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Coverage of anti-gov’t demos boosts ATV’s ratings

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Private television station ATV beat out major state-owned channels in viewership, data published by nol.hu on Tuesday reveals. The highest viewer ratings recorded in the history of the channel, were registered during the live coverage of Monday night’s anti-government demonstrations during the 6-11 p.m. time slot.

State-owned TV channel m1’s evening news program, where the demonstration was not headline news, registered 375,000 viewers, compared to ATV’s 469,000. According to nol.hu, coverage of the demonstration by the national TV station, which included only highlights in the fifth segment of the evening’s programs, and reports by the state-owned radio stations, focused on the presence of left-wing politicians at the demonstrations and the violence between protestors and riot police.

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