Archive of posts tagged public media

Political weekly says public media should reveal finances

Left-leaning political weekly 168 Óra has criticized the MTVA, the body that manages Hungary’s public media, for refusing to make its finances and spending publicly available, despite the outlet’s requests for the information. The MTVA, which received a budget of HUF 77 billion (EUR 261 million), in 2012 said that most of the information is available on their website, and […]

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), […]