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Latest news on current media developments in South East Europe

Montenegro’s New Government Asked to Prioritise Media Freedom

Source: Exit.al

A delegation of media freedom organisations has called on the new government of Montenegro to both prioritise and uphold media freedom in the country.

Bulgarian bTV Has New CEO – Martin Svehlak

Source: Novinite.com

Bulgaria's popular bTV channel announces that Florian Skala has resigned from his position as CEO of bTV and effectively immediately Martin Svehlak has been appointed as new CEO.

RO film Collective wins European Documentary 2020 award

Source: Romania-insider.com

Alexander Nanau's documentary "Collective", about the journalistic investigation that uncovered a health scandal after the fire at Colectiv club in Bucharest in October 2015, received the European Documentary award at this year's edition of the European Film Awards.

Serbia: Higher public broadcasting service subscription as of January 1

Source: Serbianmonitor.com

In previous years, the state public service received 3.1 billion dinars per year, but the 2020 budget review reduced the amount to 1.6 billion dinars. The price of the monthly subscription will be 299 dinars per household from January 1, instead of the previous 255.

Bulgaria's Advance Media Group in talks with United Group on possible sale of Nova

Source: Seenews.com

Bulgaria's Advance Media Group is in talks with Dutch-based telecommunications and media company United Group for the sale of Nova Broadcasting Group.

China Increasing its Footprint in Balkan Media, Study Concludes

Source: BalkanInsight

The study published in collaboration with the Media Programme South East Europe of the Konrad-Adenaer-Stiftung concludes that China is increasing its presence in the media sector in the region.

BIRN Albania Face SLAPP Over Incinerator Article

Source: Exit.al

Mirel Mertiri has sued BIRN in a Tirana court seeking compensation for non-pecuniary and existential damage.

MEPs urge BiH authorities to financially support the Public Broadcasting system

Source: EuropeanWesternBalkans.com

MEPs expressing great concern about the survival of the Public Service Broadcaster BHRT in BiH and urging the BiH authorities to consider the allocation of a special help package for the support of the Public Broadcasting system in BiH, embracing BHRT, RTV FBiH and RTRS.

Podcasts Bring Welcome Change to Bulgaria’s Stale Media Scene

Source: BalkanInsight

The burgeoning podcast scene in Bulgaria may have a way to go, but it’s gaining momentum fast and already has the potential to transform the media landscape in the country.

COVID disinformation in Bulgaria: When mainstream media are no better than Facebook

Source: Euractiv.com

Julia Rone and Georgi Hristov: While in most other countries experts blame disinformation on social media like Facebook or foreign powers such as Russia or China, in Bulgaria, the country’s own mainstream media and politicians have contributed the most to spreading confusion and ignorance.