MTI to operate news centre for all public media

Budapest, November 24 (MTI) – The national news agency MTI will provide the public-service media with news content via a news centre to be set up in the new structure, Csaba Belenessy, the new head of MTI, told a media conference in Tihany (W) on Wednesday.

The new unit will produce news programmes for Duna Television and Hungarian TV, as well as for Hungarian Radio, said Belenessy.

    The director-general said that the online portal to be set up and run by the news centre could become a leading public medium within two years.

    ”We need to create a news portal that can compete with or,” he said.

    According to plans, news content produced by MTI will be made available free of charge to the other public media from the second quarter of 2011, Belenessy said, adding that under the government’s new media laws, public media will receive task-related funding from the central budget.

    Belenessy said that the political parties would be represented in the news flow in proportion to their weight.

    The two-day conference dubbed Korrektura 2010 focused on the new media regulations and market developments.

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