ATV (Hungary)

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Launched 1989
Audience share 2,7% (4+, 2012,
Country Hungary
Broadcast area National; also distributed in Romania and Slovakia
Formerly called Magyar ATV

ATV (formerly known as Magyar ATV) is the first Hungarian private TV channel, broadcasting continuously since 1989. The focus of programming is news, public life, current events. Licensed as a partially public service commercial television station, it is obliged to broadcasting public interest programs (news, current affairs, sports, religion) 50% of the time.[citation needed] Because of this special status, the channel is eligible to apply for grants from the government and the radio and television authority. As of 2003 the owner of the channel is the Hungarian Faith Church.[1]


The channel is criticized about its non-government-friendly programs and left-wing or liberal presenters.[2]