Recent data published by the public media broadcaster MTVA shows that while the opposition complains that they do not get enough TV and radio coverage, it turns out that they are regularly invited, they just do not show up.
The Hungarian opposition regularly accuses the public media (MTVA) of not giving them enough coverage. MTVA has now responded to these accusations by publishing the exact number of times opposition politicians have been invited to appear, and how many times they have used this opportunity.
According to MTVA, politicians, analysts, experts, and public figures were and are invited to the two daily programs of the public media, Ma reggel (Today morning) on the M1 news channel and Jó reggelt, Magyarország! (Good morning, Hungary!) on Kossuth Radio.
The article published on the Hirado.hu portal described in detail that in the period between the general elections on April 3, 2022 and November 30, 2022,
they sent out a total of 4,462 invitations to opposition politicians to join them on their programs. Of these, a total of 101 invitations were accepted.
The detailed data shows that the opposition parties that did not accept the invitations were mainly those that are members of the so-called opposition coalition. For example, the opposition party with the largest parliamentary group is the left-liberal DK led by former Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsány. DK politicians received 604 invitations during the above-mentioned period and they only showed up once. In contrast, nationalist opposition party Mi Hazánk (Our Homeland) was invited 24 times and their politicians accepted the invitation every single time.
Featured photo via MTVA/Zih Zsolt