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Radio Televizioni Shqiptar (English: Albanian Radio and Television – RTSH) is the public broadcaster of Albania, founded in 1938 in Tirana.
RTSH runs three television stations called Televizioni Shqiptar (TVSH), four digital television stations as RTSH, and three radio stations using the name Radio Tirana. In addition, four regional radio and TV stations serve in Gjirokastër, Korçë, Kukës, and Shkodër.
The international radio service broadcasts radio programmes in Albanian and seven other languages via medium wave (AM) and short wave (SW). and uses the theme from the song "Këputa një gjethe dafine" as its signature tune. The international television service via satellite was launched in 1993 and is aimed at Albanian-speaking communities in Kosovo, Serbia, Macedonia, Montenegro, and northern Greece, plus the Albanian diaspora in the rest of Europe. Since 1999, RTSH has been a member of the European Broadcasting Union.
RTSH is the official organizer of the Albanian Song Festival Festivali i Kenges, the winner of which represents Albania in the Eurovision Song Contest. RTSH is funded by a combination of commercial advertising, a licence fee of US$12.00 and grant-in-aid from the Albanian government.
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.