Hungary ends broadcasts in the OIRT FM band, starts new minorities programme
Wednesday, February 7th, 2007


Tibor Gaál reports from Hungary: On 1 February, 2007, the first channel of Hungarian Radio, Kossuth Rádió, ended its broadcast on the OIRT FM band (66-73 MHz; popularly known as Eastern FM). At the same time a new radio network for minorities, called MR-4 began broadcasting at 0700-1900 UTC on mediumwave. Two new digital channels also launched on satellite. One channel will broadcasts MR-4, the second transmits Parliamentary Sessions live.

The OIRT FM band was introduced during the mid 1960s by Soviet initiation. The former socialist countries of Czechoslovakia, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Mongolia and the Soviet Union used this band for radio broadcasting instead of the CCIR FM (87-108 MHz) band. However, the OIRT FM band was never used by the former Yugoslavia. One or two TV channels were located on the CCIR FM band at that time, but this band was empty in Budapest.The mediumwave frequencies and transmitters of MR-4 are as follows:

1188 kHz Marcali
1188 kHz Szolnok
873 kHz Lakihegy
873 kHz Pécs
MR-4 on satellite: Hot Bird 3: 13 degrees east; transponder: 72; frequency: 12,14944 GHz; polarisation: Vertical; dual Mono, CH1 (L) Nemzetiségek Rádiója
Parliamentary sessions: Hot Bird 3: 13 degrees east; transponder: 72; frequency: 12,14944 GHz; polarisation: Vertical; dual Mono, CH2 (R) Parlamenti közvetítés (Parliamentary session)