Hungarian national TV blacks out after mistakes

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In its first day as an all-news channel, state-owned TV station M1 had so many technical problems yesterday that it had to shut down around 2.30 pm, Hungarian online daily origo.hu reported. Mistakes were made in editing, cutting and sound transmission, and the anchors seemed to be intimidated by the continuous live broadcast, the daily reported.

The name of Hungary’s President János Áder was misspelled numerous times as “Ádár”, in images and videos provided by viewers.

Hungarian Media Authority CEO László Zsolt Szabó defended the problems with the state TVʼs switch to an all-news format, saying that “only people who do not work do not make mistakes”. He added that he was “expecting that minor mistakes would be amplified” as their work has “weight” and occurs in front of “the public eye”. He said that online portals encounter the same mistakes, however the publicity in such cases is more limited.

According to the report by Origo, the Hungarian state has invested HUF 80 bln in the reorganization and consolidation of state-owned media outlets.

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