More layoffs planned for public media

The Media Services and Asset Management Fund (MTVA), the body that manages Hungary’s public media, announced that more layoffs will take place in the first week of December.

According to press reports, 140 employees will be laid off from public TV, 80 will be laid off from public radio and 30 will be let go from national news agency MTI. The MTVA is also planning to shut down the regional radio studios of the Public Radio Service (Kossuth radio), reports said. Current plans call for ending program production at the five regional studios—in Győr, Pécs, Szeged, Debrecen and Miskolc—on December 22. This would mean dismissing 40 regional staff members and relying on reports from the local studios of county radio.

The MTVA oversees the assets of, and funding allocations for, Hungary’s public media. The Fund is managed by Hungary’s Media Council, which is responsible for approving the Fund’s annual plan and subsidy policy and for determining the rules governing how MTVA’s assets can be used, managed, and accessed by the public media.