The main opposition Socialists call on members of the top media authority to resign after they declared talk-broadcaster Klubrádió’s bid for a Budapest radio frequency invalid “just to silence the only surviving opposition radio,” the party’s deputy group leader said on Monday.
Zoltán Lukács said in front of the National Media and Infocommunications Authority (NMHH) headquarters that the authority’s lawyers informed him that Klubrádió’s bid had been declared invalid for not having signatures on empty pages of the tender document.
NMHH spokeswoman Karola Kiricsi said all 11 bids for three Budapest radio frequencies were declared invalid by the Media Council last Thursday strictly in keeping with a court decision stipulating that formal criteria must be met by all bids.
In a case filed by opposition-leaning Klubrádió, an appellate court ruled in March that the Media Council had wrongly awarded the 95.3 MHz radio frequency to rival bidder Autoradio Broadcasting in December 2011 since its bid had been formally deficient.
Lukács said the Media Council’s behaviour in this issue was shocking. He added that the back sides of council members’ appointment documents were not signed either and even NMHH head Annamaria Szalai’s application for her post, and her declaration of compatibility, were not signed on the back. As a result, she should not have been appointed, Lukacs said. Read more about the case on FreeHungary.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 July 2012 12:15