Duna Televizio, the second Hungarian national TV station, has responded enthusiastically to the EBU calling to broadcast this year's Eurovision Song in the hope to retain the local interest in the contest and in the hope to get the chance to organise the country's participation in the future.
Although Duna Televizio are not full EBU members yet, the second Hungarian state channel will be broadcasting both Eurovision song Contest semi finals and the grand final. Ever since their debut in 2007, Magyar Televisio (MTV) were the ones in charge of the Hungarian participation until forced to withdraw in 2010 due to budget cuts. Duna TV Cultural Vice President Ms Szabo Magda stated that it is very important to maintain and even grow local interest in the contest as well as take part next year.
Duna Televizio, who also broadcast to North America and Australia via satellite, already expressed interest to send a Hungarian representative to Oslo but, as they are not yet full members of the EBU, this was not possible. "It is important to emphasise that only EBU members can take part in the contest." stated Ms Szabo, "in Hungary, Magyar Televízió is the member TV station, Duna Televízió is an approved participant member." Mrs Szabo went on to explain that Duna Televizio would like to follow the example of other countries such as Russia, where two national broadcasters take turns in sending an entry to the Eurovision Song Contest: "We don't want to take away the chance from Magyar Televízió forever, but could take it over with great pleasure. The most important is to show the contest to Hungarian viewers and to vote and support for a Hungarian participant in Eurovision 2011!".
Special thanks to Klész Imre of ESC Hungary for his assistance.