Rádió 1 to broadcast again in Dunaföldvár, Baja, Szekszárd and Paks

Published: 2 October 2019

At its weekly session, the Media Council of the National Media and Infocommunications Authority (NMHH) mostly dealt with radio-related decisions. As the winners of four local frequency tenders, the stations connected into a network with Rádió 1 can continue broadcasting; at the request of the operator of Mária Rádió, the Board consented to delaying the launch of services on frequencies of Göd and Törökbálint; the board imposed a fine on the operator of Civil Rádió for failure to uphold its contractual commitments.

Decisions concerning radio tenders

According to the Media Council’s decision, the winner of the tender procedures for the commercial use of the Dunaföldvár 106.5 MHz, Baja 94.3 MHz, Szekszárd 91.1 MHz and Paks 107.5 MHz local frequencies is Alisca Network Kft., which can again practice its broadcasting rights connected into a network with Radio Plus Kft. under the names of 106.5 Rádió 1, 94.3 Rádió 1, 91.1 Rádió 1 and 107.5 Rádió 1.

Following the formal review of the bid received for the community use of regional frequency Miskolc 95.1 MHz, the council called on the sole bidder, Magyar Katolikus Rádió Alapítvány, to supply missing information. The tender procedure announced for the commercial use of the Békés 94.4 MHz local frequency was unsuccessful as the sole bid was found to be invalid. At the request of the operator, the Media Council authorised FM 4 Rádió Kft. to commence community services on the Göd 97.3 MHz and Törökbálint 97.6 MHz frequencies, instead of on 4 October 2019 on 4 January 2020 at the latest under the name of Mária Rádió with an expanded coverage area.

Media supervisory decisions

The board imposed a fine of HUF one-hundred thousand on the operator of the Budapest regional, community Civil Rádió for broadcasting less spoken word content, Hungarian music, public service, news and nationality programmes as well as more reruns than determined in its contractual commitments during a programming week of June.

When imposing a fine, the Media Council always determines the form and extent of the penalties with due consideration to all the circumstances of the specific case and employing the principle of progressiveness and proportionality.

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.