Figyelő (English: Observer) is a Hungarian business and news weekly[1] published in Budapest every Thursday by the Hungarian publishing company Media City Ltd. Figyelő covers a broad range of subjects, such as politics, business, economy, society, technology, and to some extent culture, its approach being economy- or business-related wherever possible. The editorial pieces of the weekly show liberal, libertarian values. Figyelő is perceived in Hungary as an impartial source of information that gives terrain to the centre-left and centre-right politicians and analysts.

History and profile

Figyelő was launched in 1957. It has started and covered several infamous stories of Hungarian politics, notably, the "Tocsik-case" in 1996, a corruption scandal related to the then-socialist-liberal government coalition of Hungary. The case was revealed following an article of Figyelő, and later swelled into one of the greatest scandals of the history of post-Cold War Hungary. At the end of the 1990s the magazine was among the independent and investigative publications in Hungary.[2] During this period the weekly was owned by the Dutch company VNU.[2] Some years later, in 2003, Figyelő revealed a huge banking scandal, in which politicians and well-known businessmen were involved. Figyelő received the Hungarian Pulitzer Memorial Award in 2006, and recently its journalists got some other prestigious awards, such as the Prize of Qualitative Journalism.

The publisher of Figyelő is Media City, and its editor-in-chief is Gábor Lambert. The senior editorial staff of the magazine include Melinda Kamasz (deputy editor-in-chief) and László Sas (copy editor). Figyelő's sections are headed by Gergely Brückner (finance, investment), Ágnes Lilla Kovács (society, style), István Váczi (companies, markets, management, small enterprises), György Dózsa (macroeconomy), Zoltán Baka F. (monitor), Gábor Halaska (IT), and Péter Bucsky (science).

According to the Hungarian Circulation Audit Association (Magyar Terjesztésellenőrzési Szövetség, MATESZ) Figyelő sold an average of 10,086 copies in the first quarter of 2012, which gives the weekly a solid position in the market of Hungarian weekly publications.[3]

Figyelő has an online version. Its brand name is also used for the quarterly, thematic publication Figyelő Trend that covers some major market fields each year. The yearly publication Figyelő Top 200 contains listings, details and figures concerning the 200 biggest companies of the Hungarian economy. The publisher also arranges professional conferences under Figyelő's name. Figyelő Top 200 awards are handed over on Gala nights called Figyelő Top 200 Gála, (arranged in the mid of October each year), with the participation of top dogs of the Hungarian economy.


  1. Péter Bajomi-Lazar; Ágnes Lampe. "Invisible Journalism? The political impact of investigative journalism in Hungary" (PDF). Media Transformations. doi:10.7220/2029-865X.09.03. ISSN 2029-865X. Retrieved 27 November 2014.
  2. 1 2 Rita M. Csapo-Sweet; Ildiko Kaposi (Spring 1999). "Mass Media in Post-Communist Hungary". International Communications Bulletin. 34 (1-2). Retrieved 27 December 2014.
  3. [Matesz]

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