NMHH Media Council: over HUF 46 million for the technical developments of fourteen community media service providers

Published: 27 September 2019

At its weekly session, the Media Council of the National Media and Infocommunications Authority (NMHH) decided on grants in excess of HUF forty-six million. Fourteen service providers submitted successful tenders in the first round of this year’s patronage tender for the technical developments of community television and radio stations. The Council finalized its invitation to tender for the community use of frequencies in Keszthely and Pécs and called on the sole bidder of the tender for the community use of the Encs 95.4 MHz frequency, Magyar Katolikus Rádió, to remedy the deficiencies of its submission.

Fourteen community media service providers received funding for technical developments

The Media Council declared fourteen applicants as recipients in the first round of this year’s technical tender for community media service providers of the Hungarian Media Patronage Programme. Winners will receive grants amounting to HUF 46 million to purchase studio, sound and lighting equipment, broadcast signal transmission devices and IT equipment needed to provide media services. The television stations receiving grants include Szentgál Televízió, Füred TV, Szentes Televízió, Rábaközi Televízió of Csorna, Danubia Televízió of Tahitótfalu, Körös Televízió of Csabacsűd, BKTV of Budakeszi as well as Centrum TV, “hatoscsatorna”, Bonum TV and Hegyvidék Televízió of Budapest. Community radios receiving grants for technical equipment include Magyar Katolikus Rádió 92.3 MHz and 88.6 MHz of Budapest as well as the small-community radio station Rádió Smile of Kiskunfélegyháza.

Decisions concerning radio tenders

Following the formal review of the bid submitted in the tender announced for the community use of the Encs 95.4 MHz local frequency, the Media Council called upon the sole bidder, Magyar Katolikus Rádió Alapítvány, to submit missing documents.

The board finalized and will publish on its website on Friday the invitations to tender for the community use of the local Keszthely 92.2 MHz and regional Pécs 94.6 MHz frequencies. Bids may be submitted for the Keszthely frequency on 30 October and on 11 November, in the case of the Pécs frequency.

The full agenda of the Media Council’s weekly sessions can be found on the Board’s website, along with the minutes of the meetings and all decisions taken; the latest decisions will be published after the necessary validation and administration period.