A UNESCO inter-sectorial mission to Albania took place in January 1998, following which a project was prepared and submitted to the Bureau of the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC) in October 1998. The project, aimed at strengthening the National Television (TVSH) and the Albanian News Agency (ATA), was approved and an amount of US$ 65,000 was assigned to it in summer 1999. In November 1999, the French Government allocated additional funds to the project (FF200,000). These funds were released in May 2000.
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The basic aim of the project was to improve the quality of training in various areas of journalism at the Journalism Faculty of the State University of Baku. This involved restructuring the study programme and providing up-to-date material for the radio and television school, together with print media desktop publishing (DTP) equipment.
The purpose of this project was to make available modern production equipment to programme-making staff of National Television of Armenia (NTA) and to organize hands-on training for the operating staff. The intention was thus to enable NTA to produce programmes to international standards and to allow for the exchange of television productions with other countries.
At the moment when the project was initiated and implanted Croatia had no independent TV station broadcasting on its territory. For this reason, UNESCO supported the creation of an independent TV production house permitting Croatia to participate in a news exchange programme in South East Europe. Furthermore, it gave the opportunity to journalists from the country to produce TV programmes without censorship and to bring Croatia nearer to its neighbouring countries where the programmes were broadcasted by independent TV-stations.