Macedonian Radio Television

Macedonian Radio Television (Macedonian: Македонска радио телевизија, transliteration: Makedonska radio televizija) (or MRT) is the public broadcasting organisation of North Macedonia. It was founded in 1993 by the Assembly of the Republic of Macedonia. Its legally defined service is the production and broadcasting of radio and television programmes of all genres, which should satisfy the public information, cultural, educational and recreational needs of the people of North Macedonia.

Macedonian Radio Television
Македонска Радио Телевизиjа
TypeBroadcast national television network
AvailabilityNational; international (via MRT Sat)
Founded28 December 1944
by Government of SR Macedonia
SloganОва е Македонска Радио Телевизија (This is Macedonian Radio Television)
OwnerNon-governmental organisation
Launch date
28 December 1944
Federal Broadcasting (JRT)
Official website

MRT is directed by Petar Karanakov.[1] An industry outsider, Karanakov was selected for his independent politics and strong reputation for integrity and management. Karanakov supervises 1,200 MRT staffers.


Macedonian Television broadcasts 73 hours of programmes daily on its three national terrestrial and two international satellite channels.

  • MRT 1 broadcasts a continuous 24-hour programme.
  • MRT 1 HD simulcasts the programme of MRT 1 in HD quality.
  • MRT 2 broadcasts programmes for the national minorities in North Macedonia. Albanian, Turkish, as well as programmes in Serbian, Romany, Vlach and Bosnian.
  • MRT 2 HD simulcasts the programme of MRT 2 in HD quality.
  • MRT 3 will broadcast a new category of programmes yet to be announced.
  • MRT Sobraniski Kanal was formed in 1991 as an experimental channel, but now it broadcasts the activities from the Assembly of the Republic of North Macedonia.
  • MRT Sat started in 2000 and broadcasts a continuous 24-hour programme, which are a selection of programmes from MRT, as well as its original programme of 5 hours. The station also broadcasts to Australia & New Zealand through the Optus D2 Satellite via UBI World TV.
  • MRT 2 Sat was introduced in 2012 and broadcasts a continuous 24-hour programme in Albanian language.


The framework of the Macedonian Radio consists of three national channels, a satellite channel and a non-profit regional channel. It broadcasts 86.5 hours of programmes daily on its national and satellite channels.

The First channel, Radio Skopje, broadcasts a continuous 24-hour programme. It mainly functions as a talk radio.

The Second channel, Radio 2, broadcasts a continuous 24-hour programme, too. It is focused on popular music and entertainment.

The Third channel of Radio Skopje, broadcasts programmes in all the languages of the national minorities in North Macedonia, including Albanian (since 1948); Turkish (since 1945) 5 hours; Vlach (since 1991); Romany (since 1991); Serbian (since 2003) and Bosnian (since 2003) all 30 minutes each per day.

The satellite channel, Radio Macedonia, commenced in July 2003, and broadcasts a 24-hour continual programme, which is a selection of programmes from Macedonian Radio and its original programme "Radio Macedonia" with a duration of 6 hours and 30 minutes.

Kanal 103 provides FM broadcasting only for the region of Skopje with the mission of promoting avant-garde music and culture.

Macedonian Radio also broadcasts its programme over the Internet.


Radio in Vardar Macedonia began in 1941, when Skopje was administrative capital of Vardar Banovina in Kingdom of Yugoslavia. On 27 January 1941 Radio Skoplje (Радио Скопље) started broadcasting in Serbian and retransmitting some programs from Radio Belgrade. On 20 April 1941 Radio Skopje was relaunched under Bulgarian control as Radio Skopie (Радио Скопие), retransmitting some programs from Radio Sofia.

Broadcasting in the Macedonian language began on 28 December 1944 as Radio Skopje (Радио Скопjе) with the live transmission of the Second Session of ASNOM. Since 1991 Macedonian Radio and Television is independent radio and television broadcaster. In July 1993, MRT was admitted as a full active member of the European Broadcasting Union. MRT uses the acronym: MKRTV. With the enactment of the new broadcasting law on 24 April 1997, Macedonian Radio and Television was split into two parts: Macedonian radio-diffusion and Macedonian Radio-Television. According to article 77 of the broadcasting law, 61% of the collected broadcasting tax belongs to Macedonian Radio Television.


The process of transformation of MRTV in a public service broadcaster is not yet completed; it entailed the 1997 Law on Broadcasting Activities and the 2005 Broadcast Law. Editorial independence of MRTV is guaranteed by law but de facto lacking due to lack of independent funding and lack of independence of MRTV managerial bodies. MRTV executive directors in the last ten years remained close to the party in power. The network is funded by a license fee as well as by public budget contributions and advertising revenues (limited to 10% of airtime). Budgetary needs, and the practice of ad hoc state budgetary funding, has created a "culture of dependence" in MRTV.[2]:16

MRTV is supervised by the MRTV Council, whose members are appointed by the Parliament upon proposal by "authorised nominators" from civil society. The Council then elects the members of MRTV Management Board. Although formally only accountable to the legislature through its annual report and budget plan, MRTV remains informally accountable to the executive, undermining institutional autonomy. [3] MRTV also risks neglecting cultural pluralism obligations, in terms of programmes for minorities, as well as lacking impartiality and distance from government/majority politicians.[2]:16

Notable people

Notable people who were employed in the Macedonian Radio Television include clarinetist and composer Tale Ognenovski[4][5][6][7] who was member of “Chalgii orchestra”, “Folk music orchestra” and “Authentic folk instruments orchestra” from 1960 until 1979. [8][9][10][11][12][13][14]

See also


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