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Magyar Telekom to shed staff

By Chris Dziadul

Magyar Telekom has reached an agreement with the interest representation organisations operating at the company.

It will see it reduce the number of employees by a maximum of 450, with the majority expected to leave in the first quarter of 2020. It is also possible that employees voluntarily inform their managers of their intention to leave.

As part of the agreement, Magyar Telekom’s non-executive employees will receive an average salary increase of 5% as of April 1, 2020.

Commenting on the staff reduction the company says: “Magyar Telekom also intends to maintain its market leading position in the intensifying competition and will continue to invest significant resources in achieving its network development objectives. The reorganisation will continue in 2020 to have a more efficient and streamlined organisation that responds faster to customer needs and market changes”.

Magyar Telekom to shed staff

By Chris Dziadul

Magyar Telekom has reached an agreement with the interest representation organisations operating at the company.

It will see it reduce the number of employees by a maximum of 450, with the majority expected to leave in the first quarter of 2020. It is also possible that employees voluntarily inform their managers of their intention to leave.

As part of the agreement, Magyar Telekom’s non-executive employees will receive an average salary increase of 5% as of April 1, 2020.

Commenting on the staff reduction the company says: “Magyar Telekom also intends to maintain its market leading position in the intensifying competition and will continue to invest significant resources in achieving its network development objectives. The reorganisation will continue in 2020 to have a more efficient and streamlined organisation that responds faster to customer needs and market changes”.

Did Hungary turn to the Russian Duma for support against Ukraine?

By Vlagyiszlav Makszimov

Hungary has a deep controversy with Hungary over minority rights. In this context, a heated controversy has unfolded over reports that Budapest asked the Duma, the lower chamber of Russia's parliament, for joint efforts to uphold minority rights in Ukraine.

Press watchdogs call for EU to act over Hungary media curbs

By Georgi Gotev

Hungary has stifled its independent media and imposed a level of control over journalists that is unprecedented in an EU country, according to a joint report from six international press watchdogs that calls on EU leaders to take action.

TV2 set for bond issue

By Chris Dziadul

The Hungarian national broadcaster TV2 Media Group is placed to issue bonds worth HUF30 billion (€89.3 million).

According to Portfolio, this follows its participation in the corporate bond programme launched by the National Bank of Hungary this year and the company has already received a credit rating, with the bonds given a minimum requirement of B+ by Scope Ratings.

TV2 is one of the two main commercial broadcasters in Hungary and had a 37% share of the spot advertising market in 2018, generating HUF20 billion.

Scope expects TV2 to maintain a high degree of profitability in the years to come.

Behind-the-curtain of the EU’s 2050 climate plan, part II

By Sam Morgan

In October 2018, EURACTIV revealed how the European Commission was planning to propose an ambitious new climate plan for 2050. Now the EU is on the cusp of agreeing to implement it. Here is how the pieces line up ahead of crunch talks later in December.

Flames Coach Bill Peters Resigns After Being Accused of Using Racial Slur

By Jacey Fortin

Akim Aliu said Peters “dropped the N bomb” against him a decade ago while Aliu was playing in the minor leagues. Peters apologized in a letter to the team manager on Wednesday. He resigned on Friday.

Flames Coach Bill Peters Resigns After Being Accused of Using Racial Slur

By Jacey Fortin

Akim Aliu said Peters “dropped the N bomb” against him a decade ago while Aliu was playing in the minor leagues. Peters apologized in a letter to the team manager on Wednesday. He resigned on Friday.

Flames Coach Bill Peters Apologizes After Being Accused of Using Racial Slur

By Jacey Fortin

Akim Aliu said Peters “dropped the N bomb” against him a decade ago. On Wednesday, Peters apologized in a letter to the general manager and said he “regretted the incident since it happened.”

Flames Coach Bill Peters Apologizes After Being Accused of Using Racial Slur

By Jacey Fortin

Akim Aliu said Peters “dropped the N bomb” against him a decade ago. On Wednesday, Peters apologized in a letter to the general manager and said he “regretted the incident since it happened.”

Hungarian media deny claims that Eurovision 2020 is β€˜too gay’

By Vlagyiszlav Makszimov

Hungary will not take part in Eurovision 2020, the annual song contest that will take place in Rotterdam next year. Reports have emerged that the reason was the high number of LGBTQ+ participants, which goes going against the conservative views of Viktor Orbán's government.

More Accusations Emerge Against Flames Coach Bill Peters

By The Associated Press

After Hurricanes Coach Rod Brind’Amour confirmed reports that Peters had punched and kicked players, Peters apologized for having directed racial slurs at a player 10 years ago.

Calgary Flames Investigating Coach Over Allegation He Used Racial Slurs

By Liam Stack

The National Hockey League said it was also looking into a player’s allegations that a decade ago, the coach, Bill Peters, had targeted him with racist language.

Digi tops Hungarian pay-TV chart

By Chris Dziadul

Digi was the leading provider of pay-TV services in Hungary irrespective of technology in September, claiming a market share of 29.84%.

However, according to data published by the regulator NMHH, its top spot was almost shared by Magyar Telekom, with 29.65%. Vodafone was third with 18.84% and UPC Direct fourth with 6.55%.

Telekom nevertheless held top spot in the fixed-line broadcasting sector (29.7%), just ahead of Digi (29.4%), with Vodafone claiming third spot (24.6%).

The number of digital TV subscriptions in Hungary in September, based data provided by the top 10 operators, stood at 2,743,556, up from 2,740,026 a month earlier.

At the same time, analogue subscriptions continued to fall, down from 662,860 to 660,506 over the same period.

Digital penetration stood at 80.6% (80.5%).

In terms of technology, digital cable and IPTV accounted for over half (56.1%, compared to 55.8% a month earlier).

It was followed by DTH/DVB-T (24.5%, cf 24.7%) and analogue cable (19.4% v 19.5%).

Digi tops Hungarian pay-TV chart

By Chris Dziadul

Digi was the leading provider of pay-TV services in Hungary irrespective of technology in September, claiming a market share of 29.84%.

However, according to data published by the regulator NMHH, its top spot was almost shared by Magyar Telekom, with 29.65%. Vodafone was third with 18.84% and UPC Direct fourth with 6.55%.

Telekom nevertheless held top spot in the fixed-line broadcasting sector (29.7%), just ahead of Digi (29.4%), with Vodafone claiming third spot (24.6%).

The number of digital TV subscriptions in Hungary in September, based data provided by the top 10 operators, stood at 2,743,556, up from 2,740,026 a month earlier.

At the same time, analogue subscriptions continued to fall, down from 662,860 to 660,506 over the same period.

Digital penetration stood at 80.6% (80.5%).

In terms of technology, digital cable and IPTV accounted for over half (56.1%, compared to 55.8% a month earlier).

It was followed by DTH/DVB-T (24.5%, cf 24.7%) and analogue cable (19.4% v 19.5%).

MEPs shut out of Hungary Council hearing as rule of law situation worsens

By Vlagyiszlav Makszimov

MEPs are reeling after being shut out of a Council hearing under the Article 7 procedure against Hungary for systemic breaches to the rule of law, as the situation in the country further deteriorates.

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