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Appeals by Danubius, Sláger start in radio frequency case

Appeals against a decision by the incumbents, and losers, in a radio frequency tender decided in October started at the Budapest Municipal Court on Thursday.

The first hearing took place for Sláger Radio, which argues the tender decision was illegal and ought to be overturned, but the first hearing for Danubius Radio was postponed until January 5 as the plaintiff made additions to its appeal.

Frequency authority ORTT awarded the seven-year concessions in November to newcomers in what some industry insiders saw as a politically-motivated decision.

ORTT issued a statement on Wednesday calling a resolution by the United States House of Representatives saying it “encourages the Republic of Hungary to respect the rule of law and treat foreign investors fairly, and to maintain its commitment to a free and independent press” - referring to the results of the tender - unjustified. (MTI-Econews)