Campus Rádió can continue broadcasting

Published: 9 January 2020

At its first session of the year, the Media Council of the National Media and Infocommunications Authority (NMHH) extended, at the request of the operator, the broadcasting rights of the operator of FM90 Campus Rádió of Debrecen for another five years, as well as announced the winner of the tender for a frequency in Pécs.

At the operator’s request, the board extended the media service provision rights of the operator of FM90 Campus Rádió, a community radio station broadcasting on the Debrecen 90.0 MHz local radio frequency by another five years, until 5 April 2025.

Based on the board’s decision, the winner of the tender for the community use of the Pécs 94.6 MHz regional frequency is Karc FM Média Kft., which is set to broadcast under the name of Karc FM 94.6.

The Media Council has approved the draft tender announcements for the community use of the Gyöngyös 88.9 MHz local frequency, as well as the commercial use of the Heves 93.7 MHz, Sátoraljaújhely 104.9 MHz, and the regional Miskolc 96.3 MHz frequencies. The documents for the Heves, Sátoraljaújhely and Miskolc tenders will be available from Friday, whilst those for Gyöngyös will be up on the NMHH website from 13 January.

The Council has established that the application procedure for the theoretical use of small-community radio media service opportunities announced by the Media Council on 18 July 2019 has been unsuccessful as the single bid from Budakalászi Média Kft. for the site in Szentendre, from the range of possible sites in Miskolc, Szentendre and Gyomaendrőd, was formally invalid.

Following the examination of an autumn programming week, the board imposed a fine of HUF ten thousand on the operator of Rádió Smile for broadcasting less spoken word content, Hungarian music, fewer public service broadcasts and re-reruns, more music and extended advertisements compared to its contractual commitments. 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.