Magyar Rádió

Magyar Rádió
Hungarian Radio / Radio Budapest
Type Radio network
Country  Hungary
Availability International
Headquarters 5-7 Bródy Sándor Str., Budapest, H-1088
Key people István Jónás CEO
Launch date December 1, 1925
Official website
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 (MR1-Kossuth, MR2-Petőfi, and MR3-Bartók) covering the full range of public-service radio provision, and a fourth channel (MR4) aimed at the country's linguistic minorities.

MR1-Kossuth Rádió

Named after Lajos Kossuth, MR1-Kossuth Rádió is the official radio station of the Republic of Hungary, and 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, and reports.

MR2-Petőfi Rádió

Named after the poet Sándor Petőfi, the station is available nationwide in the western FM band. It is aimed at the younger generation and broadcasts pop music.

MR3-Bartók Rádió

Named after the composer Béla Bartók, the station is a dedicated classical music station that airs on a nationwide basis in the western FM band in stereo. It hosts some high culture talk programme in addition to a lot of orchestra 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]


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


Parliamentarian broadcasts.


Regional broadcasts. Studios: Debrecen, Pécs, Szolnok, Szeged, Miskolc, Győr.


Folk music radio. Only the internet.

International broadcasting

Radio Budapest output (1950-2007)

For a comparison of RB to other broadcasters see


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.

See also

  • György Szepesi, Hungarian radio personality and sports executive


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