The TV station City Channel came up with a programme that is half in Polish as not more than 50% of the Poles speak fluent English. The Channel’s face became Izabela Chudzicka to cover both political or economic issues as well as social matters and cultural events on the ‘Oto Polska’ or This is Poland show.
“It was very good to do something in Polish to show that Ireland is becoming very quickly a cosmopolitan country. I think the Irish want to do something for us, they like us. Ireland is one of the countries where Poles should feel very comfortable in. It's very difficult to find an Irish person who would say anything bad about Polish people. We are considered by them as very hard working, very similar to them in the way we socialize, etc, etc.. It is working. The first few months I wasn't too sure how it was going to develop, but it has been a year and something and it's going strong so fingers crossed.”
“At the beginning I was quite lucky as when I came over I knew some Irish people already. They helped me to settle, then I started going out with an Irish guy, which helped a lot because you get to know society quite well, you stick to Irish family... This kind of things... So almost 3,5 years I didn't even think about moving out of here as work was here, and my personal life was here as well. The whole experience was for me just a new adventure. The first few weeks were great - I felt like on holiday because I was going to an English language school. Then, when I got bored I said Ok I have to get back and start working. So I got a part time job on the top of college, and when I finished it, and knew that my English was good enough to go back to office work, the English school I was studying at offered me a job in administration.”
“She's part of the family really. We're very happy to work with her. She's a very talented young lady and she really made herself here in Ireland. Since she started doing "Oto Polska" she's became a celebrity here, we see her on every poster, in every magazine.”
City Channel is a strong mix of lifestyle entertainment and information programmes that appeal to local audiences. Izabela Chudzicka’s ‘Oto Polska’ or This is Poland is co-produced by the most popular Polish news magazine Wiadomosci.Listen to the report:
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