European Broadcasting Union (EBU) Director General Jean Réveillon met RTK’s Public Relations Manager Bukurije Gjonbalaj today at EBU headquarters to sign a renewal of the EBU’s service agreement with RTK. The agreement underlines the EBU’s commitment to public service broadcasting in the region. Prior to the signing of the agreement, Mrs Gjonbalaj also had meetings with EBU Radio Department Director Raina Konstantinova and Deputy Director of Legal and Public Affairs Michael Wagner.
Following the breakup of ex-Yugoslavia, the EBU was mandated in September 1999 by the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to set up and run RTK. The broadcaster first went on air for only two hours per evening, broadcasting from the badly damaged premises of the former Radio and Television Pristina. RTK was set up to supply impartial news and information, which all players believed was crucial for a successful transition to peace and democracy. RTK was formally founded as a legal entity in 2001.
Today, RTK broadcasts both on terrestrial and satellite networks and includes two radio stations, Radio Kosova and Radio Blue Sky, as well as its web page, www.rtklive.com. RTK produces and broadcasts its programmes in five languages: Albanian, Serbian, Turkish, Bosnian, and Roma, appealing to all audiences with a wide range of programmes.