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30th January, 2018

HírTV cutting back

HírTV is outsourcing programme production and cancelling other productions due to financial problems, Magyar Idők writes.

The station’s crime programme “Riasztás” could be produced by outside staff, in an effort to reduce costs.

HírTV’s daily news background programme “Newsroom” was expected to be removed from the screen as of Monday, website 24 reported. Poor ratings are to blame for the decision.

Sources told 24 that a new programme will succeed “Newsroom”, called “Frontvonal”, in which voters on the street will be interviewed for their opinions on the present political leadership.

Magyar Idők says it is common knowledge that Lajos Simicska’s media portfolio lost Ft 3 billion last year. The pro-government newspaper says Lánchíd Rádió is on the verge of closure, Magyar Nemzet faces an uncertain future and more staff members could join pro-Fidesz channel Echo TV.

Sources regularly consulted, with abbreviations used in text: Népszabadság (N); Magyar Hírlap (MH); Világgazdaság (VG); Napi Gazdaság (NG); Magyar Nemzet (MN); Népszava (Nsz); Kossuth Rádió news (KR); nightly TV news (TV).

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