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Polish Radio to Appeal License Withdrawal After Airing Sputnik Shows

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The founder of Poland’s Radio Hobby has vowed to appeal the broadcasting authority’s decision to strip it of its license for airing Sputnik news agency’s radio shows.

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License Withdrawal Date for Polish Radio Airing Sputnik Not Announced Yet
WARSAW (Sputnik) — On Monday, Poland said it had moved to take broadcasting rights away from the local radio station, claiming that the sender handed over a portion of its airtime to a third party.

Radio Hobby’s founder Pavel Kubalski told RIA Novosti on Wednesday that they had not received any official notification as of yet from the National Broadcasting Council, but expected one to be posted to them next week. The governing body said it had initiated the procedure to cancel the broadcasting license.

He stressed the decision to ban the FM broadcaster was unfair.

"We will fight till the end if need be, but only in court and by legal means. We will alert European press if we have to, as well as different European institutions and Strasbourg."

Radio Hobby has been airing broadcasts of Sputnik’s Polish service for an hour every day since the program's inception.

Station director Tomasz Brzezinski earlier denied a claim by the Polish broadcasting authority that Radio Hobby management had no knowledge of the contents of Sputnik shows, saying the staff listened to all broadcast materials an hour before airtime.

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