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Radio Television of Kosovo (Albanian: Radio Televizioni i Kosovës, Serbian: Radio Televizija Kosova – RTK) is the public service broadcaster in Kosovo. It offers two radio stations broadcasting a diverse programming of news and music and four 24-hour television services broadcasting on terrestrial and satellite networks.
RTK replaced RTP and began broadcasting in September 1999 on analog satellite with a daily two-hour transmission, expanding to four hours per day in November 2000, with programming mainly in Albanian, and partially in Serbian and Turkish. The following July, it expanded to seven hours a day and began offering programming in Bosnian as well.
In 2001, RTK was established as an independent public service broadcaster by broadcasting regulation. The station was initially managed by the European Broadcasting Union to permit time for a non-political Board of Directors to be established. This was in place and the station independent of the EBU by the end of the year. In January 2002, an office was opened in Tirana, with a website launching in July. A second office was opened in Tetovo in November 2002.
In 2002, at which time it was broadcasting 15 hours a day, 35% of the station's broadcasts were produced externally, with the bulk of programming local. It included news and business coverage as well as farming information. Broadcasting remained multilingual, with programming in another language (the Romani language magazine “Yekhipe") beginning in September 2003. On 22 December of that year, the station began broadcasting 24 hours a day. Also in 2002, RTK began hosting awards with the best news moderator being honored by the "Drita Germizaj" award and the best cameraman by the "Rudolf Sopi" award.
RTK's radio transmission began with the October 1999 acquisition of the multilingual public radio station "Radio Prishtina", which became "Radio Kosovo". In 2000, it acquired the multi-ethnic UN youth radio station Radio Blue Sky.
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.