Media Council adopts radio decisions at recent session

Published: 21 March 2019

The Media Council of the National Media and Infocommunications Authority (NMHH) renewed the rights of the operator of Korona FM 100 to the frequency Kalocsa 100.0 MHz for another five years. At this week’s meeting, the Media Council examined the formal validity of bids submitted in tenders in Szigetszentmiklós and Göd and the substantial validity of bids submitted in a tender in Zalaegerszeg. The Media Council also taken decision on the amounts of support for four co-regulators.

At the request of Kalocsai Rádió Bt., the Media Council renewed the local radio media service provision rights to Kalocsa 100.0 MHz so Korona FM 100 will continue to broadcast on this frequency until 5 July 2024.

The Council performed the examination of the formal validity of bids for the local commercial radio tender for Szigetszentmiklós 107.0 MHz and the regional community radio tender for Göd 97.3 MHz. The Media Council registered the only bidder, Lakihegy Rádió Bt. in the former procedure and called on FM 4 Rádió Kft., also a sole bidder, to remedy deficiencies in the latter. The local community radio tender procedure for Zalaegerszeg 88.3 MHz continued with the with the examination of substantial validity, with the Media Council requesting information from the only bidder Lánchíd Rádió Kft.

The Council approved the reports of four co-regulatory professional organisations, namely the Association of the Hungarian Electronic Broadcasters (Magyar Elektronikus Műsorszolgáltatók Egyesülete, MEME), the Hungarian Publishers’ Association (Magyar Lapkiadók Egyesülete, MLE), the Association of Hungarian Content Providers (Magyarországi Tartalomszolgáltatók Egyesülete, MTE) and the Hungarian Advertising Self-Regulatory Board (Önszabályozó Reklám Testület, ÖRT), for the previous six-month period and updated the Annexes on financial support to their administrative agreements for 2019. This year, normative support is provided to MEME in the amount of HUF 8.2 million, MLE in the amount of HUF 6 million, MTE in the amount of HUF 1.6 million and ÖRT in the amount of HUF 5 million to fund research projects and cover their operating expenditure to carry out their responsibilities as co-regulators.