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Public Hearing Opened on the Draft-Amendment to the Plan for Allocating and Distributing the Digital Terrestrial Multiplex Capacities to the Operators of PECNs

Skopje13 April 2021 – At its 10th session held on 12 April 2021, the Agency Council adopted a Draft-Amendment to the Plan for Allocating and Distributing Digital Terrestrial Multiplex Capacities to Operators of Public Electronic Communication Networks Obligated to Air Broadcasters’ Programme Services. A 30-day public hearing has been opened on the text of the Draft-Amendment to the Plan.

The Agency invites all interested and concerned parties to take part in the public hearing by submitting their opinions and proposals in writing, electronically, to the following e-mail addresses: contact@avmu.mk and arben.saiti@avmu.mk .

The public hearing will last until 13 May 2021.




Gender in the 2020 Election Campaign in the Spotlight of AAAVMS’ First Public Meeting in 2021

Skopje, 25 March 2021 – The Agency for Audio and Audiovisual Media Services held a public meeting today. Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the meeting was held using video conference connection. At the meeting, the Director of the Agency, Dr. Zoran Trajchevski, presented a summary of the activities implemented in the past three months in line with the Agency’s Annual Work Programme.

Those attending had an opportunity to hear about the conducted supervising activities over the broadcasters, operators of public electronic communication networks, the print media publishers, as well as about the imposed public warning measures, conducted research activities and activities in the field of international cooperation.

Also presented at the meeting were the findings of the analysis of gender issues and the manner of depicting and presenting women and men in the news aired by the national television services – MRT1, MRT2, Alsat-M TV, Alfa TV, Kanal 5 TV, Sitel TV and Telma TV, during the election campaign for the 2020 Early Parliamentary Elections. The analysis was conducted for the needs of the Agency by the “Societas Civilis” Institute for Democracy from Skopje.

The findings of the analysis showed that the media coverage of the election campaign was remarkably prone towards promoting the male MP candidates and the male perspective and expertise on the developments relating to the elections. The female candidates were overshadowed by their male counterparts, had less access to the various forms of promotion for their platforms, and their profiles and messages remained anonymous, i.e. unheard and unseen by the public. In the items reporting on the election campaign, out of a total of 134 political party representatives 128 were men, as opposed to 6 women. In the daily news programmes dedicated to election topics, of those who appeared as primary subjects 86% were men, as opposed to 14% of women.

The qualitative analysis of the content of the daily news programmes, among other things, showed that in a total of 9 news items the representation of women was sexually objectified, while 6 reports involved stereotyping based on the gender roles presumed by the society.

The presentations are available at the following links:

Activities conducted in tune with the AAAVMS Annual Work Plan

Zoran Trajchevski, PhD, AAAVMS Director

Alysis of gender during the election campaign for the 2020 Early Parliamentary Elections

Aleksandra Jovevska Gjorgjevic – “Societas Civilis” Institute for Democracy




FINANCIAL SUPPORT TO COMPENSATE FUNDS PAID AS RA AND TV BROADCASTING LICENSE FEES

Skopje, 2 March 2021 – Based on the Decision of the Government under the fifth package of economic measures providing financial assistance to broadcasters in the amount of MKD 50,000,000.00, at yesterday’s session, the Council of the Agency for Audio and Audiovisual Media Services decided to suspend all initiated procedures for revoking licenses due to failures to pay the annual radio and television broadcasting fees. At the same time, it was decided not to initiate new revocing procedures for non-payment of the 2021 license fees.

To all broadcasters, who have made full or partial payment of the radio or television broadcasting license fee for 2021, the Agency will refund the amounts by 13 March 2021 at the latest.

Broadcasters who have been issued invoices for the annual license fees, but have not paid them, as well as broadcasters who are yet to receive an invoice, have no obligation to pay because their obligation is fully met with the funds from the package of economic measures.

Additionally, the Agency informs the broadcasters that the issued invoices for the annual television and radio broadcasting license fee in 2021 shall serve only for their records and they will not be able to refund the value added tax, as they have been paid in full from the funds approved under the Decision of the Government of RNM.

Within 15 days from the completion of these activities, the Agency will submit a report to the Government of the RNM and the Public Revenue Office regarding the utilised funds from the package of economic measures, while the remaining unused funds shall be returned to the budget of the Republic of North Macedonia.




New Broadcaster Report Forms on the Meeting the Obligations Laid Down in TV and RA Broadcasting Licenses

Skopje, 1 March 2021 – The Agency Council adopted, at today’s, 7th session, new report forms to be filled in by the broadcasters regarding their meeting of the obligations laid down in their radio and television broadcasting licenses.

In accordance with the provisions of Article 15, Paragraph 5, of the Law on Media, broadcasters are obliged to submit reports to the Agency for Audio and Audiovisual Media Services, using special forms, no later than 31 March 2021, on their meeting of the obligations laid down in their radio or television broadcasting licenses, especially those concerning their programme concepts. In addition to the reports, they should submit information on the technical means used to broadcast or transmit their programme services in the country and abroad.

The forms on meeting the obligations laid down in the radio and TV broadcasting licenses are available at the following links:

Form – Report on meeting the obligations laid down in the TV broadcasting license

Form – Report on meeting the obligations laid down in the Radio broadcasting license

 

 




Attacks on Journalists Are Absolutely Unacceptable

Skopje, 27 February 2021 – The Agency for Audio and Audiovisual Media Services strongly condemns the attack on the journalists and the obstruction of their work during yesterday’s protests against the verdict on the “Monster” case.

Any form of attack against media workers, whether verbal or physical, as well as any obstruction of their work, is a threat to the freedom of information and the right to know and, as such, is absolutely unacceptable.

The Agency appeals that media workers be provided with free, unhindered and safe access to all events, especially those of public interest.




EU Ambassador David Geer Pays Working Visit to AAAVMU

 Skopje, 17 February 2021 – Agency Director Zoran Trajchevski had a working meeting with EU Ambassador David Geer. at which they discussed a number of issues related to the competencies of the Agency.

The focus was placed on the ongoing process of amending the Electoral Code, the Agency’s activities resulting from the media laws and its capacity to implement them, the planned media reforms, the need to harmonize domestic media legislation with the Directive on European Audio and Audiovisual Media Services.

At the end of the meeting, it was concluded that mutual cooperation was of crucial importance and that this practice should continue in the future.

 

 




Expenditures Incurred by the Agency Director in the 2nd Half of 2020

Skopje, 31 December 2020 – In accordance with its efforts to ensure transparency and accountability, and abiding by its own established practice of publishing the expenditures incurred by Agency Director Zoran Trajchevski every six months, the Agency for Audio and Audiovisual Media Services hereby informs the public as follows:

In the period from 1 July until 31 December 2020, while conducting the tasks of his office, Director Trajchevski incurred the following expenditures totaling MKD 113,268.00:

  1. Representation expenses – MKD 96,140.00.
  2. Official mobile phone services – MKD 17,128.00.



Guidelines on Paid Political Advertising for the 2020 Early Local Elections Adopted

Skopje, 17 November 2020 – At today’s 41st session in 2020, the Agency Council adopted the Guidelines on Paid Political Advertising for the 2020 Early Local Elections.

The Guidelines specify the rules concerning the permitted duration of the paid political advertising per real hour of broadcasted programme, for those broadcasters that will be covering the Early Mayoral Elections in the municipalities of Plasnica and Shtip.




AAAVMS CONDEMNS THE ATTACK ON AL JAZEERA’S JUOURNALIST CREW

Skopje, 10 September 2020 – The Agency for Audio and Audiovisual Media Services condemns the attack of the Al Jazeera journalist crew at the protest in Skopje yesterday, and wishes to remind that such incidents pose a threat to freedom of expression and the public’s right to know.

The media should be provided with the conditions they need to do their job professionally and media workers’ performance of their tasks must not be obstructed.




Gender in Children’s Programmes in the Spotlight of AAAVMS’ Public Meeting

Skopje, 30 June 2020 – The Agency for Audio and Audiovisual Media Services held a Public Meeting today using video conferencing due to the current Covid-19 pandemic. At the meeting, Agency Director Zoran Trajchevski presented an overview of the numerous activities carried out in accordance with the Annual Work Programmefor the past six months.

Those attending had the opportunity to hear about the activities related to the monitoring of the election process of the Early Parliamentary Elections, the supervisions conducted over the broadcasters, the operators of public electronic communication networks andthe print media publishers, the imposed public warning measures, the analyzes and studies conducted and the activities in the sphere of international cooperation.

The meeting placed a special accent on the analysis of gender in the media in 2019, which, for the first time in the country, made both quantitative and qualitative analysis of the treatment of gender in children’s shows. The analysis covered a total of 520 shows for children, broadcasted as part of the programme services of MRT1 and MRT2 – Programme in Albanian, and the seven national terrestrial televisionstations of Alfa TV, Kanal 5 TV, Sitel TV, Telma TV and Alsat M TV, in the period from 15 September until 15 October 2019.

During the presentation of the key findings, the author of the analysis pointed out that the Public Broadcasting Service pursued a planned and well-thought-through programme policy regarding the children’s population, but this statement applies much more to MRT1 than to MRT2 – Albanian Language Programme, because the latter offers the needed variety of children’s programmesonly partially.

As regards the programmes of the private terrestrial televisionstations at the state level, the findings show that there is no well-thought-through or thorough editorial approach to the selection of shows intended for different age segments of the juvenile audience, and they air far fewer shows for children than the Public Broadcasting Service. Most children’s shows were broadcasted by Sitel TV, followed by Kanal 5 TV. Telma TV aired only a few editions of a show, which to a certain extent applies to Alsat M TV as well, while Alfa TV did not broadcast any shows for children at allduring the month analyzed.

The analysis, prepared for the needs of the Agency by a research agency, also offers recommendations for the Public Broadcasting Service and the private televisionstations. The analysis has already been published on the website www.avmu.mk, under the special banner titled “Gender and the Media,” and will also be printed as a publication in Macedonian, Albanian and English in the forthcoming period.

The views and opinions received, along with the position of the Agency for Audio and Audiovisual Media Services for the public meeting can be downloaded at the following link

The presentations are available at the following links:

Implemented activities in accordance with the Annual Work Program of AAAVMU

Activities implemented in accordance with AAAVMS’ Annual Work Programme
AAAVMS Director Zoran Trajchevski, PhD

Gender in Children’s Shows: A Multimethod Analysis of Gender Presentation by the National Broadcasters
Igor Micevski, Social Development Research Institute, RESIS