A2

A2 is an informative TV channel based in Tirana with an exclusive partnership with CNN. A2 started broadcasting on December 6, 2018. A2 is supported by news units located in other cities in Albania and in the region. The television uses modern technology and it is supported by CNN's worldwide expertise in training and development of editorial staff. As an exclusive branch of CNN, A2 broadcasts, in addition to its original program, selected CNN programs and news translated into Albanian language.

Key facts

Audience Share

XX.XX%

Ownership Type

Private

Geographic Coverage

Local (Tiranë, Durrës)

Content Type

Free-to-air (digital)

Data Publicly Available

ownership data is easily available from other sources, e. g. public registries etc.

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Media Companies / Groups

Gener2

Ownership

Ownership Structure

A2 TV is owned by the company G2 Media LLC. The latter is owned 100% by the company Gener2 JSC of the shareholders Bashkim Ulaj (34%) and his brothers, Astrit Ulaj (33%) and Ahmet Ulaj (33%).

Voting Rights

Only shareholders have the right to vote.

Individual Owner

Media Companies / Groups
Facts

General Information

Founding Year

2018

Affiliated Interests Founder

Ulaj brothers

Bashkim Ulaj and his brothers, Astrit and Ahmet Ulaj are the founders of the A2 television. They own the television through their flagship company Gener 2, where Bashkim Ulaj has 34% of the shares and his brothers 33% each. Gener 2 owns 100% of the company G2 Media LLC, which operates the A2 television. In January 2018, Gener 2 bought the company Albanian Byaty, then owned by Elida Llupa, for a price of 6 million lek [44,924 Euro]. Founded in 2004, Albanian Byaty owned an audiovisual broadcasting license and operated the music station Elrodi TV. In April 2018, the Audiovisual Media Authority, AMA, approved the change of the name of the television to A2 and the structure of the program from music broadcasting to news.

Affiliated Interests Ceo

Astrit Patozi

A former journalist, politician and former chairman of the party "Bindja Demokratike". He was appointed CEO of A2 television in September 2023. Patozi started his career in the early 90s as a journalist at the Albanian News Agency and worked as an editor in chief for the defunct newspaper “Albania” and for the political daily of the Democratic Party, " Rilindja Demokratike". In 1997, Patozi was actively involved in politics and was elected member of the Parliament for the Democratic Party. He also held the position of the vice president of the Democratic Party as well as the head of the parliamentary group. Patozi left DP in 2018 and founded the "Bindja Demokratike"; but his new party didn’t score any electoral success. After resigning from politics in 2021, Patozi returned to the media after 18 years.

Affiliated Interests Editor-In-Chief

Elert Yzeiri

The editor in chief at A2. He started his career in journalism as a sports reporter and has continued as a commentator of football matches and “Formula 1” racing at Top Channel TV. Yzeiri has previously worked as an editor in chief at Top News and the website of Top Channel, top-channel.tv.

Affiliated Interests other important people

Andri Kasneci

The CEO of G2 Media LLC since February 2018. According to his LinkedIn profile, Kasneci worked for several years as a financial analyst in the United States, before returning to Albania and joining Gener 2 in 2010. Kasneci directed some of Ulaj's projects, before taking over the management of A2 television. He also owns 100% of the shares in the financial company "Platinum Investment" founded in 2011 by Bashkim Ulaj.

Contact

Rruga Papa Gjon Pali II, NR. 12, ABA Business Center,

Kati 10, Z. 1006, Tiranë, Shqipëri

Email: info@a2cnn.com

Tel: +355 4 562 0444

 

Financial Information

Revenue (in Mill. $)

3.62 Mln.. $/ 410 Mln.. Lek

Operating Profit (in Mill. $)

0.05 Mln.. $/ 6 Mln.. Lek

Advertising (in % of total funding)

Missing Data

Market Share

6.9%

Further Information

Meta Data

The ownership structure and financial statement are publicly available on the Albanian National Business Registry. The financial data provided are for 2022. The Central Bank's average exchange rate for 2022 was used to convert the amounts into USD. Audience share for Top 10 TV stations was provided by Idra Media, for the period of 8 May 2022 to 8 May 2023. The data did not include A2 CNN.

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