Európa Rádió can broadcast again in Miskolc

Published: 10 June 2020

At its weekly session, the Media Council of the National Media and Infocommunications Authority (NMHH) announced the service provider of Európa Rádió as the winner of the tender procedure for the Miskolc 90.4 MHz frequency. The Council authorised the networking of radio service provision rights of Siófok and Fonyód, previously known as Part FM, with Rádió 1 of Budapest. The board imposed a fine for unauthorised networking.

The Media Council has concluded the radio tender procedure for the community use of the Miskolc 90.4 MHz frequency, which was won by the sole bidder, Európa Rádió Nonprofit Közhasznú Kft. The Council has completed the formal review of two local frequency tender procedures: in the case of the tender for the community use of the Gyöngyös 88.9 MHz frequency, it has registered the sole bidder, Karc FM Média Kft., whilst in the tender procedure for the commercial use of the Körmend 99.8 MHz frequency, it has also called on the sole bidder, Rádió 8 Körmend Kft., to rectify deficiencies.

At the request of the service providers, as of 15 June, the Media Council has authorised Part FM, previously operating on the Siófok 92.6 MHz and Fonyód 101.3 MHz frequencies to be connected into a network with Rádió 1, broadcasting on the Budapest 96.4 MHz frequency, under the name of Rádió 1 Part.

After examining a broadcasting day in February of Izsák Televízió, the Authority imposed a fine of HUF 50 thousand on the television channel’s service provider for unauthorised networking with Petőfi Rádió when showing teletext messages and airing a radio programme in parallel and has banned such unlawful conduct. The radio’s service provider was unaware of the networking. When imposing a fine, the Media Council always determines the form and extent of the sanctions with due consideration of all circumstances of the specific case and employing the principles 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.