Radio Television of Kosovo

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Radio Televizioni i Kosovës/Radio Televizija Kosova (RTK)
Type

Broadcast radio, television and online

Analog: Terrestrial transmission, cable TV
Digital: DVB-C, DVB-S, DVB-S2, DVB-T, DVB-T2, IPTV
Availability Kosovo
Headquarters Pristina, Kosovo
Owner Government of Kosovo
Key people
Mentor Shala
Launch date
1999
Former names
Radio Televizioni i Prishtinës
Official website
www.rtklive.com

Radio Television of Kosovo (Albanian: Radio Televizioni i Kosovës, Serbo-Croatian: Radio Televizija Kosova) 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.

Programming history[edit]

RTK 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 in Serbian and Turkish. The following July, it expanded to seven hours a day and began offering programming in Bosnian as well. 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 magazine “Yekhipe”—beginning in September 2003. On 22 December of that year, the station began broadcasting 24 hours a day.

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 multi-ethnic UN radio station "Radio Blue Sky". In 2013, RTK's TV services expanded to include RTK 2, a new station intended to focus on minorities.[1] All minority language programming was shifted to RTK 2. 2014 saw the launch of news channel RTK 3 and an arts and documentary station, RTK 4.

Corporate history[edit]

Logo of RTK (1999-2013)

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.

Also in 2002, RTP began hosting awards with the best news moderator being honored by the "Drita Germizaj" award and the best cameraman by the "Rudolf Sopi" award.

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Notes and references[edit]

Notes:

a.   ^ Kosovo is the subject of a territorial dispute between the Republic of Serbia and the Republic of Kosovo. The latter declared independence on 17 February 2008, but Serbia continues to claim it as part of its own sovereign territory. Kosovo's independence has been recognised by 108 out of 193 United Nations member states.

References:

  1. ^ Sennitt, Andy (2009-03-20). "EBU renews service agreement with RTK Kosovo". medianetwork. Retrieved 2009-08-30. 

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