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Magyar Rádió

Hungarian Radio
Type Radio network
Country Hungary
Availability Hungary and neighbouring countries
Headquarters 5-7 Bródy Sándor Str., Budapest, H-1088
Owner MTVA
Key people
István Jónás (CEO)
Launch date
December 1, 1925
Official website
File:Pollack Mihaly ter 5.jpg
The headquarters of the Hungarian Radio in Budapest

Magyar Rádió (MR, The Hungarian Radio Corporation, also known internationally as Radio Budapest) is Hungary's publicly funded radio broadcasting organization. It is also the country's official international broadcasting station. Magyar Rádió was admitted to full active membership of the European Broadcasting Union on 1 January 1993.

Domestic networks

With its headquarters in Budapest and several regional offices around the country, MR is responsible for public service broadcasting throughout the Hungarian Republic. As well as maintaining nine regional studios, the corporation produces three nationwide Hungarian-language radio channels (Kossuth, Petőfi, and Bartók) covering the full range of public-service radio provision, and a fourth channel (MR4) aimed at the country's linguistic minorities.

Kossuth Rádió

Main article: Kossuth Rádió

Named after Lajos Kossuth, the channel is the official radio station of Hungary. It is the flagship channel of the Hungarian Radio. Created in 1925, the station has over 3 million listeners per day.[1] It primarily broadcasts news, including interviews, discussions, reports and other speech-based programmes.

Petőfi Rádió

Named after the poet Sándor Petőfi, the station is aimed at the younger generation and broadcasts pop music.

Bartók Rádió

Named after the composer Béla Bartók, this is a dedicated classical music station. It hosts high culture talk programmes in addition to orchestral and opera music. Supposedly, only a few thousand people listen to this station and proposals to terminate Rádió Bartók have been made several times, but never enacted.[citation needed]

Nemzetiségi Adások

This radio channel airs programmes in languages of national minorities of Hungary.

Parlamenti Adások

Parliamentarian broadcasts.

Dankó Rádió

This radio station airs regional content throughout Hungary, plays folk music and broadcasts operetta shows. It is available round the clock on the internet and FM. Also it broadcasts via mediumwave on weekdays from 4:30am to 9:05pm and on weekends from 5:00am to 9:05pm. Then the station's frequencies are handed over to Kossuth Rádió for the rest of the night.

International broadcasting

Radio Budapest output (1950-2007)

Estimated total direct programme hours per week of some external radio broadcasters for 1996
Broadcaster 1950 1960 1970 1980 1990 1996[2]
23x15px VOA, RFE/RL & Radio Martí 497 1,495 1,907 1,901 2,611 1,821
23x15px China Radio International 66 687 1,267 1,350 1,515 1,620
23x15px BBC World Service 643 589 723 719 796 1,036
23x15px Radio Moscow / Voice of Russia[1][3] 533 1,015 1,908 2,094 1,876 726
23x15px Deutsche Welle 0 315 779 804 848 655
23x15px Radio Cairo (ERTU) 0 301 540 546 605 604
Template:Country data IRN IRIB World Service / Voice of the Islamic Republic of Iran 12 24 155 175 400 575
Template:Country data IND All India Radio 116 157 271 389 456 500
Template:Country data JPN NHK World Radio Japan 0 203 259 259 343 468
23x15px Radio France Internationale 198 326 200 125 379 459
23x15px Radio Netherlands Worldwide[1] 127 178 335 289 323 392
Template:Country data ISR Israel Radio International[1] 0 91 158 210 253 365
23x15px Voice of Turkey 40 77 88 199 322 364
Template:Country data PRK Radio Pyongyang / Voice of Korea 0 159 330 597 534 364
23x15px Radio Bulgaria[1] 30 117 164 236 320 338
23x15px Radio Australia 181 257 350 333 330 307
23x15px Radio Tirana (RTSH) 26 63 487 560 451 303
23x15px Radio Romania International 30 159 185 198 199 298
23x15px Radio Exterior de España[5] 68 202 251 239 403 270
23x15px RDP Internacional[1] 46 133 295 214 203 226
23x15px Radio Havana Cuba 0 0 320 424 352 203
23x15px Rai Italia Radio[1] 170 205 165 169 181 203
23x15px Radio Canada International[1] 85 80 98 134 195 175
23x15px Radio Polonia[1] 131 232 334 337 292 171
23x15px Radio RSA / Channel Africa 0 63 150 183 156 159
23x15px Sveriges Radio International[1] 28 114 140 155 167 149
23x15px Magyar Rádió[1] 76 120 105 127 102 144
23x15px Radio Prague[4] 119 196 202 255 131 131
23x15px Voice of Nigeria 0 0 62 170 120 127
23x15px Radio Belgrade / International Radio of Serbia 80 70 76 72 96 68

Source: International Broadcast Audience Research, June 1996

The list includes about a quarter of the world's external broadcasters whose output is both publicly funded and worldwide. Among those excluded are Taiwan, Vietnam, South Korea and various international commercial and religious stations.


  1. Does not broadcast on shortwave as of 2014.
  2. 1996 figures as at June; all other years as at December.
  3. Before 1991, broadcasting for the former USSR.
  4. Before 1996, broadcasting for the former Czechoslovakia.
  5. REE ceased all shortwave broadcasts in October 2014 but announced in December that it would resume shortwave transmission in Spanish only for four hours a day in order to accommodate Spanish fishing trawlers who were otherwise unable to receive REE at sea.


History and profile

Ever since its foundation, the Hungarian Radio P.L.C. has been a "citadel" of domestic information, and cultural life. Since December 1, 1925, the institution has had a decisive role in forming the Hungarian public opinion, and general taste.

It is true in spite of the fact that regular television broadcasts were launched in Hungary in 1958. Forty years later, in 1998, the dual media system was formed. Owing to that a regular competition started between the different mass media channels. Since commercial television and radio stations flooded the market primarily with entertainment industry products, the value-centered approach and program structure of the public service radio makes it, if possible, even more important to preserve its culture creating and broadcasting functions.

Hungarian Radio P.L.C. has three nationwide radio channels. Two of its channels broadcast news, political, economic and cultural programs round the clock. It is a partner to the domestic audience and a link with the Hungarians over the frontiers, a chance for them to retain their national identity. Hungarian Radio could use the slogan often heard in radio commercials: "From clear source only". The buildings and studios of the Radio are located in Budapest, in the block between Bródy Sándor Street and Pollack Mihály Square. There are also two beautiful palaces in this area, one of them was owned earlier by the Eszterházy’s and the other one by the Károlyi family. The construction of Studio No. 6, the big orchestra studio, is linked with Georg von Békésy’s name, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for his acoustic researches in 1961.

On July 1, 2007 Radio Budapest has cancelled the programming in foreign languages.

The main theatrical director of Magyar Rádió is Otto Solymosi.

In Popular Culture

In 1974, Locomotiv GT's Locomotiv GT (Dunhill Records 811) was released with the slogan "Radio Budapest Loves You !"

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