Top-channel.tv

Topchannel.tv is the only website of the national TV broadcaster Top Channel. The domain was registered in 2001. The webpage publishes news as text and video produced by the news department at Top Channel TV, but also other lighter information from show-business shows, sports and arts. Topchannel.tv is also popular for the online videos of the main shows of Top Channel TV like ‘Portokali Show’ (The Orange Show), ‘Fiks Fare’ or ‘The Voice’. Although its considered as one the most popular webpages in Albania, its traffic remains unknown. In a response to a MOM request for information, Top Channel’s parent company said it had ‘no reliable’ sources for audience measurements to refer too.

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Ownership Type

private

Geographic Coverage

International

Content Type

free content

Active Transparency

company/channel informs proactively and comprehensively about its ownership, data is constantly updated and easily verifiable

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Media Companies / Groups

Top Media

Ownership

Ownership Structure

Top-channel.tv is the official web-site of Top Channel TV station, owned by the Top Channel Incorporated. Vjollca Hoxha and her four children own 100% of the company.

Voting Rights

Voting rights are the same as shareholders rights.

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General Information

Founding Year

2001

Affiliated Interests Founder

Dritan Hoxha - Dritan Hoxha’s controversial business career started as a coffee importer; however, it was his investment in media that made him famous, often dubbed as a ‘pioneer of digital media’ in the region. In 1998 Hoxha founded Top Albania Radio and three years later Top Channel TV, which in a short period of time became the most popular television in Albania, due to his staff of famous journalists and cutting edge technology. In 2004 Hoxha launched the pay-per-view platform DigitAlb, which strengthened further his media conglomerate, Top Media. Hoxha died on May 23, 2008 at age 40, in a deadly accident with his Ferrari 599. His funeral was attended by high state dignitaries, like than President Bamir Topi and current Prime Minister Edi Rama. However, Hoxha did not have a smooth relationship with all politicians. Before he passed away he had a deep conflict with former Prime Minister Sali Berisha, over satellite broadcasting licenses and a number of corruption scandals of the Democratic Party led government broadcast by Top Channel TV. These investigations created a perception that the broadcaster was close to than Tirana mayor and opposition leader Edi Rama, now the Prime Minister of Albania. However, during the last few months the TV station has transmitted a number of critical stories that target the Rama government, which for many observers signals a change in its editorial line for the first time in two decades.

Affiliated Interests Ceo

Vjollca Hoxha - After Dritan Hoxha's death, his widow Vjollca and their four children, Loresa, Sara, Redia and Itan inherited his companies. However, Vjollca kept a low public profile until 2015, when she took over the administration of Top Channel TV and filed a lawsuit against two of its shareholders, Albert Sino and Aurel Baci, who she accused of acquiring the stake in the company illegally. Hoxha won the case in June 28, 2017, and took control of 100 per cent of the shares of Top Channel, together with her children. In addition to Top Channel television, the Hoxha family owns 51 % of DigitAlb, Top Albania Radio, the online portal Gazeta-Shqip.com, SARAS publishing house, the music distribution company My Music and shares at the telecommunication company Plus. From 2014, Top Channel is involved in a joint venture company called Hightel Tower Albania, together with its main competitor TV Klan and the businessman Samir Mane.

Affiliated Interests Editor-In-Chief

Elert Yzeri – is the editor in chief at Top News television and the website top-channel.tv. He started his career in journalism as a sports reporter and has continued as a commentator of football matches and “Formula 1” racing at Top Channel TV.

Affiliated Interests other important people

Filip Cakuli – is a member of the supervisory council of Top Channel and the director of the satirical/investigative show ‘Fiks Fare’.

Contact

Top Channel, "17 Nentor", 20 Mezez Koder;

Komuna Kashar, Tirana;

Tel.: +355692080500

Website: top-channel.tv

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Further Information

Meta Data

The ownership structure and financial statement of Top Channel Incorporated are publicly available on the Albanian National Business Registry. The financial data of the website are not separated and are impossible to calculate. Top Channel replied to the MOM information request on 29 December 2017. See sources for more.

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