Tema

Tema or Mero Baze is a sole proprietorship company owned by Mero Baze, a journalist and media entrepreneur. The company publishes daily Tema and owns gazetatema.net website. Tema is a daily newspaper and has been publishing since 1999. According to the owner, Tema prints 2,000 copies daily and has 800,000 up to 1,000,000 daily visits on its online website. Mero Baze has 3.6% of the print market in Albania.

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Private

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Sole Proprietorship

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Individual Owner

Mero Baze

Mero Baze is a journalist and media entrepreneur. He worked as a journalist in various media outlets, including Voice of America and Radio Free Europe since 1990s and opened his own newspaper in 1999. He is known for his daily editorials mostly on politics and for "Antena Brenda Familjes" (Antena within the Family), a satirical daily column. He directed a TV Show called Faktor Plus in Vizion Plus TV channel between 2008 and 2012.

He is known for being a supporter of former President and Prime Minister Sali Berisha up to 2008 when he transformed into a formidable critic of his rule. Baze faced government pressure on his business, threats and attacks due to his critiques on government dealings. His newspaper was evicted from a government owned building for which he signed a 20-year lease contract in 2009. Baze was violently beaten by Rezart Taçi, a controversial businessman, after reporting on the murky privatization of Albanian oil refinery ARMO and tax evasion. Baze pioneered online media in 1999 while Tema online became a reference point after 2009. Since 2014, he owns 20% of Tema TV, a news channel streamed online and in DigitAlb platform. Baze has also authored various non-fiction books.

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Founding Year

1999

Affiliated Interests Founder

Mero Baze – is a journalist and media entrepreneur. He worked as journalist in various media outlets, including Voice of America and Radio Free Europe since 1990s and opened his own newspaper in 1999. He is known for his daily editorials mostly on politics and for "Antena Brenda Familjes" (Antena within the Family), a satyrical daily column. He directed a TV Show called Faktor Plus in Vizion Plus TV channel between 2008 and 2012.

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Contact

Banese private, prane Komunes Golem, Golem Albania

Email: merobaze@gmail.com

Website: www.gazetatema.net

Tax/ ID Number

K91624015A

Financial Information

Revenue (Financial Data/ Optional)

0.17 Mio. $ / 21.37 Mio. Lek

Operating Profit (in Mill. $)

0.07 Mio. $ / 9.25 Mio. Lek

Advertising (in % of total funding)

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Management

Other Influential People

Bledi Lumani – is a journalist.

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Mero Baze is a sole proprietorship company. Its ownership structure and financial statements are published in Albanian National Business Registry. 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 included in the calculation are as follows: Panorama, Gazeta Shqiptare, Koha Jone, Mapo, Shekulli, Tema, Dita, Shqiptarja.com, Standard and Monitor.
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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