POLAND – TVP responded to the heavy criticism by PROGRAM COUNCIL in Poland, asking for the country to withdraw from JUNIOR EUROVISION. The Program Council VP recently stated that participating in JUNIOR EUROVISION give negative treatment to children and the show doesn’t promote any cultural values.
<h1>The TVP statement</h1>
Telewizja Polska SA informs that the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, co-organized by TVP SA and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), takes place in accordance with the principles expressed in the Junior Eurovision Code of Ethics document available here. The guiding principle of its organization is to promote the creative development and well-being of children. For most of the young participants, it is also a great opportunity to start a singing career.
According to the rules expressed therein, a safe and morally appropriate environment is created and maintained for minor participants, and all necessary steps are taken to prevent the lack of comfort of children due to the level of their skills. Contestants are encouraged to be creative, befriends and exchange cultural experiences. The event is held in a community-building spirit and the competitive aspect is essentially restricted.
Telewizja Polska SA, as the organizer of the previous and the present edition of the Competition, fulfilled all the recommendations listed in the Code, as evidenced by the organizational success, positive reviews of domestic and foreign media and a huge attendance among viewers. Implementing the set of the above principles and the provisions of the Act of December 29, 1992, on radio and television (i.e. Journal of Laws of 2020, No. 805), with particular emphasis on its Art. 18, TVP SA ensured the broadcast of the show suitable for all dedicated age groups among the viewers and participants of the Competition.
At the same time, TVP SA informs that further information on the position of the TVP SA Programming Council will be released after the scheduled meeting of the Council with the TVP Management Board.