The Program Council that oversees TVP’s broadcasting has stated its opposition to the broadcasters involvement in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.
Eska.pl reports that the Program Council of TVP has expressed its wish for the Polish public broadcaster to stop its involvement with the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Citing Article 18 of the Radio and Television Act which focuses on the impact of programs that “threaten the physical, mental or moral development of minors”. The council states that TVP should create :
its own program promoting the artistic activity of children and youth in a manner consistent with the provisions of the Radio and Television Act
The Vice President of the Council said in an interview with Gazeta.pl that:
We want to discuss this with the management of television, it seems to us that this formula treats children objectively and has little to do with the mission to raise culture. One may wonder if it is in some way inconsistent with the Broadcasting Act. It seems to us a dangerous direction.
As a result the Program Council wants TVP not to host the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2020, this despite the contest being just over two months away. As Dziennek Eurowizjny reports the TVP Program Council is only an advisory board and does not have the ability to stop TVP from hosting the contest or participating in future contests.
This is not the first time that the contest has been criticised for the treatment of its participants. Following the 2005 contest the broadcasters DR, NRK and SVT all withdrew stating that the contest was putting too much pressure on its participants.