The Public Service Board is awaiting its new members

Published: 27 November 2019

Organizations planning to delegate members to the Public Service Board need to submit their applications to the National Media and Infocommunications Authority (NMHH) by 24 January 2020. Applicants can request their registration in six groups, and only one organization can delegate a representative within a specific thematic category to the Board. New members are admitted for a three-year term.

The term of office of the incumbent members of the Public Service Board admitted on 31 March 2017 will expire on 31 March 2020. Therefore, the National Media and Infocommunications Authority has issued a call for applications to be submitted by 2.00 p.m., 24 January 2020 to nominate the six new members. The call for applications and the application form are available on the NMHH website.

Members can be delegated by the organizations of local governments, national self-governments of national minorities, cross-border Hungarian cultural organizations with over 100 members, national family protection organizations, national bodies representing the interests of people with disabilities, and national cultural organizations active in the fields of literature, theatre, film, preforming arts, music, dance, fine and applied arts.

All interested parties are required to register by completing the application form available for download at the NMHH website. The NMHH will publish the list of registered organizations on its website on 7 February 2020. Within a group, only one organization can delegate a representative to the Board. The registered organizations may agree among themselves on each group’s delegate; otherwise the NMHH will decide on the list of organizations that can delegate members on 27 February 2020 by drawing lots.

The Public Service Board provides society’s control over public service broadcasters and monitors how public service orientation is manifested. The board has 15 members appointed for three-year terms. Pursuant to the Media Act, the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, the Hungarian Catholic Church, the Reformed Church in Hungary, the Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Hungary, the Association of the Hungarian Jewish Religious Communities, the Hungarian Olympic Committee, the Hungarian Rector’s Conference, the Hungarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Hungarian Academy of Arts can each delegate a representative without a separate process.