Multiscreen LLC

Multiscreen LLC

Multiscreen LLC, the owner of Report TV, was founded in June 2015, when it was clear that the disagreements between majority shareholder at Balkan TV (related to Koço Kokëdhima) and FFM Group (owned primarily by Alba Malltezi) which had 35% of the shares in the company, made it impossible to continue co-operation as A1 Report TV.

In June 2015, Lindita Dode, a close collaborator to both Malltezi and her husband Carlo Bollino, registered the company, and in July of the same year they received a license from AMA to transmit in the frequencies of the closed TV station ALSAT. In October 2015 the company changed its name into Multiscreen; Report TV.

Although it was publicly known that the TV station was founded and ran by Bollino, he officially bought the shares from Doda in April 2017 for 3.5 million Lek (*31.000 USD).

FFM Group and Multiscreen are treated here as separate companies, but the media outlets they own act publicly as belonging to one group. The newspaper, the website both called Shqiptarja.com, publish Report TV videos, and the latter reports news published in the newspaper. Furthermore, the group’s Facebook page and the website include articles which treat all the three of outlets as related to FFM group under the direction of Bollino and Malltezi.

Key facts

Business Form

private

Legal Form

Limited Liability Company

Business Sectors

Television Broadcasting; Tourism

Ownership

Individual Owner

Carlo Bollino

Carlo Bollino is an Italian journalist, media owner and founder of Report TV and of the daily newspaper Shqiptarja.com. A former Albania correspondent for the Italian news agency ANSA settled in Albania in 1993, where he worked as a correspondent and executive for the daily newspaper Gazeta Shqiptare, News 24 and Balkanweb.com, three outlets owned by an Italian media company, Edisud LLC. Bollino, who would later marry one of his Albanian collaborators Alba Malltezi, has been active in the Albanian media since then.

After the Italian company Edisud LLC, where Bollino was a director, sold its shares in the above-mentioned media in 2011, Bollino and his wife Alba Malltezi founded the news website Shqiptarja.com, the newspaper Shqiptarja.com and Report TV.

Apart from his media businesses Bollino is linked to a non-profit organization ‘Qendra Ura’ (The Bridge Center), which obtained leases by the government to build museums in two communist era bunkers, known as ‘Bunkart’. Bollino was the curator of both “Bunkart’s. Bollino is also registered as a business consultant in international affairs since 2016 in the National Business Center.

In 2013 Bollino and Malltezi start a partnership with Koco Kokedhima, a media mogul and former MP, by acquiring 34% stake in a television station, Ballkan TV, which was rebranded A1 Report TV. Although the TV station was headed by Bollino and was publicly associated with Kokedhima, the two businessmen do not appear in the registrar records of A1 Report and Report TV. The shares and administration of the company was in the name of people related to the two entrepreneurs. The joint venture didn’t last long and ended in 2015, when Bollino relaunched the TV station under the brand Report TV. Lindita Dode registered a company Multiscreen, which in July 2015 received a license from AMA to transmit in the frequencies of the closed TV station ALSAT. Later same year the TV station and the company were running under the names Multiscreen; Report TV. Although, it is publicly known that the TV station was founded and ran by Bollino, he officially bought the shares from Doda in April 2017 for 3.5 million Lek (USD 31.094,53). Carlo Bollino, has 100% of shares in Multiscreen LLC.

The Italian journalist is perceived as close to the ruling Socialist Party and Prime Minister Edi Rama, although he maintains that his media are independent and he is an objective journalist. Bollino has been accused by former Prime Minister Sali Berisha of benefitting from projects financed by the government. The journalist has rejected the charges as politically motivated. The acquisition of Edisud LLC media holdings in Albania in 2011 was perceived as an attempt by Berisha to silence the critical editorial line of the outlets that were run by Bollino and his wife.

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Other Media Outlets

Other Online Outlets

http://report-tv.al

Facts

Media Business

Publishing

FFM Group (74%)

Business

Tourism

Qendra URA (NGO)

General Information

Founding Year

2015

Affiliated Interests Founder

Carlo Bollino – is publicly known as the founder of Multiscreen LLC, which owns the TV station Report TV. Although, it was Lindita Dode who registered the company Multiscreen, which in July 2015 received a license from AMA to transmit in the frequencies of the closed TV station ALSAT. Although, it is publicly known that the TV station was founded and ran by Bollino, he officially bought the shares from Doda in April 2017 for 3.5 million Lek (USD 31.094,53). Carlo Bollino, has 100% of shares in Multiscreen LLC.

Employees

Missing Data

Contact

Rr. Dervish Hima, 3 kullat, Kulla 2 – Tirana

Tel.: +355 (0) 696007772

Website: report-tv.al

Tax/ ID Number

L51817008H

Financial Information

Revenue (Financial Data/ Optional)

0.9 Mio. $ / 116 Mio. Lek

Operating Profit (in Mill. $)

0.02 Mio. $ / 2.6 Mio. Lek

Advertising (in % of total funding)

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Management

Other Influential People

Alba Malltezi – Bolino’s wife Alba Malltezi owns 74.6% of the shares of Free and Fair Media, which owns the majority of shares, 80%, in the newspaper Shqiptarja.com. Malltezi also controls the company Media Content owned 100% by FFM Group, which still has 35% of shares in A1 television (Ballkan TV), now closed. The capital of this company is 350 million lek. She has been a journalist in the print media for more than a decade. Malltezi writes a column for Shqiptarja.com. Other shareholders of Free and Fair Media Group are Eva Doci with 20% of shares and the Italian company Superba LLC with 5.04% of shares. The journalist Anila Basha has 20% of shares in Shqiptarja.com LLC

Further Information

Data Publicly Available

ownership data is easily available from other sources, e. g. public registries etc.

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Meta Data

Multiscreen LLC is company owned by Carlo Bollino. The ownership data and financial statements for Multiscreen LLC were obtained from the Albanian National Business Register. The financial data provided are for 2016. The Central Bank's average exchange rate for 2016 was used to convert the amounts into USD.

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