Radio and TV Broadcasters

The media sector in the Republic of Macedonia consists of three segments: (1) a public broadcasting service (the Macedonian Radio and Television); (2) commercial television and radio stations, and (3) non-profit radios.

Radio and television broadcasting may be performed only on the basis of a license, granted by the Agency for Audio and Audiovisual Media Services. The Period of validity of the licenses for television or radio broadcasting is nine years.

Currently, there is a total of 98 broadcasters, 40 of which are televisions and 59 are radios. Of the televisions, 11 broadcast programme at the state level (5 via multiplex, 4 via cable operators and 2 via satellite); 15 – at the regional level (5 via multiplex and 10 via cable operators), while 14 are local television stations (via cable operators).

Of the radios, 4 broadcast programme at the state level, 15 – at the regional level, and 40 – at the local level.

The Agency conducts supervision over the broadcasters, supervising several aspects of their work: protection of juvenile audience, advertising, sponsorship, product placement, etc.

A report is prepared following every conducted supervision. If infringement is detected, the Agency imposes a warning measure against the broadcaster at issue, or, should the latter continue to commit the same violation against the law throughout the year, it initiates a misdemeanour procedure before a competent court