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Authorities Bodies of Albania and Kosovo show Willingness to Strengthen Cooperation

Authorities Bodies of Albania and Kosovo show Willingness to Strengthen Cooperation

September 25 , 2018

A high level delegation from the Independent Media Commission of Kosovo (KPM), led by Mr. Muja Ferati, Chairman of IMC, Ms. Violeta Hyseni Kelmeni Vice Chairperson, Ms. Naile Krasniqi, Executive Director, and Members Ms. Vlorë Berisha, Ms. Anita Muriqi, Ms. Maja Slavic, Mr. Xhemajl Krasniqi, on Monday, on 24 September 2018, held a working visit in Tirana at the AMA’s premises.

Digitalization of audiovisual broadcasting, drafting of procedures, approving the package of bylaws, frequency allocation for the interested subjects, penalities aplied to medias that do not respect the Broadcasting Code, especially the protection of children, were some of the issues that were addressed in the meeting.

AMA Chairman, Mr. Gentian Sala and his counterpart from KPM, Mr. Muja Ferati, as well as members of delegations from the two regulatory institutions, presented the common points where cooperation could be more dynamic.

The delegation from Kosovo, was more interested in information and experience on the digitalization process, where they are still in the first steps of the preparations, demanding from AMA legal, technical and organizational expertise to overcome this fundamental change in the Kosovo audiovisual market.

Mr. Sala reassured the readiness to assist all those processes that were consolidated in AMA, making them applicable to the reality of Kosovo’s audiovisual broadcasting.

There will also be support for reviewing the complaints made in Kosovo for Albania’s TV channel programs in favor of ensuring the diversity and quality of the products, said Mr. Sala during the meeting. It was emphasized the importance for both institutions that the complaints coming to AMA or KPM from all citizens, both in Kosova and Albania, to be treated equally by both institutions.

The AMA Periodical Bulletin, a 6-month publication published by AMA since 2016, was another interest for the Kosovo delegation as an instrument for transparency of the audiovisual market performance.

This official meeting between the regulators was a concrete expression of willingness to strengthen inter-institutional cooperation, exchange of information, experiences in legal, technical, organizational practices, etc.

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Frequently Questions about the Digitalisation Process

Frequently Questions about the Digitalisation Process

September 13, 2018

  1. Does AMA have any information booklet about connecting DVB-T2 decoders to the TV and other information necessary for the digitalization process?

Yes. All the informations are illustrated in the Brochure that AMA has prepared since the beginning of the process, which you can find on the official AMA website. L

ink:http://ama.gov.al/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Broshura_AMA_Dixhitalizimi.pdf

      2. Why should I have a DVB-T2 decoder?

To access digital broadcasts, you must have an external Universal DVB-T2 decoder or a TV set that incorporates this type of decoder. The designation of DVB-T2 technology is an obligation according to the 2012 Digitalization Strategy and the Law 97/2013 “For the Audiovisual Media in the Republic of Albania”.

      3. What should I do to get a digital signal on my TV?

To access the digital signal, you must have an external Universal DVB-T2 decoder or a TV set that incorporates this type of decoder. In the case of an external decoder, make sure that the connection to the TV and the antenna is done properly, and then put your TV on auto search to find digital channels. If the decoder is plugged into a TV, just connect the TV to the antenna and then set it in an auto-scan mode.

       4. And what happen if I do not have e decoder?

If you do not have a decoder, or your TV does not have a DVB-T2 decoder, then you will not be able to access digital broadcasts. We understand that the digitalization process will take place throughout Albania. Analog transmissions will be shut down and will be transmitted to digital broadcasts. The process is supposed to take place in phases, district after district until full analogue broadcasting is complete. By closing the analog broadcasts in the region where you live, you will not be able to watch TV programs unless you have a DVB-T2 decoder.

       5. Which decoder should I buy, as there are many types in the market?

The brands of decoders can be different, but it is important that the decoder type to be Universal DVB-T2, so that you can use a decoder for all digital platforms.

       6. In what format and resolution should I have the TV set to be able to track digital broadcasts?

To access digital broadcasts no matter what set has your television it is important to have a Universal DVB-T2 external decoder or a TV set that incorporates this type of decoder.

        7. What is the list of channels that can be followed during digital broadcasting?

The channel list depends on the region where you live. Channels free of charge that can be viewed will be all channels of national operators (RTSH and private operators), as well as local / regional channels that previously broadcast on analog in your county.

         8. Do I have to pay to see digital broadcasts?

Digital broadcasts are offered free of charge and paid. Free channels (free of charge) are all channels of national operators (RTSH and private operators) as well as local / regional channels that previously broadcast analog to your region. At present, in digital technology, at least 34 free channels can be viewed.

         9. It’s a must to have an antenna or satellite?

The digitalisation of television broadcasts is only related to terrestrial broadcasting rather than satellite, cable or IPTV. To access these broadcasts, you can try using the antenna you used for analog broadcasting without having to buy another antenna.

         10. I have a TV with integrated DVB-T2 decoder. What should I do to watch digital broadcasts?

You must connect your TV to the antenna and then set it in auto search to find digital channels. It should be noted that, unlike analogue broadcasts, where the antenna can be run not completely from the broadcast point, for digital broadcasting the direction of the antenna is of great importance as it directly affects the reception of the signal and its quality.

         11. Do each television have to be equipped with a decoder (DVB-T2) separately?

If your TV has an incorporated DVB-T2 decoder, it is not necessary to buy an external decoder. Otherwise, each TV must be equipped with an external decoder. It is also possible to have a single decoder and a digital signal splitter to be distributed to other TVs, but in this case all TVs will be viewed the same TV channel. So it is not possible for different TV channels to be seen on different TV channels.

         12. If I hook up the TV to an external DVB-T2 decoder, should I save all the channels manually?

If you set your TV to auto-scan, then your digital TV channels will rank according to AMA’s specifications. Meanwhile, you have the opportunity to sort the channels as desired.

         13. Where can I buy a decoder?

The decoder can be found at points of sale where television equipment are sold such as antennas, cable television, satellite dishes etc. Just make sure that the decoder is of a universal DVB-T2 type, so that you can use a decoder for all digital platforms.

         14. How to connect the decoder to the TV?

The way the decoder is connected to the TV and the antenna is very simple and unmistakable. Please follow the manual instructions in the decoder box.

         15. How much does it costs a DVB-T2 decoder?

The decoder price varies by type, brand or year of production. But AMA does not have such information, as AMA has no authority to check and verify the price of decoders in the market.

         16. When digitalization will be over in my region, can I watch analogue broadcasts?

We inform you that the process of digitization will take place throughout Albania. Analog transmissions will be shut down and will be switched over to digital broadcasts. The process is supposed to take place in phases, district after district until full analogue broadcasting is complete. By closing the analog broadcasts in the region where you live, you will not be able to watch TV programs if you do not have a DVB-T2 type decoder or a TV set that incorporates this decoder type in order to access digital broadcasts.

Information on the Digitalization Process of Audiovisual Broadcasts in the Regions of Tirana and Durrës

Information on the Digitalization Process of Audiovisual Broadcasts in the Regions of Tirana and Durrës

September 13, 2018

Given the many questions, phone calls and numerous comments received by AMA, we are repeating some information on the digitalization process of broadcasting in the districts of Tirana and Durrës.

  • With the starting of digital broadcasting, residents of the Tirana and Durres districts have the opportunity to attend 34 free channels that can be viewed by all DVB-T2 decoders;
  • All televisions regardless of production year or brand, fit with decoders (DVB-T2) available in the market;
  • 88,000 decoders for free have been distributed by the government to households that are part of the economic aid scheme. All these decoders receive free of charge 34 channels;
  • The campaign for information and public awareness of the digitalization process has been going on for about two years, being considered a longer-term campaign than other countries in the region.
  • There are about 300 public interviews organised with the participation of AMA specialists and field experts, accompanied by periodic broadcast of advertisements on television and radio, dedicated to the awareness of citizecs regarding the proces of digitalization.
  • The technology being applied to DVB-T2 is defined in the National Digitalization Strategy in 2012, also sanctioned in Law no. 97/2013 “On audiovisual media in the Republic of Albania”, as amended;
  • The costs of switching to digital broadcasting for local operators will be covered by the government during the first year. This sanctioned by the Law no. 34/2017 “On the Diversity Digital Frequency Freedom”, as amended;
  • AMA, in 2015, has reduced the tariff for local regional operators relying on the public operator’s network, from 5760 euros / month that was designed by the previous AMA board to around 2150 euros per month;
  • AMA has the public fund, guaranteed by the government to inform the public for the digitalization process by the end of 2018. This fund will be used to tailor advertising based on the issues encountered during the passage of audiovisual broadcasts in the districts of Tirana and Durrës;
  • AMA will continue with the campaign information and awareness of citizens in order to successfully switch digital broadcasts in the districts of Tirana and Durrës within 15 January 2019.

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AMA’s Chairman Talks with Journalists about the Digitalization of Audiovisual Broadcasts in Tirana and Durrës

AMA’s Chairman Talks with Journalists about the Digitalization of Audiovisual Broadcasts in Tirana and Durrës

September 10, 2018

On Monday, September 10, 2018, the chairman of the Audiovisual Media Authority (AMA), Gentian Sala, held a conference with journalists, focusing on the closure of analogue audiovisual broadcasts for the districts of Tirana and Durrës.

He has maximally appreciated the process, as in these two districts, where about one-third of Albania’s population lives, TV program followers will only reach them digitally.

Responding to the interest of present journalists, national and local and regional media, Sala highlighted the fact that from the closure of analogue broadcasts by audiovisual subjects in these two districts, the elimination of unlicensed digital broadcasting cases was achieved and the issue of channel sorting was finalized, according to AMA’s legal definitions.

Recalling the maximum and uninterrupted engagement of AMA for about one and a half year in an awareness and information campaign for the general public, the chairman of AMA expressed the conviction that any issue or uncertainties for a limited number of citizens will be solved.

Mr. Sala said that there are about 88 thousand people who have already benefited a decoder for free as part of the state budget support schemes.

He found the opportunity to thank all the television operators that on 10 September 2018 were cooperating in this vital process for the audiovisual broadcasting market. Mr. Sala expressed gratitude also for the patience of the citizens in this crucial process. At the end of the process citizens will have the opportunity to attend 34 free channels from the public and private programming packages that are broadcasted.

The two AMA’s call numbers about digitalization process: 04 410 44 55 and 04 410 44 56, will continue to serve the citizens to inform them and guide them to the new reality of digital terrestrial television broadcasts in the Tirana and Durrës, said during the conversation with journalists, AMA’s Chairman, Mr. Gentian Sala.

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Important Step for Digitalization: Analogue TV Broadcasts for Tirana and Durrës Districts were Closed

Important Step for Digitalization: Analogue TV Broadcasts for Tirana and Durrës Districts were Closed

September 10, 2018

Audiovisual Media Authority, AMA, announces that today, on September 10, 2018, analogue audio and audiovisual broadcast for Tirana and Durres districts have been closed.

In this way, from today and in continuation in these two regions, where about one-third of Albania’s population lives, TV program followers will only reach them digitally. Switching off analogue broadcasts from national and regional television channels has been accompanied with the closure of all the unauthorized channels, and the issue of channel sorting has been resolved, according to AMA’s legal definition.

AMA is grateful to all the TV operators who have been cooperating in this vital process for the audiovisual broadcasting market, and is grateful for the patience of the citizens who will not only watch more quality broadcasts but also will have more added free channels. With the end of this process citizens will follow 34 free channels from the public and private programming packages that are broadcasted.

For further information, contact us at 04 410 44 55 or 04 410 44 56.

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Reminder for the Termination of Analogue Broadcasts in Tirana and Durrës Districts

Reminder for the Termination of Analogue Broadcasts in Tirana and Durrës Districts

September 7, 2018

The Audiovisual Media Authority (AMA) reminds you that the final date for the closure of analogue broadcasts in the Tirana and Durrës district is 10 September 2018.

AMA calls on all entities operating in these districts to respect the deadline set.

Also, all tele-viewers who follow TV broadcasts through analogue technology must be equipped with a DVB-T2-Universal digital terrestrial decoder or be equipped with a television set that incorporates the decoder of this type.

Under other conditions, after September 10, 2018, TV broadcasts in Tirana and Durrës can not be seen.

For further information, contact us at 04 410 44 55 or 04 410 44 56.

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AMA in Solidarity with Journalist of News 24 Mrs.Klodiana Lala

AMA in Solidarity with Journalist of News 24 Mrs. Klodiana Lala

August 30, 2018

The Audiovisual Media Authority was known by the media with the attack on the father’s apartment of the journalist Mrs. Klodiana Lala.

The free speech, the interlocutor of the journalist’s profession, is the foundation of a democratic society.

The Audiovisual Media Authority strongly condemns the gunfight and calls on the competent authorities to investigate and resolve this serious event as soon as possible.

First of all as a citizen and secondly as a journalist Mrs. Lala and her family should not feel threatened.

AMA, defends freedom of expression, independent media and journalists who exercise their profession with courage.

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AMA is postponing until September 10 the closure of analogue broadcasts in Tirana and Durrës districts based on the request of national, regional and local operators

In the framework of the conclusion of analogue broadcasts in the Tirana and Durrës districts,  Audiovisual Media Authority, AMA, conducted several meetings with national, regional and local operators, focusing on examining some of their requests for postponement of the analogue broadcasting date, predetermined on 31.07.2018.

National operators, who have been launching decoder for years, have been requesting postponement of the deadline for a period of one month, because they are adapting these devices to comply with the requirements of the program order regulation, endorsed by AMA.

On the other hand, the Radio and Broadcasting Association, RRTL, which represent regional and local audiovisual subjects, addressed a number of requirements related to the difficulties encountered on the digitalization process of their broadcasts, among them and the time insufficient available for completing the process in Tirana and Durrës counties.

These requests were addressed by the RRTL and at the special consultative meeting held by Parliamentary Committee on Education and Means of Public Information dated 24.07.2018. During the meeting, the chairman of the Commission as well as the present deputies expressed their understanding of the concerns of local operators regarding the process and importance of their solution to the good administration of the digitalization process.

Concretely, on behalf of the Commission, it was decided to send a letter to AMA and RTSH, as well as to other relevant institutions that could address some of the issues brought to this table, including a review of the possibility of postponing the analogue frequency closing date by the end of the year.

As a result of the aforementioned developments, AMA extends the termination of analogue broadcasting in Tirana and Durrës districts, until 10.09.2018.

Adherence to the standard of Albanian language, meeting with AMSP in the districts of Vlora and Fier

The round table on “Adhering to the standard of Albanian language in audiovisual broadcasts”, organized by the Audiovisual Media Authority, (AMA), after Tirana and Shkodra, gathered on Thursday 21 June 2018 in the city of Vlora, representatives of the regional AMSP of Vlora and Fier.

Deputy Chairman of AMA, Mr. Sami Nezaj, at the opening of the Roundtable, focused his disccusion on the importance of this aspect in the content broadcast by audio and audiovisual subjects, with a direct impact on public education, as well as in preserving the best of spoken Albanian and written.

“Mass media have an extraordinary role in the public, so AMA is sharing ideas and suggestions in the meetings with the interest groups to look at the possibility of intervention for improvements in the legal and sub legal framework in force.

The Director of Programs, in AMA, Mr. Arben Muka, said that by the end of 2017 and following contents broadcast by national and regional audiovisual subjects with a focus on respecting spoken and written Albanian, are being reviewed, drawing attention to AMSP with the problems encountered.

Head of Content and Analysis Sector, in AMA, Mr. Zimo Krutaj, presented to the participants in the Round Table some of the main issues dealt with illustrative examples, such as cases of deviations from the Albanian language norm, syntax errors and unnecessary use of foreign words being spotted, spelling errors in the subtitles of television news, etc.

Representatives from the subjects of the two districts, such as TV 6 + 1, Apollon TV, TV 4 Plus, TV South, Radio Val and Blue etc., appreciated the AMA’s commitment, as well as presented some aspects and problems they have in respecting the standard of spoken and written Albanian, linking them more to economic hardships, reduced staffing, and the shortcomings in educating reporters and editors. They supported the idea for making Amendments to the Law 97/2013 and to the AMA Broadcasting Code for respecting spoken and written Albanian standards in content broadcast by AMSP.

 

Round table in Shkodra and Lezha districts on “Respecting the standard of Albanian language in audio-visual broadcasting”

AMA organizes a round table with the Media Services Provides (MSP) of Shkodra and Lezha districts

On Thursday, June 14, 2018, in the city of Shkodra, the Audiovisual Media Authority (AMA) organized a roaund table on “Respecting the standard of Albanian language in audiovisual broadcasts”. At this roundtable, all Media Service Providers (MPS) of Shkodra and Lezha districts were invited.

In the opening speech Mr. Sami Nezaj, Deputy Chairman of AMA, emphasized the purpose and intentions of organizing this roundtable; the importance of the Albanian literary language in the linguistic and cultural formation of young ages as well as the objectives and the role of AMA to respect the standard of spoken and written Albanian in the audio and audiovisual media.

During this roundtable, the Head of Content and Analysis Sector, of the Program Directory in AMA, Mr. Zimo Krutaj, presented a summary report on the experience and results of monitoring national television broadcasts and some Tirana TV news broadcasts. Illustrative and problematic examples were presented such as occurrences and major cases of deviations from the Albanian language norms, syntax errors and unnecessary use of foreign words founded in the audiovisual programs of national television as well as spelling errors in the subtitles of television news.

Attendees at the table, representatives of the local MSP of Shkodra, Lezha and Malësi e Madhe, brought their experiences and assessed the necessity of implementing the literary standard of Albanian in the programs they broadcast. They also stressed the difficulties encountered in this regard, due to the lack of linguistic training of journalists and the lack of editors and correctors in their small newsrooms. There were also issues of communication ethics on the screen and in the microphone as well as professional standards.

The panel concluded that for the respect of Albanian language literary standard in audiovisual broadcasts and also raising the awarnes of operators and public opinion, it should be thought of concrete sanctions, either through the existing provisions in the Media Law and the AMA Transmission Code, or through making new amendments to the existing legislation.

This round table was held after the meeting helded in AMA on April 17th, 2018, with the same theme. For AMA, it is of great importance to develop these discussion tables for rigorous observance of spoken and written Albanian standard in audiovisual content. AMA has therefore planned to continue sensitizing round tables for the use of the Albanian language even in two other major districts in the south and southeast of the country.