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At least five Polish television channels will be made available to viewers in Lithuania's southeastern districts with large ethnic Polish communities starting May.
At least 5 Polish TV channels to be broadcast in southeastern Lithuania starting May
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The Lithuanian government's press office said this after Friday's meeting between the prime ministers of Lithuania and Poland.

The Lithuanian Transport and Communications Ministry said that free-to-air terrestrial broadcasts of TVP Info, TVP Polonia, TVP Historia, Nuta.TV and Power TV would be available in the districts of Vilnius, Šalčininkai and Švenčionys.

State-owned Lietuvos Radijo ir Televizijos Centras (Lithuanian Radio and Television Centre, or Telecentras) has won the bidding for retransmission services, but it is yet to obtain a license from the Lithuanian Radio and Television Commission for rebroadcasting these programs.

The ministry, which launched the bidding process last fall, has signed a one-year contract with Telecentras with an option to extend it for a year twice.

Around 349,000 euros will be provided for the retransmission of the Polish TV channels annually.

Lithuania has a population of around 200,000 ethnic Poles. TV Polonia is currently the only Polish TV channel available to viewers in Lithuania free of charge.

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