Radio decisions and decisions of the Media Council
At its meeting on 21 December, the Council finalised and published on its website the call for tenders for the community use of the Budapest 92.9 MHz regional media service. The Council completed the formal review of the tender offers submitted for the tendering procedures for the commercial use of the Pécs 101.2 MHz regional, the Székesfehérvár 99.8 MHz and Tatabánya 102.5 MHz local media services. In the former case, the Council registered Katolikus Rádió Zrt., and in the latter two cases Radio Plus Kft. The Council announced the result of the tender procedure for the use of the small community radio media service in Berettyóújfalu: the winner was Attila Miklós Halics. In each case, the business entities were the sole tenderers respectively. The Council approved and published on its website the reopened draft calls for tender for the use of the small community radio media services in Mezőtúr and Székesfehérvár.
At its meeting on 14 December, the Council announced the results of the tender procedures for the community use of the Esztergom 92.5 MHz and Balatonfüred 96.2 MHz local and Győr 88.1 MHz regional media services: the former was awarded to Katolikus Rádió Zrt. and the latter two to Karc FM Média Kft. The Council completed the formal review of the tender offers submitted for the tendering procedures for the commercial use of the Nyíregyháza 91.1 MHz regional, the community use of the Nyíregyháza 100.5 MHz frequencies. In the former case, the Council registered Radio Plus Kft., and in the latter case it called on “Európa Rádió” Nonprofit Közhasznú Kft. to remedy the deficiencies. In each case, the service providers were the sole tenderers respectively.
Also at its last week’s meeting, the Council approved the draft call for tender for the use of the small community radio media service in Szombathely. The council also finalised the call for tender for the Vác 87.9 MHz local community radio media service. In the case of the tender procedure for the use of the small community radio media service in Mezőtúr, the Media Council found that the tender was unsuccessful, as the sole tenderer’s application was formally invalid. At the request of the service provider, the Media Council signed another 60-day provisional public contract for the use of the small community Gyöngyös 92.4 MHz frequency with the Mátra Média Kulturális Association.
An M1 programme on 17 September entitled Most received a citizen complaint alleging that the programme violated the classification rules. The programme aired the full text of the 2006 “Őszöd speech”. Given that the programme Most is a political programme, it should not be classified under an age category. In the light of this, the Media Council established in the course of a regulatory procedure that the service provider of M1 had not breached the legal provisions on the protection of children or any other media administration rule.
Hungarians most often listen to modern and foreign songs
A new study adopted by the NMHH reveals that in 2020, Hungarians mainly listened to songs released in 2019 (14.7%), three-fifths of which were of foreign origin. The study examined the music repertoires and top music charts of Hungarian radio stations last year based on data from YouTube and Spotify. Songs from 2020 came in second place with 13.8%, followed by songs from previous years: the last six years accounted for 50.7% of the music played. This year, the most popular Hungarian artists on radio were Magdolna Rúzsa, Ákos and Wellhello, while the top foreign performers were Dua Lipa, Ava Max and Maroon. On YouTube, T. Danny, Gergő Rácz and Manuel had the most clicks, while the international ranking was led by Dua Lipa, 6ix9ine and Topic. The Hungarian Follow The Flow, along with Dua Lipa and Ava Max, made the top 3 on Spotify’s overall charts. Among the Hungarians, Follow The Flow, Bagossy Brothers Company and Dzsúdló were the most popular.