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MTVA (Hungary)

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Media Service and Support Trust Fund
TypeState-owned corporation
IndustryMass media
PredecessorMT, MR, Duna TV, MTI
Founded1 January 2011; 10 years ago (2011-01-01)
Area served
ServicesTelevision, radio, online
OwnerGovernment of Hungary
SubsidiariesDuna Media Service

Médiaszolgáltatás-támogató és Vagyonkezelő Alap (MTVA) (English: Media Services and Support Trust Fund) is a Hungarian fund company owned and financed by the Hungarian state, through the State Office of Media and Communications (NMHH). MTVA was established on 1 January 2011, and from 2015 the company's main task has been to finance and operate Duna Media Service [hu], Hungary's public-service broadcasting company. It is an active member of the European Broadcasting Union.


MTVA headquarters in Budapest (2012)
MTVA headquarters in Budapest (2012)

MTVA brought together four public media companies in Hungary: Magyar Rádió (MR), Magyar Televízió (MT), Duna Televízió (Duna TV) and Magyar Távirati Iroda (MTI). At the same time, MTI was given the exclusive right to produce news content for the public broadcasters.[1][2][3] According to Hungarian politicians, the establishment of MTVA should help clean up the country's "dysfunctional public broadcasting sector". However, the media reform received criticism from foreign politicians and media experts who believed the reform limited the independence of broadcasters and gave the government greater control over the country's public broadcasters.[4]

The four broadcasters continued as four divisions under MTVA, but on 1 July 2015 were merged into one joint broadcasting company: Duna Media. This nonprofit organization is the legal successor to each of the four formerly separate entities managed by the MTVA.[5] The Duna TV channel become the main generalist channel, replacing the first Magyar Televízió channel M1, the oldest in Hungary, which changed its format/genre and assumed continuous broadcast of news related programming.

Among other things, MTVA is responsible for distributing funds and resources to the various departments in Duna Media. Most people who work for Duna Media are also employed through MTVA. According to the Hungarian National Assembly, MTVA wants to have a relationship with its British counterpart BBC.


The logos of the radio and TV stations of the Hungarian MTVA
The logos of the radio and TV stations of the Hungarian MTVA

Its activities include radio, television, news agencies and online services as listed below:


MR operated 7 radio stations:

  • Kossuth Rádió: News and entertainment
  • Petőfi Rádió: Pop music and youth programming
  • Bartók Rádió: Classical music
  • Dankó Rádió: Folk, operetta and pop-folk
  • Nemzetiségi Rádió: broadcasts programs aimed at ethnic minorities in Hungary
  • Parlamenti Rádió: Parliamentary broadcasts and political events
  • Duna World Rádió: broadcasts news and Hungarian programs to Hungarians abroad


  • Duna: Duna Media's main generalist channel for television.
  • Duna World: international channel which caters to Hungarians abroad
  • M1: broadcasts news, debates and current affairs programming.
  • M2: children and family channel with night-time programming called M2 Petőfi
  • M3: broadcasts movies and historical programs, taken from the archives of Magyar Televízió and Duna TV. As a TV channel, it closed down on 30 April 2019 and launched as an online service the following day.
  • M4 Sport: Sports channel established in July 2015
  • M4 Sport+: Sports channel established in September 2020
  • M5: culture and educational programming, formerly sports

News agency

Internet logo (2016) logo (2016)

See also


  1. ^ "Hungarian public service media companies merge - MTVA". Media Service Support and Asset Management Fund (MTVA). Archived from the original on 22 December 2015. Retrieved 23 August 2015. The merger ensures that the companies do not terminate their operation without having a legal successor.
  2. ^ "Original press release of MTVA on the merger in Hungarian". Archived from the original on 9 December 2018. Retrieved 8 December 2018.
  3. ^ Gábor Polyák (2015-01-22). "New Amendment to the Media Act". Mérték Média Monitor. Archived from the original on 6 December 2017. Retrieved 2018-12-04.
  4. ^ "Media Law in Hungary | CMCS".
  5. ^ Polyák, Gábor; Nagy, Krisztina (January 2015). Hungarian Media Law (PDF). Budapest: Mérték Media Monitor Nonprofit Ltd. p. 30. Retrieved 23 August 2015.

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