Top Media is the biggest media group in Albania and belongs to Hoxha family. Its history starts in 1998, when Dritan 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, with famous journalists in its employ 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 in his Ferrari 599. His wife, Vjollca Hoxha and their four children have taken over the business since then. Top Media Group has expanded its activities over the years and today own the flagship TV station Top Channel and its informative channel Top News. The group owns also 51% of pay per view platform DigitAlb, Top Albania Radio, Top Gold Radio and My Music Radio, the online newspaper Shqip and the advertising studio VGA. DigitAlb itself owns a second distribution network called ADTN and 95% of the shares at Imperial Cinemas network.
Limited Liability Company
Radio and Television Broadcasting; Telecommunication (infrastructure/antenna); Music production; Digital broadcasting network (DigitAlb and ADTN); Publishing; Advertising (VGA); Entertainment (Cinemas); Trade (coffee)
Other Radio Outlets
Top Gold Radio (7.05%)
My Music Radio (0.36%)
Other Online Outlets
Digital Distribution networks
Hightel Towers Albania (4.42%)
Vini & Food (35%)
My Music (100%)
VGA (100 %)
IPKO mobile operator and internet distributor in Kosovo
Hightel Towers S.p.a, a communication company based in Italy.
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.
Rruga “17 Nentori”, Nr. 20, Mezez Koder, Komuna Kashar, Tiranа
Tel: +355 69 20 80 500
Tax/ ID Number
Top Channel (K12007002U); Top Albania Radio (K01719005H)
Revenue (Financial Data/ Optional)
Top Channel: 12.4 Mio. $ / 1.59 Bn. Lek Top Albania Radio: 0.44 Mio. $ / 56.04 Mio. Lek DigitAlb: 44.293 Mio. $ / 5.682 Mio. Lek
Operating Profit (in Mill. $)
Top Channel: 0.009 Mio. $ / 1.1 Mio. Lek Top Albania Radio: 0.01 Mio. $ / 1.44 Mio. Lek DigitAlb: 0.92 Mio. $ / 118.72 Mio. Lek
Advertising (in % of total funding)
Filip Cakuli – is a member of the supervisory council of Top Channel and the director of the satirical/investigative show ‘Fiks Fare’.
Ledion Lico – is a member of the supervisory council of Top Channel and a TV moderator. He is married to Sara Hoxha, shareholder of the company and the daughter of late company founder Dritan Hoxha.
Erion Ylli – is general deputy director of Top Channel. He also owns 20% of the shares of the oil refining company ‘Recovered Earth Albania’.
Other Influential People
Ben Blushi – is an Albanian politician, writer and journalist. He was the editor in chief of the daily newspaper “Koha Jone” during the 90s, but he embarked upon a political career in the cabinet of Socialist Prime Minister Fatos Nano in 2000. He firstly became Prefect of Korça and later served as Minister of Education and Local Governance. In 2005, Edi Rama took over the Socialist Party and Blushi was among his supporters. Later, he became one of the biggest opponents of Rama. Blushi left Socialist Party in 2016 and created LIBRA, a new movement of anti-establishment rhetoric. On its first electoral test in June 2017, LIBRA failed to elect any members into the Parliament. On 20 January 2018, Blushi left politics and returned in media. One week later he was appointed as General Director of Top Channel TV station.
Ylli Rakipi – is a journalist and a moderator of the political show “Te paekspozuarit”. He started his career in journalism in 1992 as the editor in chief of daily newspaper “Republica”. In 1995, he founded his daily newspaper “Albania” which stayed in the market for more than 15 years. Rakipi switched to television in 2014, when he started his own political show “Te paekspozuarit” initially in Ora News and later in News 24. From January 2018 he moderates the same show on Top Channel TV station.
Andi Bushati – is a prominent journalist and the owner of Lapsi.al online media. He started his career in journalism during the 90s and since then he has worked in the daily newspaper Koha Jone, for the weekly magazine Klan and his own programme “Zone e ndaluar”. Bushati is known for his criticism towards Albanian prime ministers Fatos Nano, Sali Berisha and, above all, Edi Rama. Since January 2018, he is part of the political show “Te Paekspozuarit” on Top Channel.
Vjollca Hoxha, the sole shareholder of Top Channel, Appeal Court recognize TV station shares (2017), Politiko.al, Accessed on 19 Jan 2018
Top Media is not a legal entity, but a group of companies owned primarily by the Hoxha family. The ownership data and financial statements for Top Channel, Top Albania Radio and DigitAlb 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. Top Channel replied to the MOM information request on 29 December 2017. DigitAlb also replied to the MOM information request in January 2018. See sources for more. Audience share for Top TV stations was provided by Abacus Research and Telemetrix for 2017, the data are conflicting that’s why both audience shares are presented.