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Title: The Media Council's Tender Procedures for Broadcasting Frequencies - Executive Summary
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Publisher: Mérték (Standards) Media Monitor
Files: The Media Council's Tender Procedures for Broadcasting Frequencies.pdf
Abstract: This is the Executive Summary of a report (in Hungarian) by Mérték (Standards) Media Monitor which examines the Media Council's handling of tender procedures for frequencies. The analysis describes how the Media Council assigned 35 local radio frequencies for which the body's predecessor, the National Radio and Television Commission (ORTT), had initiated tender procedures. Mérték's research revealed that "a few preferred applicants were awarded nearly half of the announced frequencies". Whereas a total of 109 tender proposals were received, three applicants won 43% of the frequencies: the Catholic Mária Radio, the right-wing Lánchíd Radio, and Európa Radio, which has ties to the Reform church. Some well-established other applicants, such as Radio 1 and Juventus Radio as well as the oppositional station KlubRadio, were marginalized. On the other hand, more than a third of the frequencies were awarded to new participants in the media market. The report also criticizes cases (all involving Lánchíd Radio) in which a frequency was awarded on the basis of criteria such as, in particular, the quantity of independently-produced local content, but the Media Council amended the contract shortly after to relieve the station of these commitments. In general, the report argues, "due to deficiencies in the justification of decisions and, primarily, deficiencies in the publicity of decisions made during such processes, the requirement of transparent and controllable decision-making was not fully satisfied".
Publication/ adoption date: 2012-02
Language: English
Rights: Mérték Media Monitor. Permission for reproducing the document granted by email.