The Hungarian government has given the green light to the privatization of national telecommunications and broadcasting company Antenna Hungaria Rt (AH) in an open tender. According to press reports, six foreign investors have expressed interest in taking part in the privatization tender: France’s Telediffusion de France, Portugal’s Portugal Telecom, Retevision of Spain, Italy’s Telespazio, the Czech Republic’s Ceske Radiokomunikace, and venture capital firm Advent International.
AH operates the shortwave transmitters in Hungary. In two days’ time, the SzÃƒ©kesfehÃƒ©rvÃƒ¡r site will be closed and the two 100kW transmitters and antennas will be dismantled and moved to the other Hungarian site at JÃƒ¡szberÃƒ©ny. The work is expected to take around six months, and in the meantime some of Radio Budapest’s shortwave transmissions will be broadcast through rented facilities at RimavskÃƒ¡ Sobota in Slovakia.