Political business in the commercial television market

In December 2013, just before Christmas, an official announcement confirmed what had been previously rumoured for months. The German television channel ProSiebenSat1 sold its Hungarian subsidiary, the MTM-SBS Ltd., which owns TV2, Hungary’s second largest commercial television channel. The transaction is mired in a number of odd circumstances, however. By Ágnes Urbán. It is unusual […]

Fidesz coming to a radio statio near you

How and why did the public service stations Kossuth Rádió and Dankó Rádió get hold of the frequency previously used by Neo FM? How did the redrawing of Hungary’s radio frequency map affect the already troubled radio market and the diversity of media services? That’s what we set to find out. By Gábor Polyák. In […]

The radio market as a political playground

The one year anniversary of the shuttering of Neo FM is looming. We will leave aside for once how Neo FM received a license to use a frequency in the first place, nor will we shed tears for a station that owes its very existence to political backroom dealings. Nevertheless, it is worth examining the […]

Publicness revisited – a dialogue for a future media regulatory framework 2. – Content regulation

The Mertek Media Monitor launched a public dialogue that lasts several months. The objective of the debate is to reach and engage the widest possible range of stakeholders and to rethink the media regulation framework with their participation. The debate also brings to the public attention those professional considerations and interests that are required in […]

Publicness revisited – a dialogue for a future media regulatory framework 3. – Media authority

The Mertek Media Monitor launched a public dialogue that lasts several months. The objective of the debate is to reach and engage the widest possible range of stakeholders and to rethink the media regulation framework with their participation. The debate also brings to the public attention those professional considerations and interests that are required in […]

Publicness revisited – a dialogue for a future media regulatory framework 3. – Media authority

The Mertek Media Monitor launched a public dialogue that lasts several months. The objective of the debate is to reach and engage the widest possible range of stakeholders and to rethink the media regulation framework with their participation. The debate also brings to the public attention those professional considerations and interests that are required in […]

Publicness revisited – a dialogue for a future media regulatory framework 1. – What do we expect from media regulation?

The Mertek Media Monitor launched a public dialogue that lasts several months. The objective of the debate is to reach and engage the widest possible range of stakeholders and to rethink the media regulation framework with their participation. The debate also brings to the public attention those professional considerations and interests that are required in […]

What do we expect from media regulations?

The Mertek Media Monitor launched a public dialogue that lasts several months. The objective of the debate is to reach and engage the widest possible range of stakeholders and to rethink the media regulation framework with their participation. The debate also brings to the public attention those professional considerations and interests that are required in […]

News consumption, pluralism, democratic participation

Key conclusions ■     While in 2012 almost 80% of adults claimed that the domestic media concealed certain phenomena, in 2013 this ratio had declined to 74.5%. Simultaneously, the share of those who perceive that all news are reported commensurately with their importance has risen from 13.5% to 18%. Respondents who support the governing parties are […]