TV2 personnel leave the channel, eye online portal


In what appears to be a move toward a government-friendly media outlet, Bence György, former program and news director of Hungarian channel TV2, and four of his fellow colleagues, left the channel and are planning to build an online portal, Hungarian online daily reported yesterday.

According to unnamed sources cited by Origo, the leaving experts might be working for Árpád Habony, who has reportedly started building a Fidesz-friendly media empire. The new portal could be launched in a couple of months. György refused to comment on the portal as he said “it would be too early,” according to Origo.

Although the channel’s ownership structure is opaque, TV2, the second-most popular TV channel in Hungary, is apparently at least partly owned by media oligarch Lajos Simicska, who had a very public falling out with Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and his Fidesz party in February. Since then, various members of Simicska’s media outlets have been defecting to Fidesz-friendly outlets, including those that are said to be controlled by Habony.


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