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Broadcast org growls at watchdog.

BUDAPEST Hungary's Electronic Media Council, a union of commercial broadcast networks, has lambasted regulatory body the ORTT as too "political" and called for changes to taxation and licensing fees.

The council's ire underscores the disenchantment of commercial networks with the state broadcast watchdog org. In April, the ORTT penalized commercial networks RTL-controlled RTL Klub, SBS-controlled TV2 and regional net Budapest TV for airing violent and sexual content. The penalties included a two-hour suspension of broadcasting at RTL Klub, a half-hour suspension at TV2 and an hour suspension for Budapest TV.

Representing top commercial TV broadcasters Danubius RTL Klub and TVY, pay service HBO and radio nets Juventus Radio and Slager Radio, the council called for a ban of commercial advertising on state media nets Magyar Televizio and funding reforms to replace frequency license fees with a tax on ad and subscription revenues.

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Title Annotation:Hungary; Electronic Media Council
Author:Nadler, John
Publication:Variety
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:4EXHU
Date:May 24, 2004
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