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A1 News Channel (formerly TV Ballkan, A1 TV, A1 Report) is an all news private television station in Tirana, Albania founded by media mogul Koco Kokedhima and owned by Shekulli newspaper.
A1 Report started as TV Ballkan in 2002 but quickly changed name to A1 TV. During that time period, A1 tried to attract a broader audience through shows such as Papparazzi and Hienat. It was also the only station with purely economic TV shows like A1 Biznes and Kapital. News is updated in real-time 24 hours a day. Since January 2007, A1 Televizion started airing movies and it probably has the latest and most famous movies of any local television in Albania, although it rarely advertises the fact, to comply with its 'new channel' image.
In the next few years, it changed logos several times and became A1 Report affiliated with Shqiptarja.com newspaper. In 2016, Carlo Bollino withdrew from this joint-venture and opened his own channel named Report TV. As a result, Kokedhima re-branded the existing channel as A1 News Channel.
Television in Albania was first introduced in 1960. RTSH dominated the Albanian broadcasting field up to the mid-1990s, a period when privately owned radio and TV stations started to occupy the vast empty Albanian frequencies. Transition to DTV broadcasting is stalling.
Albania at the moment has 2 national commercial television stations, 71 local stations, 83 local cable stations and two commercial multiplexes. Of all the existing national analog television stations, the public broadcaster Radio Televizioni Shqiptar (RTSH) has the greatest reach: its signal covers 80.5% of the territory, followed by Top Channel with 79% and TV Klan with 78%. However, there are also digital multiplexes but they are unaccounted for in the territorial reach figures. It could be said that the other main TV stations, based in Tirana, whose signal covers a significant part of the territory include: Ora News, News 24, Vizion Plus, A1 Report, and Albanian Screen TV. Apart from Vizion Plus TV and Albanian Screen TV, the other stations are all-news ones.
Below is a list of television stations and TV providers broadcasting in the Republic of Albania.