Top Channel

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Top Channel
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Top Channel logo
Launched1 September 2002
NetworkDigitAlb
Owned byTop Media
Picture format576i (SDTV 16:9)
1080i (HDTV 16:9)
CountryAlbania
LanguageAlbanian
AffiliatesTelevision, Radio & Online
HeadquartersTirana, Albania
Sister channel(s)Top News
Websitewww.top-channel.tv
Availability
Terrestrial
AlbaniaAnalog/Digital
Satellite
Eutelsat W3C (16E)10762 /H/ 27500 / 3/4
Cable
Digitalb (Albania)1
ABCom (Albania)2
IPKO (Kosovo)3
 
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Coordinates: 41°19′23.28″N 19°49′18.94″E / 41.3231333°N 19.8219278°E / 41.3231333; 19.8219278

Top Channel
Top channel Logo.png
Top Channel logo
Launched1 September 2002
NetworkDigitAlb
Owned byTop Media
Picture format576i (SDTV 16:9)
1080i (HDTV 16:9)
CountryAlbania
LanguageAlbanian
AffiliatesTelevision, Radio & Online
HeadquartersTirana, Albania
Sister channel(s)Top News
Websitewww.top-channel.tv
Availability
Terrestrial
AlbaniaAnalog/Digital
Satellite
Eutelsat W3C (16E)10762 /H/ 27500 / 3/4
Cable
Digitalb (Albania)1
ABCom (Albania)2
IPKO (Kosovo)3

Top Channel is a national commercial television station from Tirana, Albania founded in 2001 by Dritan Hoxha and part of Top Media Group. The channel holds itself for being at the edge of technological innovation. In 2009, it was the first Albanian channel to become available in 16:9 Widescreen High Definition Television for selected programs. Since September 2003, Top Channel has been present on satellite by broadcasting all over Europe through DigitAlb, and North America through Home2US. The channel is available through IPTV in Europe and North America, and through local cable in Switzerland. In January 2008, Top Channel was awarded national frequency coverage by making it the fourth such a channel in Albania. Top Channel forms part of Top Media Group together with Top Albania Radio, Top Gold Radio, My Music Radio, daily newspaper Shqip, Shqip Magazine, part of pay TV platform DigitAlb, Top News, VGA Studio, musicAL, and Imperial Cinemas.

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History

Top Channel began experimental broadcasts on 30 July 2001 at the International Center for Culture (Qendra Ndërkombëtare e Kulturës) also known as "the Pyramid or former Mausoleum of Enver Hoxha" in Tirana (shortly called "Piramida"). Since then it has seen a very fast growth and success as it has become preferable by a growing number of people through the qualitative level of broadcasting technology and programs.

As of 2006, it was believed that Top Channel held an average viewing rate of 70%, though these are based on approximate evaluations and not officially confirmed. In 2003, an survey ranked Top Channel as the most watched TV channel in Albania with 50% of the national audience, thus leaving far behind the second watched TV which accounted only for 17 %. One year earlier, it was ranked in third place with 11.9% behind the public broadcaster TVSH. Its success relates to its informational programs about the problems that Albanian society faces, as well as to the comparatively high technology by which it broadcasts.

In the past years it has also sought partnership with international development agencies such as UNDP, UNICEF, IOM, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, USAID, Albanian and French Red Cross, and many others, and sustains partnership with international private companies such as Vodafone. In addition, Top Channel has seen growing partnership with international news agencies such as Reuters in exchanging news coverage.

Top Channel together with Top Albania Radio and Top Gold Radio were formed by former media mogul and Lori Caffe owner Dritan Hoxha, who was later killed in a car accident in downtown Tirana while driving his Ferrari. His wife, Vjollca Hoxha has taken over the business since 2008.

Principles

The channel's most important guiding principles:

Its motto is Lajmi më parë kalon tek ne (The news, first passes through us).

Programmes

Top Channel's programmes include a broad range of mostly pre-recorded shows, news editions, social and economic programs and entertainments (movies, sports, etc.). Scheduled domestic and foreign programming include:

High-definition programs (as of 2009)

Original nameFormat
PortokalliSitcom
Big Brother AlbaniaReality-Show
E DiellSunday show
100 MilionëQuiz Show
Top FestAlbanian Modern Music Festival
The Voice of AlbaniaTalent Show
1001 PseKids Show
Procesi SportivSports Magazine

Nationally created shows broadcast by Top Channel (as of 2008)

Original nameFormat
Fiks FareSatirical Show
ExclusiveInquiry program
ShqipCurrent Affairs
E DiellSunday Show
Pasdite ne Top ChannelTalk Show
Top ShowTalk Show
PortokalliStand-up Comedy
Top StoryPolitical Magazine
NewsroomWeekly News Magazine
Wake UpMorning Show
SelectYouth Magazine
Procesi SportivSports Magazine
Top FestAlbanian Modern Music Awards
Big Brother AlbaniaReality Show
Dosja TCHVariety Show
POP ChannelNews-Satirical Show
Albanians Got TalentTalent Show
Albania's Next Top ModelReality Show
100 MilionëGame Show
The Voice of AlbaniaTalent Show
1001 PseKids Show
Summer FestMusic Show
PokeYouth Magazine
Kape KohenGame Show
TjetriQuiz Show

Internationally created shows broadcast by Top Channel (as of 2008)

Original nameAlbanian translationOrigin
The SopranosSopranotUnited States
FriendsFriends
2424 Orë
LostTë Humbur
Desperate HousewivesShtëpiake të Dëshpëruara
SmallvilleSmallville
The West WingWest Wing
The EventThe Event
Game of ThronesFroni i Shpatave
Covert AffairsMisione të Fshehta
The KennedysKenedit
The BorgiasBorxhiat
LeverageRregullat e Lojes
Legend of the SeekerShpata e se Vertetes
Avatar: The Last AirbenderAvatar
GhostsFantazmat
SpongeBob SquarePantsSpongeBob SquarePants
The Penguins of MadagascarPinguinet e Madagaskarit
Footballers' WivesGratë e FutbollistëveUnited Kingdom
WhitechapelWhitechapel
LutherLuther
SilkAvokatet e Mbretereshes
Scott & BaileyScott & Bailey
The State WithinLojera Pushteti
CentoVetrine100 VitrinatItaly
Un'amore e una vendettaDashuri dhe Hakmarrje
Squadra antimafia - Palermo oggiSkuadra Antimafia - Palermo sot
Il peccato e la vergognaMekati e turpi
Caterina e le sue figlieKaterina dhe te bijat
I cerchi nell'acquaSi Rrathet e Ujit
Attacco allo StatoShënjestër Politike
Paraiso TropicalParajsë tropikaleBrazil
El Rostro de AnaliaFytyra e Analias
MTV Video Music AwardsMTV VMAUnited States
MTV Europe Music AwardsMTV EMA
MTV Movie AwardsMTV Movie Awards
BRIT AwardsBRIT AwardsUnited Kingdom

Programming highlights

News bulletins and reports

These include mainly daily news about the political, economical, cultural, and social environment in Albania. The programs also provide information regarding the main events occurring in every part of the world.

Fiks Fare

Fiks Fare is a criticizing and problem-raising show, which through humor and satire denounces the negative aspects of life such as corruption, fraud, law-breaking by high rank officials, human rights violations, country development issues and many other like problems. The popularity of this program and its simple language in addressing problematic issues of Albanian society has proven to be a significant mean of raising awareness and many times leading to solution of most evident drawbacks of the ongoing transition of the country. This program is broadcasted every day of the week immediately after the main news edition. Saimir Kodra, the co-host of the show ran for becoming a member of the parliament but lost the elections.

Shqip

Shqip is the flagship program shown on Top Channel TV on Mondays. The one hour live interview is the result of detailed research and investigations. The program host asks the difficult questions and gets behind the stories that make the news in the country - from political leaders to intellectuals and decision-makers facing huge challenges. Shqip reports the events and interviews on politics development, security and social issues. According to a survey conducted in 2003 by the International Research & Exchanges Board, Shqip was ranked as the most watched TV program of the same kind and thus gained some of the highest peak audience in the country.

Portokalli

Portokalli is a weekly night sketch comedy and variety show filmed in Tirana in front of a live audience. The format of the show includes stand-up comedy, sketch comedy, and live music making the show similar to the "NBC" show "Saturday Night Live". Portokalli is known to make fun of everyday problems through humor and satire. It also makes fun of political figures such as Sali Berisha, Edi Rama, Hashim Thaçi, Ramush Haradinaj and others. Portokalli reaches an audience of many ages through young and old, and has been criticized over the vulgar language often used.

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