Karol Jakubowicz is the chairman of the Standing Committee on Transfrontier Television at the Council of Europe.He was also an adviser to the KRRiTV when it was formulating its proposed amendments to the Broadcasting Act.He
dismisses critics who say that the council lacks freedom from political pressure."Independence is not a problem," he
said."Nobody can tell the KRRiTV what to do.In fact, the KRRiTV is more independent than many media regulators in western Europe."
Though the members are appointed by politicians, often on a party political basis, Jakubowicz
said this is unavoidable in Poland at the moment. "We lack strong civil institutions," he
said."Therefore, everything is politicised.As a consequence, political culture is orientated towards party politics.But the system is respectable."Many politicians, however, have been calling for a de-politicisation of the council.The previous AWS-led administration believed that the KRRiTV
was making decisions that were to the benefit of ex-communist President Aleksander Kwaœniewski, and against that government.In January 2001, the then Speaker of the Sejm, Maciej P³a¿yñski, announced a plan to add nominations from journalists and a range of broadcasters to the council, broadening its representation.