Radio Shqiptare Rash
Radio ‘Shqiptare’, broadly known with the acronym RASH, started broadcasting on January 3, 2001, as part of the media company Edisud Radio-TV LLC. The radio broadcasts in the frequency 97 FM and covers with signal the areas of Tirana, Durres, Lezha and Lushnja. With 17 years on air RASH has created its own profile with different shows. The music that is played on air is the newest and includes the greatest hits in the market and on radio billboards.
Radio RASH changed ownership in 2001 and is now part of Focus Group, which also owns News24 TV, Balkanweb.com and the daily newspaper Gazeta Shqiptare. Focus Group responded to MOM’s team request for information on January 22 2018, by saying that it does not have independently verifiable data on the audience of the radio station.
Media Companies / Groups
Focus Media Group
Radio Rash is an Albanian radio station owned by the company “Focus Media News”. The sole shareholder of “Focus Media News” is “Focus Group” LLC. The businessman Irfan Hysenbelliu is publicly known as the owner and the President of “Focus Group” LLC, but according to Albanian Business Registry, the proxy owner is his cousin, Bashkim Hysenbelli.
Only the shareholder has voting rights
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 his trademarks News 24, Gazeta Shqiptare, Milosao, Nderkombetare, Telegazeta, Bluetooth 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 Focus Press LLC.
Affiliated Interests Editor-In-Chief
Anjeza Mio – is the director of RASH radio.
Rruga Ali Demi, ish-Kombinati i Autotraktorëve, Zyrat e Administratës, Tirana
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The ownership structure and financial statements are publicly available on the Albanian National Business Registry. Although, financial data of radio RASH are not separate from the company and its impossible to calculate. Focus Group replied to the MOM information request on 22 January 2018. See sources for more.