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Hungary public media opens bureau in Brussels

Hungary's Media Service Support and Asset Management Fund MTVA has opened a bureau in central Brussels to provide reporting about news and events involving Hungary, European political developments, European Union affairs and topics of public interest, MTVA's press office said on Tuesday.

The bureau has a staff of six correspondents for Hungarian news agency MTI, public television news channel M1, public news broadcaster Kossuth Radio and the news website, the office said in a statement.

It said that the bureau’s central location and its highly modern technology infrastructure meeting 21st century standards ensure “an excellent opportunity to facilitate the work of the correspondents and provide to the viewers and listeners of the public media a service at an even higher level”.

Opening the bureau, Daniel Papp, the chief executive of MTVA, said it was particularly important for the Hungarian public media operator which has a global network of correspondents to have an office in Brussels, “the capital of the European Union”. He called it MTVA’s duty to report about every event affecting Hungary and provide a platform for all the participants to present their views. “Our credo is to continue innovation … we have taken creative efforts to ensure that the Hungarian public is informed about affairs affecting them in the fastest and most accurate manner, and first hand,” Papp said.

Anita Altorjai, chief executive of Duna Mediaszolgaltato, the public service media service provider, called it one of the most important tasks of public media to provide to the public authentic information as quickly as possible at a high professional level. “To fulfill this task, our presence [in Brussels] is indispensable.”

She said that “by opening the bureau, we are already preparing for next year’s EP elections and the subsequent Hungarian EU presidency”.

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