Seventy million technical support for community TV and radio channels

Published: 24 September 2021

Nineteen community radio, television and small community radio stations are awarded nearly HUF 70 million for technical development - decided the Media Council of the National Media and Infocommunications Authority (NMHH) at its meeting this week. The council announced the winners of a frequency tender in Székesfehérvár and one in Kiskörös.

Nearly HUF 70 million technical support to be granted for nineteen tenders

In the first round of this year’s technical tender for the support of public media service providers the winners will be awarded a total of HUF 69.78 million for the acquisition of studio, sound, lighting equipment, signal transmission devices and IT tools necessary for the provision of media services. The following televisions were awarded funding: Körzeti Televízió Tata, Tatai Televízió, Szentes Televízió, Völgyhíd TV in Biatorbágy, Körös Televízió in Csabacsűd, Kiskőrös Televízió, TiszapART television in Szeged, Bajai Televízió, TV Szentendre, Túrkeve Televízió, Danubia Televízió in Tahitótfalu, and EWTN BONUM and Apostol TV in Budapest. Service providers of the following community radios submitted successful tenders: Mária Rádió Nefelejcs in Veszprém, Klasszik Rádió 92.1 in Budapest, and 92.7 MHz and 91.6 MHz frequencies of the Magyar Katolikus Rádió. Rádió Szentendre and Rádió Szarvas as small-community radio stations received funding too.

Decisions of the Media Council

The Media Council will not open a procedure in the case of the commercial block broadcast with an age-rating of 12 on Duna television after 9:00 pm, because the reported spots – promoting chewing gum, vaginal tablets and probiotics – did not contain any elements which could have had a harmful impact on the mental, psychological and moral development of minors. No procedure will be launched against the service provider of RTL Klub based on a complaint, because the television channel aired the series entitled Haláli csajok with an age rating of “Not suitable for viewers under 18” from 12:30 am, indicating the age-rating at the start of the programme and after every commercial break as prescribed by law. 

The body launched another two procedures with regard to the programmes of ÉPI-TECH for violating its provisions on product placement, this time against the two separate service providers of Kölcsey TV and Somogy TV. At the beginning of August in an episode of the broadcast programme, and in their rebroadcast additional information similar to commercials were heard about the services, products of construction companies, which is illegal. This is the nineth procedure currently underway at the Media Council regarding the programme.

The council launched a regulatory investigation against the service provider of hatoscsatorna, for broadcasting the programme entitled Ahogy nő a NŐ - nőgyógyászat és szexológia on a July day correctly with an age-rating of “not suitable for viewers under 18”, and between 10:00 pm and 5:00 am, but it failed to show the warning sign before the programme which is mandatory according to the provisions of the Media Act.

Decisions about radio frequency tenders

The Council announced the winners of submitted tenders for the community use of the local frequencies of Székesfehérvár 96.1 MHz and of Kiskőrös 91.7 MHz: in both cases Katolikus Rádió Zrt. as the sole tenderer won.

The only tenderer in the Budapest 96.4 MHz and in the Budapest 105.9 MHz regional frequency procedures were LBK Base Kft. and LBK Sport Kft. respectively. For the Mór 89.0 MHz and Szekszárd 102.5 MHz tenders only the Katolikus Rádió Zrt. submitted a tender. Following the formal reviews, the council registered the tenderer entities in both cases.

The Media Council approved the draft tender notices for the community use of the regional frequency of Nyíregyháza 100.5 MHz and a small community media service facility at Gyöngyös.

The full agenda of the weekly meetings of the Media Council is available on the council’s website together with the minutes of the sessions and all the resolutions – the latest documents are published after the necessary certification and administration processes.