Distributed by several partner broadcasters in Hungary, it is aimed primarily at users between the ages of 20 and 35.
Commenting on the new service, DG Peter Limbourg said: “Now is the time for DW Magyar. Many media in Central and Eastern Europe that have reported critically on their governments are facing various obstacles to their work or have had to give up. With our programming which will soon be available in 32 broadcast languages, we are responding to the growing demand for information among the general public, as well as to the increasing restrictions on media freedom and the risks faced by journalists around the world.”
DW MD of programming Gerda Meuer added: “We offer our audience true-to-life video reports from Hungary, Germany and other European countries, focusing on stories about current political, social, cultural and economic issues”.
Adelheid Feilcke, head of programmes for Europe, said: “With our new offering in Hungarian, we want to enter into conversation with young people in an uninhibited and cosmopolitan manner and thus promote critical discourse about common values and challenges in Europe”.
DW initially launched a YouTube channel in Hungarian this week with around 15 video reports and features, including several editions of the formats Europeo and Untold Stories.
Hungarian was previously part of the German foreign broadcaster’s programming from 1962 to 1977 and from 1993 to 1999.