Executives of Hungary’s state-owned media companies received large bonuses for their work in 2011, daily Népszabadság reported last week.
The top beneficiary of the handouts was István Böröcz (left), the chief executive of MTVA, the state-owned holding that runs Hungary’s public media networks, who took home an extra HUF 9.1 million. Böröcz currently enjoys a gross monthly salary of HUF 2 million and is entitled to a yearly bonus of as much as five months’ salary.
In addition to Böröcz, other public media executives who recently received large bonuses include MTV president Balázs Medveczky (HUF 4.2 million), public radio head István Jónás (HUF 4.3 million), news agency MTI head Csaba Belénessy (HUF 4.8 million) and the head of Duna TV, Menyhért Dobos (HUF 1.1 million).
All except Belénessy got about 90% of their maximum bonus; the MTI chef’s smaller payout is said to have been due to last year’s scandal involving the airbrushing of former Constitutional Court Chief Justice Zoltán Lomnici.