Nova Makedonija is the oldest daily newspaper in the Republic of North Macedonia. It was published by NIP Nova Makedonija; the first edition of Nova Makedonija came out on 29 October 1944, in Gorno Vranovci, was written in unstandardized Macedonian language. The unsuccessful privatisation of Nova Makedonija in 1994-1996 led to the disappearance of all its print outlets from the market, the entry of WAZ as the main foreign investor, with a resulting strong concentration in the print media sector. WAZ withdrew in 2012. Media of the Republic of Macedonia Makedonia, newspaper in Greece. Makedoniya, newspaper in Bulgaria. Official web site
Macedonian Radio Television
Macedonian Radio Television is the public broadcasting organization of North Macedonia. It was founded in 1993 by the Assembly of the Republic of Macedonia, its defined service is the production and broadcasting of radio and television programmes of all genres, which should satisfy the public information, cultural and recreational needs of the people of North Macedonia. MRT is directed by Petar Karanakov. An industry outsider, Karanakov was selected for his independent politics and strong reputation for integrity and management. Karanakov supervises 1,200 MRT staffers. Macedonian Television broadcasts 73 hours of programmes daily on its three national terrestrial and two international satellite channels. TerrestrialMRT 1 broadcasts a continuous 24-hour programme. MRT 1 HD simulcasts the programme of MRT 1 in HD quality. MRT 2 broadcasts programmes for the national minorities in North Macedonia. Albanian, Turkish, as well as programmes in Serbian, Romany and Bosnian. MRT 2 HD simulcasts the programme of MRT 2 in HD quality.
MRT 3 will broadcast a new category of programmes yet to be announced. MRT Sobraniski Kanal was formed in 1991 as an experimental channel, but now it broadcasts the activities from the Assembly of the Republic of North Macedonia. MRT Sobraniski Kanal HD simulcasts the programme of MRT Sobraniski Kanal in HD quality. SatelliteMRT Sat started in 2000 and broadcasts a continuous 24-hour programme, which are a selection of programmes from MRT, as well as its original programme of 5 hours; the station broadcasts to Australia & New Zealand through the Optus D2 Satellite via UBI World TV. MRT 2 Sat broadcasts a continuous 24-hour programme in Albanian language; the framework of the Macedonian Radio consists of three national channels, a satellite channel and a non-profit regional channel. It broadcasts 86.5 hours of programmes daily on satellite channels. The First channel, Radio Skopje, broadcasts a continuous 24-hour programme, it functions as a talk radio. The Second channel, Radio 2, broadcasts a continuous 24-hour programme, too.
It is focused on popular entertainment. The Third channel of Radio Skopje, broadcasts programmes in all the languages of the national minorities in North Macedonia, including Albanian; the satellite channel, Radio Macedonia, commenced in July 2003, broadcasts a 24-hour continual programme, a selection of programmes from Macedonian Radio and its original programme "Radio Macedonia" with a duration of 6 hours and 30 minutes. Kanal 103 provides FM broadcasting only for the region of Skopje with the mission of promoting avantgarde music and culture. Macedonian Radio broadcasts its programme over the Internet. Radio in Vardar Macedonia began in 1941, when Skopje was administrative capital of Vardar Banovina in Kingdom of Yugoslavia. On 27 January 1941 Radio Skoplje started broadcasting in Serbian and retransmitting some programs from Radio Belgrade. On 20 April 1941 Radio Skopje was relaunched under Bulgarian control as Radio Skopie, retransmitting some programs from Radio Sofia. Broadcasting in new Macedonian language began on 28 December 1944 as Radio Skopje with the live transmission of the Second Session of ASNOM.
Since 1991 Macedonian Radio and Television is television broadcaster. In July 1993, MRT was admitted as a full active member of the European Broadcasting Union. MRT uses the acronym: MKRTV. With the enactment of new broadcasting law on 24 April 1997, Macedonian Radio and Television was split into two parts: Macedonian radio-diffusion and Macedonian Radio-Television. According to article 77 of the broadcasting law, 61% of the collected broadcasting tax belongs to Macedonian Radio Television; the process of transformation of MRTV in a public service broadcaster is not yet completed. Editorial independence of MRTV is guaranteed by law but de facto lacking due to lack of independent funding and lack of independence of MRTV managerial bodies. MRTV executive directors in the last ten years remained close to the party in power; the network is funded by a license fee as well as by public budget contributions and advertising revenues. Budgetary needs, the practice of ad hoc state budgetary funding, has created a "culture of dependence" in MRTV.
MRTV is supervised by the MRTV Council, whose members are appointed by the Parliament upon proposal by "authorised nominators" from civil society. The Council elects the members of MRTV Management Board. Although formally only accountable to the legislature through its annual report and budget plan, MRTV remains informally accountable to the executive, undermining institutional autonomy. MRTV risks neglecting cultural pluralism obligations, in terms of programmes for minorities, as well as lacking impartiality and distance from government/majority politicians. MRT Center Official website Radio Skopje Radio Bitola
Sloboden Pechat is a daily newspaper in North Macedonia. Sloboden Pechat translated in English means Free Press; the daily newspaper Sloboden Pechat was founded in October 2013, with the first number dated October 19. In November 2016, the company "Sloboden Pechat doo" became a part of the "Adria Media Group DOO" from Serbia; the founders were a group of journalists with open minded and democratic tradition, like Branko Geroski and Gradimir Jovanovic, with significant technical and logistic help of the advertising agency Media House from Skopje. Capital founders of the newspaper were Vlatko Kosevaliski, at the time a General manager, Gradimir Jovanovic. Branko Geroski was appointed as Editor in Chief. After taking over the share in "Sloboden Pechat doo", "Adria Media Group DOO" from Belgrade gives full support to the newspaper; as a result of that support, Sloboden Pechat grew to by far the largest print media and distribution house in the part of printed media, with a largest daily print run in Macedonia.
The timing of the beginning of the newspaper was a result of the actual social and political situation in Macedonia. The motto of Sloboden Pechat is “Always on the side of people”; the printing started on a leased printing machine in own printing plant, with personal distribution, because the existing printing and distribution houses refused to print and distribute it. Hence, with few used vehicles, old PCs and outdated software, together with few courageous professionals, Sloboden Pechat grew up to be the leading daily newspaper, with largest circulation in the market, with a distribution fleet of 13 vehicles; as of July 2018, Sloboden Pechat DOO had around 50 employees, 19 in the newsroom, 5 in Marketing department, 5 in Printing house, 13 in Distribution department, 4 in Finance and Administration department. The company has contracts with free-lance journalists, reporters from other cities in Macedonia and abroad, internet portals, as well as cooperation with the State Information Agency MIA and foreign news services.
The newspaper Sloboden Pechat in January 2017 launched the digital edition slobodenpecat.mk. The portal has been modernized and redesigned in order to offer new level of communication of the bestselling daily newspaper. Official page
Skopje is the capital and largest city of North Macedonia. It is the country's political, cultural and academic center; the territory of Skopje has been inhabited since at least 4000 BC. A Paeonian city, Scupi became the capital of Dardania in the second century BC. On the eve of the 1st century AD, the settlement was seized by the Romans and became a military camp; when the Roman Empire was divided into eastern and western halves in 395 AD, Scupi came under Byzantine rule from Constantinople. During much of the early medieval period, the town was contested between the Byzantines and the Bulgarian Empire, whose capital it was between 972 and 992. From 1282, the town was part of the Serbian Empire and acted as its capital city from 1346 to 1371. In 1392, Skopje was conquered by the Ottoman Turks who called it Üsküb, with this name being in use in English for a time; the town stayed under Ottoman control for over 500 years, serving as the capital of pashasanjak of Üsküp and the Vilayet of Kosovo.
At that time the city was famous for its oriental architecture. In 1912, it was annexed by the Kingdom of Serbia during the Balkan Wars. During the First World War the city was seized by the Bulgarian Kingdom, after this war, it became part of the newly formed Kingdom of Serbs and Slovenes becoming the capital of the Vardarska banovina. In the Second World War the city was conquered by the Bulgarian Army, part of the Axis powers. In 1944, it became the capital city of Democratic Macedonia, a federal state, part of Democratic Federal Yugoslavia; the city developed after World War II, but this trend was interrupted in 1963 when it was hit by a disastrous earthquake. In 1991, it became the capital city of an independent Macedonia. Skopje is located on the upper course of the Vardar River, is located on a major north-south Balkan route between Belgrade and Athens, it is a center for metal-processing, timber, textile and printing industries. Industrial development of the city has been accompanied by development of the trade and banking sectors, as well as an emphasis on the fields of transportation and sport.
According to the last official count from 2002, Skopje had a population of 506,926 inhabitants. Skopje is located in the north of the country, in the center of the Balkan peninsula, halfway between Belgrade and Athens; the city was built in the Skopje valley, oriented on a west-east axis, along the course of the Vardar river, which flows into the Aegean Sea in Greece. The valley is 20 kilometres wide and it is limited by several mountain ranges to the North and South; these ranges limit the urban expansion of Skopje, which spreads along the Vardar and the Serava, a small river which comes from the North. In its administrative boundaries, the City of Skopje stretches for more than 33 kilometres, but it is only 10 kilometres wide. Skopje is 245 m above sea level and covers 571.46 km2. The urbanised area only covers 337 km2, with a density of 65 inhabitants per hectare. Skopje, in its administrative limits, encompasses many villages and other settlements, including Dračevo, Gorno Nerezi and Bardovci.
According to the 2002 census, the City of Skopje comprised 506,926 inhabitants. The City of Skopje reaches the Kosovo border to the North-East. Clockwise, it is bordered by the Macedonian municipalities of Čučer-Sandevo, Aračinovo, Studeničani, Sopište, Želino and Jegunovce; the Vardar river, which flows through Skopje, is at 60 kilometres from its source near Gostivar. In Skopje, its average discharge is 51 m3/s, with a wide amplitude depending on seasons, between 99.6 m3/s in May and 18.7 m3/s in July. The water temperature is comprised between 18.1 °C in July. Several rivers meet the Vardar within the city boundaries; the largest is the Treska, 130 kilometres long. It crosses the Matka Canyon before reaching the Vardar on the western extremity of the City of Skopje; the Lepenec, coming from Kosovo, flows into the Vardar on the northwestern end of the urban area. The Serava coming from the North, had flowed through the Old Bazaar until the 1960s, when it was diverted towards the West because its waters were polluted.
It met the Vardar close to the seat of the Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts. Nowadays, it flows into the Vardar near the ruins of Scupi; the Markova Reka, the source of, on Mount Vodno, meets the Vardar at the eastern extremity of the city. These three rivers are less than 70 kilometres long; the city of Skopje comprises two artificial lakes, located on the Treska. The lake Matka is the result of the construction of a dam in the Matka Canyon in the 1930s, the Treska lake was dug for leisure purpose in 1978. Three small natural lakes can be found on the northeastern edge of the urban area; the river Vardar caused many floods, such as in 1962, when its outflow reached 1110 m3/s−1. Several works have been carried since Byzantine times to limit the risks, since the construction of the Kozjak dam on the Treska in 1994, the flood risk is close to zero; the subsoil contains a large water table, alimented by
North Macedonia the Republic of North Macedonia, is a country in the Balkan Peninsula in Southeast Europe. It is one of the successor states of the former Yugoslavia, from which it declared independence in September 1991 under the name Republic of Macedonia; the country became a member of the United Nations in April 1993, but as a result of a dispute with Greece over the name, it was admitted under the provisional description the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, a term, used by some other international organisations. In June 2018, Macedonia and Greece resolved the conflict with an agreement that the country should rename itself Republic of North Macedonia; this renaming came into effect in February 2019, with a several-months-long transition for passports, licence plates, customs, border signs, government websites, among other things. A landlocked country, North Macedonia has borders with Kosovo to the northwest, Serbia to the northeast, Bulgaria to the east, Greece to the south, Albania to the west.
It constitutes the northern third of the larger geographical region of Macedonia, which comprises the neighbouring parts of northern Greece and southwestern Bulgaria. The country's geography is defined by mountains and rivers; the capital and largest city, Skopje, is home to a quarter of the nation's 2.06 million inhabitants. The majority of the residents are a South Slavic people. Albanians form a significant minority at around 25%, followed by Turks, Serbs, Bosniaks and Bulgarians; the history of the region dates back to antiquity, beginning with the kingdom of Paeonia a mixed Thraco-Illyrian polity. In the late sixth century BC, the area was incorporated into the Persian Achaemenid Empire annexed by the kingdom of Macedonia in the fourth century BC; the Romans conquered the region in the second century BC and made it part of the much larger province of Macedonia. Τhe area remained part of the Byzantine Empire, but was raided and settled by Slavic tribes beginning in the sixth century of the Christian era.
Following centuries of contention between the Bulgarian and Serbian Empire, it was part of the Ottoman dominion from the mid-14th until the early 20th century, when following the Balkan Wars of 1912 and 1913, the modern territory of North Macedonia came under Serbian rule. During the First World War it was ruled by Bulgaria, but after the end of the war, it returned under Serbian rule as part of the newly formed Kingdom of Serbs and Slovenes. During the Second World War, it was ruled by Bulgaria again, in 1945 it was established as a constituent communist republic into the Federal People's Republic of Yugoslavia, which it remained until its peaceful secession in 1991. North Macedonia is of the Council of Europe. Since 2005, it has been a candidate for joining the European Union and has applied for NATO membership. One of the poorest countries in Europe, North Macedonia has made significant progress in developing an open, market-based economy; the state's name derives from a kingdom named after the ancient Macedonians.
Their name, Μακεδόνες, derives from the ancient Greek adjective μακεδνός, meaning tall or taper, which shares the same root as the adjective μακρός, meaning long, tall, or high, in ancient Greek. The name is believed to have meant either highlanders or the tall ones descriptive of the people. According to linguist Robert S. P. Beekes, both terms are of Pre-Greek substrate origin and cannot be explained in terms of Indo-European morphology. Prior to June 2018, the use of the name Macedonia was disputed between Greece and the then-Republic of Macedonia; the Prespa agreement, signed by Macedonia and Greece on 17 June, saw the country change its name to the Republic of North Macedonia eight months later. A non-binding national referendum on the matter passed with 90% approval but did not reach the required 50% turnout due to a boycott, leaving the final decision with parliament to ratify the result. Parliament approved of the name change on 19 October, reaching the required two-thirds majority needed to enact constitutional changes.
The vote to amend the constitution and change the name of the country passed on 11 January 2019 in favour of the amendment. The amendment entered into force on 12 February, following the ratification of the Prespa agreement and the Protocol on the Accession of North Macedonia to NATO by the Greek Parliament. On 25 January, the Greek parliament had narrowly voted to back the agreement, with 153 approving and 146 against. Prior to February 2019, in Macedonian the country name was Македонија Република Македонија. North Macedonia geographically corresponds to the ancient kingdom of Paeonia, located north of the ancient kingdom of Macedonia. Paeonia was inhabited by the Paeonians, a Thracian people, whilst the northwest was inhabited by the Dardani and the southwest by tribes known as the Enchelae and Lyncestae. In the late 6th century BC, the Achaemenid Persians under Darius the Great conquered the Paeonians, incorporating w
Kanal 5 (North Macedonia)
Kanal 5 is a national owned, television channel in the Republic of North Macedonia. It was founded in its current form in 1998; the network's main office is in Skopje, has smaller studios in other bigger cities all around North Macedonia. The network began broadcasting to the coverage area of Skopje with fifty employees before expanding reach to the rest of the country. Kanal 5 has publicly had a strong aim of being a part of every household. Kanal 5 TV has an audience reach of 96% of the Macedonian population. However, its new "sister" channel Kanal 5 plus has an audience reach of 76% of the Macedonian population. From August 2009 until June 2012, Kanal 5 TV is the exclusive Macedonian broadcaster of all football matches from the UEFA Champions League, the UEFA Europa League and UEFA Super Cup. In May 2010, Kanal 5 started its own HD programme, called "Kanal 5 HD", on the national IPTV operator, T-Home's Max TV. Канал 5 Вести is the stations news division. The networks flagship evening and latenight news bulletins are presented by Tatjana Stojanovska, Borislav Tnokovski, Elizabeta Galevska or Maja Damjanovska.
Morning shows are presented by Robert Jankov, Milena Antovska, Biljana Debarlieva, Ljubica Janevska, Vane Markovski, Jelena Spendzarska and Anastasija Bogdanska. Morning news bulletins are presented by Aleksandar Petreski; the networks Chief News Editor is Lidija Bogatinova. Official website Kanal 5 at LyngSat Address
Sitel (TV channel)
Sitel Television is the second private television channel in North Macedonia. Sitel Television was founded on 22 January 1993, as the second private and independent TV station in Macedonia; the current number of employees is 150 and there are a large number of correspondents and external cooperators. Sitel TV airs many types of genres, including information, arts, entertainment and children's programs. However, the main output is "Informative programming", which includes central news bulletins aired at 19:00 and 23:00, short news aired at 16:00, as well as round tables and dialogues. Recent polls of Macedonian viewers suggest that Sitel TV is the most watched television broadcaster in Macedonia since the most popular A1 channel has slipped into insolvency. In the beginning of 2007, Sitel TV began broadcasting its program over a satellite that covers everywhere in the world, it broadcasts on Eutelsat W2 and Intelsat 901 to audiences in Europe, USA, Canada and Australia. Official website Sitel Television at LyngSat Address Sitel Television live