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Hungary: The State as Strong Media Governor

  • Agnes UrbanEmail author
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Part of the Media Business and Innovation book series (MEDIA)

Abstract

The organizing forces of the free market have long dominated the Hungarian mass media. Hungarian mass media have long been dominated by the organizing forces of the free market. However, this has now come to an end. Until the revolutionary changes of 1989/1990, the communist system dominated the media. There were no commercial broadcasting companies and print media were supervised by the state. After the Press Law of 1986, it became rather easy for publishers to start a media business. Only a special license was required from the authorities. However, after the political changes of 1989/1990 well-known foreign investors entered the Hungarian market. Similar to other CEE countries, Hungary was an attractive place for major international publishing houses to increase their market size and diversify their business operations (Bajomi-Lazar 2001, 2005a; Galik 2004).

Keywords

Political Influence Print Medium Media Council State Subsidy Public Service Broadcasting 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of InfocommunicationsCorvinus University of BudapestBudapestHungary

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