‘Sot News’ is a daily newspaper. It started publication in 2002 and today also publishes online through its webpage www.sot.com.al. The newspaper claims to have a circulation of 7500 copies per day. The newspaper was at the center of a media storm, when it published ahead of the local elections in 2007 a series of nude of photos of current Prime Minister Edi Rama, at the time incumbent mayor of Tirana. The publisher Prodani defended the decision to publish the photos by claiming that as mayor Edi Rama had no private life and rejected accusation that the decision was politically motivated.
Media Companies / Groups
Sot News LLC
Sot News is a daily Newspaper, owned by “Sot News” LLC
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Affiliated Interests Founder
Arjan Prodani, Shkelqim Prodani, Arben Meçe, Sokol Kosova and Martin Leka – Gazeta Sot was founded in October 2002, as part of the company Sot +, with owners Arjan Prodani 30 %, Shkelqim Prodani 26 %, Sokol Kosova 20 %, Arben Meçe 10 %, Martin Leka 9 %. A year later Arjan Prodani bought the shares of Shkelqim Prodani, Arben Mece and Sokol Kosova, controlling 91 % of the company.
Affiliated Interests Ceo
Arjan Prodani – entered the construction business in 1996, when together with his brother he founded the company Prodani Construction LLC. In October 2002, he founded the media company Sot+, and published the newspapers ‘Sot’ and ‘Kerko dhe Gjen’ – together with four other shareholders. A year later he consolidated ownership in the company and bought 91% of shares. Prodani also owns the design and print company Classic Print and the import export company Red & Black. In 2003 he founded as the sole owner the company Sot News LLC, which today publishes the daily newspaper ‘Sot News’, in print and its online version.
Affiliated Interests Editor-In-Chief
Anila Dodaj – is the editor in chief of Sot news daily newspaper.
Bulevardi Zhan Dark, Rruga Sitki Çiço, Tirana
Tel: +355 2382 020
Revenue (in Mill. $)
0.20 Mio. $ / 25.81 Mio. Lek
Operating Profit (in Mill. $)
0.00 Mio. $ / 0.33 Mio. Lek
Advertising (in % of total funding)
The ownership structure and financial statement are publicly available on the Albanian National Business Registry. The financial data provided are for 2016. The Central Bank's average exchange rate for 2016 was used to convert the amounts into USD. 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/outlets included in the calculation are as follows: Panorama, Gazeta Shqiptare, Koha Jone, Mapo, Shekulli, Tema, Dita, Shqiptarja.com, Standard, Sot News and Monitor.