According to the State Statistical Office (No. 126.96.36.199), in 2017 there were 115 business entities performing broadcasting activities in the Republic of Macedonia, of which 64 transmitted radio programmes and 51 transmitted television programmes. Of the total number of business entities that transmitted radio programmes, one is a public broadcasting enterprise (Macedonian Radio Television), 60 are commercial broadcasting companies, and 3 are non-profit broadcasting institutions. According to the data, the public radio broadcasting enterprise broadcast a total of 38 020 hours of radio programmes, mostly (56.3%) music programmes. The commercial radio broadcasting companies broadcast a total of 461 283 hours of radio programme, mostly (60.9%) music programmes as well. Of the total number of business entities that transmitted television programme, one is a public broadcasting enterprise and 50 are commercial broadcasting companies. The public television broadcasting enterprise broadcast a total of 23 729 hours of television programme, of which most, or mostly (42.1%) was documentaries and music programmes. The commercial television broadcasting companies broadcast a total of 395 190 hours of television programme, of which 22.7% was fiction.
The Macedonian Radio and Television broadcasts TV programmes in seven languages (Macedonian, Albanian, Turkish, Roma, Serb, Bosnian and Vlach) and radio programmes in nine languages (Macedonian, Albanian, Turkish, Roma, Serb, Bosnian, Vlach, Greek and Bulgarian). The share of domestic versus imported programmes in Macedonian Television is 70:30.
The Public Broadcasting Service tax was 190 MKD (around 3.1 EUR). It was cancelled due to the Government’s decision in 2017. Since then, the Government is financing the Public Broadcasting Service.
By the adoption of the Law on Audio and Audio-visual Media Services, the Broadcasting Council was transformed into the Agency for Audio and Audio-visual Media Services. Main bodies of the Agency are the Council and the Director of the Agency. The Council consists of seven members, who elect the President and Deputy President among the members. The members of the Council are appointed by the Parliament.
The Ministry of Culture has no responsibility over the media.
See also chapter 4.2.6.