Archive of posts tagged MTVA

Opposition pans Media Council’s 2011 report

Media Council member Tamás Kollar reportedly drew criticism from opposition MPs when he presented the Council’s annual report to Parliament on November 13. According to Mediajogfigyelő, Kollar’s presentation focused on statistics and numbers but did not cover the controversial new media law or its consequences. Socialist Party MP László Mandur criticized the report for providing […]

Media Authority awards IMG HUF 1.5 billion contract for public media

Budapest-based Inter Media Group Ltd. (IMG) media agency won a HUF 1.5 billion (EUR 5 million) tender to handle media buying for the Media Services and Asset Management Fund (MTVA), the body that manages Hungary’s public media, according to an announcement in early November. IMG is majority owned by Péter Patonai, who was appointed as CEO of the Hungarian […]

Despite heavy layoffs, public TV hires reporters from pro-government TV station

Hungary’s public media management company, the Media Services and Asset Management Fund (MTVA), stirred controversy in early November over reports it had hired reporters from conservative station Echo TV despite ongoing plans to downsize. Echo TV is owned by top Fidesz donor Gábor Széles, who also owns the national pro-government daily newspaper, Magyar Hírlap.  In response, the MTVA […]

Consortium of banks to finance purchase, upgrade of public media headquarters

The fund that manages Hungary’s public media has taken a loan of HUF63 billion (210 million) to purchase and upgrade its headquarters and production base on Kunigunda útja, in Budapest’s Óbuda. A consortium made up of four banks will finance the loan. According to a statement from the Media Services and Asset Management Fund (MTVA), […]

Unions protest mass layoffs at public media

Public media union representatives have sent a letter to Hungary’s Media Authority in protest of the planned layoffs by the public media holding company, the Media Services and Asset Management Fund (MTVA). The letter was signed by seven leaders of various unions representing public service media workers and sent to Annamária Szalai, the Chairperson of […]

After a year-long demonstration for free-press, protestors removed by force

An 11-month demonstration in front of Hungary’s public media office was brought to an end this month after protestors say they were forcibly removed from the site by security workers. According to Balázs Nagy Navarro, organizer of the demonstration outside the Media Services and Asset Management Fund (MTVA) headquarters, some 30-40 security officers arrived at […]