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Hungary cuts 600 jobs at public TV, radio

Hungary is cutting 600 jobs at public television and radio stations, as well as state news service MTI, Bloomberg's correspondent reported from Budapest.

Employees being dismissed include award-winning journalists, producers and, in some cases, the entire staff of programs created before Prime Minister Viktor Orbán came to power last year, said the news website, which is running a list of those who are dismissed.

The opposition Socialist Party and pro-environment LMP said in separate statements that the jobs cuts were a cover for "politically cleansing" public media, Bloomberg commented on the issue.

On the othaer hand, MTVA, the holding group for public media, denied any political motivation in selecting employees for dismissal, saying they were part of a "renewal" of public media, Bloomberg said.