The Media Council announced the winners of four rural radio frequency tenders

Published: 13 January 2021

In this week’s session, the National Media and Infocommunications Authority’s (NMHH) Media Council announced the winners of tenders concerning radio frequencies for community use in Győr, Mosonmagyaróvár, Tihany and Zalaegerszeg. The Council also completed the formal review of a radio frequency in Nyíregyháza, and, due to citizen complaints, examined the TV programmes Konyhafőnök VIP and Drága örökösök.

Radio tenders

The Council announced the winners of tenders for the community use of the regional radio media service Győr 96.4 MHz, and the local radio media services Mosonmagyaróvár 99.7 MHz, Tihany 97.6 MHz and Zalaegerszeg 104.4 MHz. In the case of the Győr, Mosonmagyaróvár and Tihany frequencies, the Katolikus Rádió Zrt. won. Concerning the first two tenders, this company was the only applicant, which was also the case for the winner of the tender of the Zalaegerszeg frequency, the Mária Rádió Frekvencia Kft.

The Council completed the formal review of the tender applications for the community use of the Nyíregyháza 106.8 MHz regional radio media service, and registered the bid of Médiahíd Kft..

Media supervisory decisions

Due to citizen complaints, the board examined the November episodes of RTL Klub’s programmes, Konyhafőnök VIP and Drága örökösök. The board established that due to some obscured and sometimes blurred nude pictures appearing in the background of a conversation, Drága örökösök should not have been assigned a higher age limit rating. The pictures were only visible for a couple of seconds, no other sexual references were made in the episode, and, moreover, the viewers’ attention was not drawn to these images. Another complaint was concerned with the impetuous, angry expressions used in both programmes. However, the board established that none of these expressions could be considered a profanity, and they did not exceed the level above which expressions might impair the development of the age group to be protected. The Media Council is not initiating a procedure against the service provider of RTL Klub in either of these cases.

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