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Viasat 3 protests lack of tender

Although the National Radio and Television Board (ORTT) extended the operational contracts of commercial TV channels TV2 and RTL Klub by five years last week without a tender, Hungary's number 3 commercial channel, Viasat 3, would have submitted a bid to one of the national frequencies, according to Viasat 3 CEO Attila Kocsis. However, the Media Act makes it possible to extend operational contracts without a tender. Viasat 3 is owned by the Swedish Modern Times Group (MTG). In related news, János Tímár, a member of ORTT and a delegate for the Alliance of Free Democrats (SzDSz), proposed a price hike on the annual Ft 1.5 billion fee the commercial channels have to pay to ORTT for the concession rights, but the rest of delegates voted against it. (Nb 1) P.O.