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The government approved former-Hungarian radio president Istvan Hajdu as head of broadcast regulator ORTT on Monday, breaking an impasse that had left the regulator leaderless for months.

The ruling political party conceded to demands that opposition parties be allowed to appoint nominees to the board.

Hajdu’s appointment is expected to be good for the broadcast industry, which has gone through a revolution in the past six months with the advent of highly rated reality programming.

However, bickering over the make-up of the ORTT board underscores how much the TV industry remains a political powder keg in post-communist Hungary.

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