Radio Television of Kosovo (RTK; Albanian: Radio Televizioni i Kosovës, Serbian: Радио Телевизија Косова / Radio Televizija Kosova) is the public service broadcaster in Kosovo. RTK operates two radio services broadcasting a diverse programming of news and entertainment and four 24-hour television services broadcasting on terrestrial and satellite networks.
RTK replaced Radio Televizioni i Prishtinës (The Radio Television of Prishtina, RTP), which ceased to function on July 1990. After UNMIK took over the administration of Kosovo on June 1999 and re-employed former RTP staffs, RTK began broadcasting in September 1999 via analog satellite in PAL and SECAM television broadcast standards with a daily two-hour transmission, expanding to four hours per day in November 2000, with programming mainly in Albanian and once-a-day news edition in Serbian and Turkish. The following July, it expanded to seven hours a day and began offering programming in Bosnian as well.
In 2001, RTK was established as an independent public service broadcaster by a UNMIK broadcasting regulation. The station was initially managed by the European Broadcasting Union to permit time for a non-political Board of Directors to be established. This was in place and the station was independent of the EBU by the end of the year. In January 2002, an office was opened in Tirana. A second office was opened in Tetovo in November 2002.
In 2002, at which time it was broadcasting 15 hours a day, 35% of the station's broadcasts were produced externally, with the bulk of programming local. It included news and business coverage as well as farming information. Broadcasting remained multilingual, with programming in another language (the Romani language magazine “Yekhipe") beginning in September 2003. On 22 December of that year, the station began broadcasting 24 hours a day. Also in 2002, RTK began hosting awards, with the best news moderator being honored by the "Drita Germizaj" award and the best cameraman by the "Rudolf Sopi" award.
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RTK 4 (English: Radio Television of Kosovo 4, Albanian: Radio Televizioni i Kosovës 4), is a public TV channel in Pristina, Kosovo. RTK 4 is part of the Radio Television of Kosovo (RTK), a public service broadcaster, along with the other public channels, RTK 1, 2, and 3. Its primary programming is documentaries, films, and locally-produced series.
After the launch of the second public channel, (RTK 2), in March 2014, RTK 4 was launched, which is an arts and documentaries channel for the Kosovar viewers.RTK 4 was launched along with the third channel, RTK 3, on behalf of the EBU officials. The European Broadcasting Union also helped and funded the launch of the 2 new channels.
RTK 3 (English: Radio Television of Kosovo 3, Albanian: Radio Televizioni i Kosovës 3), is a public TV Channel in Pristina, Kosovo, As part of the Radio Television of Kosovo (RTK), a public service broadcaster, RTK 3 produces and airs newscasts and talk shows.
After the launch of the second public channel (RTK 2), in March 2014, RTK 3 was launched, which is a 24-hour news channel for the Kosovar viewers. It also broadcasts political talk shows. RTK 3 was launched along with the fourth channel, RTK 4, on behalf of the EBU officials. The European Broadcasting Union also helped and funded the launch of the 2 new channels.
RTK 1 (English: Radio Television of Kosovo 1, Albanian: Radio Televizioni i Kosovës 1), is a public TV Channel in Pristina, Kosovo, providing news and shows. As part of the Radio Television of Kosovo (RTK), a public service broadcaster, RTK 1 produces and airs newscasts, sports updates and talk shows of interest to Kosovo viewers. RTK 1 airs in all of the territory of Kosovo.
RTK 1 was founded a few weeks after the end of the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia, at the instigation of then United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo & the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe. Originally funded through contributions from international donors, this $3 Million Project, but it was also strongly supported by Bernard Kouchner, then senior UN Official in Kosovo.
In February 2008, RTK was made a national public service television. A few months later, the Director-General Agim Zatriqi abandons his functions at the head of the RTK, denouncing interferences of the ruling party in the management of the chain. These accusations were later taken up by the head of the European Broadcasting Union. Jean Réveillon, stated that "the pressure from the Kosovo government to transform the Kosovo Radio and Television into a radio-television of Non-critical state that will not be useful to citizens." RTK 1 also broadcasts political debates and broadcasts as well as sessions of the Kosovo Parliament. RTK 1 also used to broadcast programs in the other minority languages of Kosovo. After the launch of the 2nd public channel, RTK 2, which is supposed to air in all the minority languages of Kosovo, all the programs moved there.