The right-wing, pro-government media portfolio has been further extended, after Pesti TV, a channel established by personalities around pro-Fidesz tabloid Pesti Srácok and backed by Indamedia owner Miklós Vaszily and billionaire Lőrinc Mészáros, started broadcasting on Monday.
The channel’s owner is Orbán-ally businessman Miklós Vaszily (who also had a part in the provocation of the turbulence around Index) and an asset manager, who is managing fast-emerging Orbán-ally businessman Lőrinc Mészáros’ money.
According to Pesti Srácok‘s editor-in-chief Gergely Huth, they want to bring in new voices on the domestic right-wing media market and won’t rival with any of the existing channels. They aim to establish a new genre in Hungary, something that is already well known in the US among those conservative, neo-conservative voices, who are, he says, sidelined in the mainstream media.
Huth also revealed that the pro-government channel’s slogan is “rebellion of normalcy.” He explained that in the Western world’s “mainstream there is a complete craziness going on now where one doesn’t know anymore if he is a boy or a girl,” and in this new world “being normal is the greatest rebellion.”
According to one of the channel’s hosts, Emília Vincze, they aim to “expose liberals.” She also stated that there is a “left-wing terror in the Hungarian universities.” Criticism of opposition-led municipalities, mostly Budapest’s, will also reportedly be in focus.
As of now, a number of right-wing opinion leaders can be found among the shows’ hosts and participants, in addition to pro-government HírTV’s (former) personalities (who reportedly led to minor conflicts between the two channels). Or Roma blogger Róbert Ábrahám who got hyped in the pro-gov’t media after criticizing the Roma community following the Deák Square double stabbing (it was later revealed that the person charged with the murder wasn’t Roma).
Although it is freshly established, Pesti TV can already be found in the basic packages of providers (except for Digi) and is a free-to-air (FTA) channel.
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