Albania profile - Media
- 20 March 2015
- From the section Europe
TV is by far the most popular medium, but the internet is beginning to close the gap. The press and radio are smaller fry.
As well as TV networks run by public RTSH, there are two national privately-owned TVs, Top Channel and TV Klan, and scores of local stations. Two companies offer digital terrestrial (DTT) and satellite packages.
As well as national radios run by RTSH there are two national commercial networks and more than 60 local and regional stations. The BBC broadcasts on 103.9 FM in Tirana.
Despite shrinking readership figures, the number of newspapers is still high, with some 25 dailies.
The media are generally free. Broadcasters are regulated by an independent body and the press self-regulates. The biggest threat to freedom is from self-censorship, sometimes arising from media owners' business and political interests.
Some 1.8 million Albanians were online by 2014 (InternetLiveStats.com). The state does not restrict web access.
Facebook, Google, YouTube and Yahoo are the most popular websites, followed by local news portals and the websites of major media outlets.
- Shekulli - private daily
- Gazeta Shqiptare - private daily
- Panorama - private daily
- Rilindja Demokratike - Democratic Party daily
- Koha Ditore - private daily
- Zeri i Popullit - Socialist Party daily
- Koha Jone - private daily
- Albanian Daily News - English-language news site
- Tirana Times - English-language weekly
- Albanian Radio and TV (RTSh) - public, operates two networks
- Top Channel - national, private
- TV Klan - national, private
- Vizion Plus - private
- Albanian Screen - private
- Agon Channel - private
- Albanian Radio and TV (RTSh) - public
- Top Albania Radio - national, private
- +2 Radio - national, private