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Bleak future for radio minority broadcasts

Representatives of nine nationwide minority governments called on the Speaker of Parliament in a Wednesday letter to help them negotiate a deal with Hungarian public radio to keep their programming on the air. Public radio currently gives them air time on one of its frequencies, but it will be giving up use of that particular frequency as of February 2006, and the minority groups have no idea what will become of their broadcasts. "We don't even have a vague impression of what Hungarian Radio plans to do or where it will broadcast our nationwide and regional programs," says their letter, a copy of which they sent to MTI. Another copy of the letter, signed by leaders of the Bulgarian, Gypsy, Croatian, German, Polish, Slovak, Slovene, Ruthenian, and Ukrainian minorities, was sent to Equal Opportunity Minister Kinga Göncz. (MTI)