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Removal of female TV anchors probed

The civil rights ombudsman's office has launched an investigation to find out if the Hungarian public television MTV's recent decision to remove women anchors from its prime-time television news magazines was an act of gender discrimination, Deputy Ombudsman Albert Takács said yesterday. Introducing a new broadcasting scheme on September 12, MTV took all women anchors off its prime-time news program, arguing that viewers considered middle-aged male anchors to be more credible. MTV said the women had not been fired but were re-assigned to other tasks and will appear on-screen more than before under the new program structure. (MTI; Nv 3, MH 4, Nb 5)