I can hardly believe my eyes. I checked my calendar and it’s not April 1st so I remain flabbergasted by the discovery that the music you hear on Polish radio stations is actually dictated by the government. I always thought it was crap, now I know why!
According to this article, there was already a bill passed in 1992 that stipulated that 33% of music played on Polish radio stations should be in the Polish language, although there were no time restraints. Now, the Culture Ministry has proposed an amendment to that bill increasing the percentage to 60% and stipulating that this 60% must be played between 05:00 and 00:00. That means that for 11.4 of the 17 hours in the time frame, only Polish language music can be played and other music is allowed for only 5.6 hours. It’s also worth noting that Polish artists who happen to sing in anything other than Polish language will also fall foul of this bill, Aga Zaryan for example, gold and platinum selling (in Poland) jazz vocalist.
I find it interesting to suppose that this amendment is proposed as a reaction to what the members of the mysterious ‘Culture Ministry’ see on their televisions these days. If you recall the early days of Polish “talent” shows you’d have 80% of the contestants singing in Polish and the rest trying out English. In the space of just a few years that percentage has almost completely reversed and the airing of Polish talent using English language is commonplace. You would think the government would actually be pleased about this given the emphasis placed on making sure Polish citizens learn English….apparently not.
Of course it’s not the percentages or time frames that matter, it’s the fact that the government is having anything whatsoever to do with censoring the music we are allowed to listen to. This is surely the same as Hitler banning books, isn’t it?
If they are not careful, their attempts to force everyone to use the Polish language will become as laughable as the French.