Polish radio station hosts debate Oct 8, 2007 4:43:38 GMT -7
Post by justjohn on Oct 8, 2007 4:43:38 GMT -7
A new Polish radio station in the UK is to host a debate between candidates in the country's general election.
Polskie Radio Londyn has been broadcasting for only a few days and is the first Polish radio station on air in the UK rather than on the web.
The debate between six candidates will take place on Sunday ahead of the ballot on 21 October.
The launch of the station came after a number of UK local newspapers introduced Polish language editions.
The station, available on London's digital network, is part of a business run by Poles based in Britain which includes an established magazine.
The station's head of news, Jacob Gurski, said the switch to digital from the web will attract new audiences.
"It's a very important thing for the Polish community," he said.
"A couple of months ago we were just online. It was no good for our audience because lots of Poles work as builders and cleaners etc.
"Now we can broadcast everywhere. Whether you are working as a driver, shop assistant or gardener you can hear our radio."
He added: "Lots of Poles in the UK want to know... what politicians in Poland want to do for immigrants in the UK.
"We decided to organise a debate for our community because we need more information about the situation between the Polish government and emigrants."
He added that Polish voters in the UK could change the result of the election back home.
The station says Polish firms and some British companies are increasingly keen to spend their money on advertising.
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Published: 2007/10/07 01:26:08 GMT