“Gazeta Shqiptare” is one of the oldest daily newspapers in Albania still in the market. It started publication on 22 April 1993 and was established by the Italian company Edisud LLC. In its webpage the daily claims that its history dates back to 1927, where a newspaper with the same name was published and continued until 1939, until the fascist invasion of Albania. In 2011 Gazeta Shqiptare was sold by Edisud LLC and transferred to Focus Press, founded by businessman Irfan Hysenbelliu and late banker Artan Santo. Today the newspaper is part of Focus Group, together with News 24 TV, the online portal Balkanweb.com, Radio Rash and the online webpage Gsh.al.
Media Companies / Groups
Focus Media Group
Gazeta Shqiptare is owned by “Focus Press” LLC. The sole shareholder of “Focus Press” is “Focus Group” LLC.
Only the shareholders have the right to vote.
Affiliated Interests Founder
EDISUD LLC – is an Italian media company headquartered in the southern port city of Bari, which in 2002 was represented by President Giuseppe Lobuono. On March 26, 2002 the Italian company founded in Albania Edisud Radio TV, with a capital of 25 million Lek and active in radio and television. The legal representative of the company was Carlo Bollino, at the time a correspondent for the Italian news agency ANSA and executive manager of the Albanian daily newspaper Gazeta Shqiptare. On May 20, 2011, EDISUD sold its media holdings in Tirana, including its trademarks News 24, Gazeta Shqiptare, Milosao, Nderkombetare, Telegazeta, Blouetooth and Shqiptare, to Focus Media Group, which was owned by the late banker Artan Santo and the businessman Irfan Hysenbelliu.
Affiliated Interests Ceo
Mustafa Muco – has been a member of the Socialist Party and Minister of Economy and Privatization in the government headed by Ilir Meta in 2001. He was one of the founding members of Meta’s Socialist Movement for Integration in 2004, but later withdrew from active participation in politics. In July 2016, was named CEO of Focus Media News and continues to hold the position.
Affiliated Interests Editor-In-Chief
Erl Murati – is the editor-in-chief of the daily newspaper Gazeta Shqiptare. He started his career in 2000 in the daily newspaper Koha Jone, where he worked as a journalist, editor and later as editor-in-chief in other print media.
Affiliated Interests other important people
Rezarta Delisula – is a journalist and also a deputy editor-in-chief of the daily newspaper “Gazeta Shqiptare”.
Geljano Fataj – is the editor in chief of Gazeta Shqiptare’s online edition gsh.al.
Rruga Ali Demi, ish-Kombinati i Autotraktorëve, Zyrat e Administratës, Tirana
Tel: +355 68 40 63 842
Website: http:// gsh.al
Revenue (in Mill. $)
0.37 Mio $ / 48.10 Mio Lek
Operating Profit (in Mill. $)
0.00 Mio $ / 0.19 Mio Lek
Advertising (in % of total funding)
The ownership structure and financial statement are publicly available on the Albanian National Business Registry. The financial data provided are for 2016. The Central Bank's average exchange rate for 2016 was used to convert the amounts into USD. “Focus Group” replied to MOM information request on 22 January 2018. See sources for more.For the purpose of evaluating weight of assets and revenues of this company in the print media market, MOM have calculated the value of assets, revenues and profits of 11 Print Media Companies. The companies/outlets included in the calculation are as follows: Panorama, Gazeta Shqiptare, Koha Jone, Mapo, Shekulli, Tema, Dita, Shqiptarja.com, Standard, Sot News and Monitor.