Media Council: HUF 16.5 million technical funding for community radio and television stations

Published: 12 January 2022

Nine community and small community television and radio stations are awarded more than HUF 16.5 million for technical development - decided, among other issues, the Media Council of the National Media and Infocommunications Authority (NMHH) at its meeting this week. The Council announced the winners of the tender procedures for three rural radio media services, conducted the formal review in two procedures and finalised the call for tenders for a Szombathely assignment.

Three television and six radio stations winning technical funding

In the third round of this year’s technical tender for the support of public media service providers the winners will be awarded a total of HUF 16.52 million for the acquisition of studio, sound, lighting equipment, signal transmission devices and IT tools. Funding was awarded to the following televisions: Pannon Televízió in Pécs, Mezőtúri Városi Televízió and Városi TV Mohács. The community radio stations of Európa Rádió and Csillagpont Rádió in Miskolc, Mária Rádió Helikon in Veszprém, and 90.9 Jazzy Rádió in Budapest also submitted successful tenders. Small-community radio stations Rádió Smile in Kiskunfélegyháza and Táska Rádió in Székesfehérvár are to receive support too.

Decisions of the Media Council and decisions about radio frequency tenders

The Council announced the winners in the tender procedures for the commercial use of local media services at Székesfehérvár 99.8 MHz and Tatabánya 102.5 MHz, and the small-community use of the media service for the Törökszentmiklós assignment: in the former two cases Radio Plus Kft, in the later Rádió Horizont Kft. were the winners. The Council completed the formal review of the tender offers submitted in the tendering procedures for the commercial use of the Szeged 87.9 MHz regional and the community use of the Nyíregyháza 100.5 MHz frequencies. In the former case the Council requested Radio Plus Kft. to submit missing and additional information, and in the latter case it registered Európa Rádió Nonprofit Közhasznú Kft. In each case, the service providers were the sole tenderers respectively. The Council finalised and is publishing on its website the call for tenders for the use of the small-community radio media service at a Szombathely assignment.

The service provider of Balaton Televízió was sanctioned with a penalty of HUF 50 thousand by the Council for breaching the rules on product placement when it aired a direct call for purchasing a product in the investigated programme, and the service provider of Best FM in Zalaegerszeg and Eger was levied a total penalty of HUF 40 thousand for violating contractual obligations.

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.