, a Polish pop music channel. (See more about media in Poland here)

“We will try to develop digital radio in Poland,” said Mr. Sobala, quoted by media news portal (November 8). “We will not undertake all the costs.” An agreement with commercial broadcasters on digital radio financing “has not been worked out.” He suggested Polskie Radio might make additional changes to its DAB+ line-up, possible a new channel. (See more about digital radio here)

“The rise of Polskie Radio Chopin is proof that the public media has returned to perform its relevant mission,” said National Media Council president Krzysztof Czabanski, who was instrumental in shifting Polskie Radio from independent public broadcaster to state-controlled media. “This means that the national media is concerned with what it should be; good music, great literature and related education.”

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