Ora News is a 24-hour informative channel. It started operations in 2007 and invested heavily in technology and talk shows. It obtained the first license from the National Council of Radio and Television in 2007 and currently transmits free on air and as well, streams online through its website oranews.tv. It transmits also through DigitAlb pay per view platform on digital terrestrial technology and as well on the same name satellite package. The television asserts that it is able to transmit live up to 24 hours continuously from several of the main towns in Albania, Macedonia and Kosovo. It has a workforce of 80 and during the last elections had paid an Italian market research company to conduct exit polls on election day.
Free-to-air (Online, digital, Satellite, Cable)
Media Companies / Groups
Yldon Media Group
Ora News is owned by Ylli Ndroqi 60% and his wife Mimoza Ndroqi 40%
Only the shareholder has the right to vote.
Affiliated Interests Founder
Ilda Prifti – In 2006 Ilda Prifti founded a company named Ora, to run a local television based in Tirana with paid capital of 100.000,00 Lek (USD 1.067). In December 2006, the capital of the company increased to 25 Mio. Lek (USD 266.894) and the television station was launched in the 24-hour-news format ahead of the 2006 local elections. She is a relative of Alba Gina, the wife of Aleksander Frangaj. Ilda Prifti was born in 1988 and was 18 years old when her name appeared in the business registry as founder of the company.
Affiliated Interests Ceo
Ylli Ndroqi’s name appears for the first time in the National Business Registry records in 2003, through the company YLDON LLC, with paid capital of 20,000 Euro. In 2016, the company had revenues of 21 Mio Lek (USD 163.691) and assets of 734 Mio Lek (USD 5.72 Mio).
In December 2010, Ylli Ndroqi purchased 100% of the shares of Teknotrade LLC for 265,000 Euro. The company was renamed Channel One and now operates the local television station with the same name. Ndroqi sold the company to Astrit Sejdini for 26.5 Mio Lek (USD 206.563) in 2011. In 2013, Ndroqi repurchased the company for the same amount. In 2016 Channel One declared revenues of 6.8 Mio Lek (USD 53.004) and net losses of 7.2 Mio Lek (USD 56.122).
During the last decade Ylli Ndroqi has established several companies with a small or no monetary circulation. Since 2012 Ylli Ndroqi has been serving as an honorary consul of the United States of Mexico in Albania.
Affiliated Interests Editor-In-Chief
Ilva Tare – is a journalist and host of a political TV Show Tonight - Ilva Tare. She has worked as TV Journalist for the past 22 years and has been hosting the current show since 2011.
Affiliated Interests other important people
Mimoza Ndroqi – owns 40% of this company and is the wife of Ylli Ndroqi, the CEO and majority shareholder of the company.
Redon – the son of Mimoza and Ylli - is a member of the Executive Board.
Mariam Akopian Ndroqi – the wife of Redon is the general director of Ora News.
Artur Zheji – is an opinion maker and former Director of Public Radio and Television. He hosts a TV show called 360 Grade and runs a website with the same name 360grade.al.
Dritan Hila – has been an opinion maker since 2008 and was a diplomat before that. He worked as Deputy Minister of Defense under Socialist Party government 2013-2015 and resigned in 2015 and founded Dritare.net, a news website.
Rruga Aleksander Moisiu, Ish-Kinostudioja "Shqiperia e Re", Tirana, Albania.
Revenue (in Mill. $)
1.46 Mio. $ / 187.8 Mio. Lek
Operating Profit (in Mill. $)
0.03 Mio. $ / 3.7 Mio. Lek
Advertising (in % of total funding)
The ownership structure and financial statement are publicly available on the Albanian National Business Registry. The financial data provided are for 2016. The Central Bank's average exchange rate for 2016 was used to convert the amounts into USD. For the purpose of evaluating weight of assets and revenues of this company in the media market, MOM have calculated the value of assets, revenues and profits of 8 TV companies/groups with free-to-air outlets. The companies included in the calculation are as follows: Top Channel, Klan, Media Vizion, Multiscreen, Focus Media News, ABC News, Ora News and Scan. This calculation does not include the pay-per-view distributors DigitAlb, Tring TV and the Public Broadcaster RTSH. Ora News replied to the MOM information request on 19 January 2017. Audience share for Top TV stations was provided by Abacus Research and Telemetrix for 2017, the data are conflicting that’s why both audience shares are presented. See sources for more.