"Vecer mk" news website started working in 2004 as an online edition of "Vecer" daily newspaper. The newspaper and the website functioned as one medium until 2017, when, with a small team of journalists, the editor Ivona Talevska parted ways with the publication, turning the "Vecer mk" website into a separate medium. This turn of events forced the newspaper to register a site with a different domain.
According to the oldest available data, the news website "Vecher.mk" and its predecessor "Vecher.com.mk" were not registered by the company that published the newspaper, but by the firm "Maksmedia", owned by former editor Dragan Pavlovic Latas. This allowed Talevska to separate the printed and electronic editions and to continue managing the news website independently from the newspaper.
Since then, the companies that publish the newspaper and the news website have been in a silent institutional and court battle for the "Vecer" brand. In its impressum, the medium states that it is part of the "Medianet group", together with the "Vesnik.com" and "Vesti.mk" news websites.
Media Companies / Groups
The online medium "Vecer mk" is solely owned by the company "Medianet", whose owner is Jakov Pavlovic Latas.
Affiliated Interests Founder
Is an experienced marketing manager. He began his career in the 1990s at the "Idea Plus DDB" marketing agency. When this agency took over the "Vecer" newspaper and founded the "Vecer Pres" publishing company, he became its director. In the same year the newspaper registered its own website which later changed ownership and grew into an independent media outlet, separate from the newspaper. Ribarski left "Vecer Pres" in 2006. Today, he is a manager in an international corporation.
Affiliated Interests Ceo
Is a young Macedonian businessman who works in the field of marketing and media. Only little is known publicly about him except for the fact that he is the son of a journalist Dragan Pavlovic Latas, from whom he took over the two companies he manages - "Medianet" and "Maksmedia".
Affiliated Interests Editor-In-Chief
Is one of the most known faces in the Macedonian media scene. She has been active in the journalistic field since 1995 and is mostly known as a journalist and former editor at "Sitel" television. During the reign of the VMRO-DPMNE party and Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski (2006-2017), a period known for the great decline in media freedoms in the country, Talevska was the right-hand woman of Dragan Pavlovic Latas, the then editor-in-chief of the news program of "Sitel" TV.
Under their leadership, the television became the most watched in the country, but also the strongest media supporter of the government, praising its policies and attacking its critics. This editorial policy was also mirrored in the "Vecer" newspaper and the "Vecer mk" portal, after the Latas - Talevska editorial duo was appointed to run those media. Today, Talevska is no longer active in "Sitel". She was the editor-in-chief of the "Vecer" newspaper from 2012 to 2017 when she parted ways with the newspaper and continued to be the editor of "Vecer.mk". In 2018, she was sentenced to two years of probation for tax evasion.
Affiliated Interests other important people
Is the father of the director of "Vecer MK", Jakov Pavlovic Latas. He is an experienced and controversial Macedonian journalist known as the editor-in-chief of "Sitel" television from 1997 to 2017 and "Vecer" newspaper from 2006 to 2012. He is known to the public for his sharp tongue and controversial connections with political elites, for whose support he used the media he managed. This role of his came to the forefront especially during the reign of VMRO-DPMNE and Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski (2006-2017) when "Sitel" television and the "Vecer" newspaper fiercely fought with the political dissidents of the government. Latas is not active in the media today after having retired from his editorial position at TV "Sitel". He is the founder and owner of several media and marketing companies, such as "Mediamaks", "Total Media Center", "Maksmedia" and "Medianet". He transferred some of them to his son Jakov.
Revenue (in Mill. $)
21.672 $ /1.27 Mln. MKD
Operating Profit (in Mill. $)
172 $ /10.094 MKD
Advertising (in % of total funding)
The ownership structure and the financial reports are based on data recived from Central registry of the Republic of North Macedonia. The documents were received on 18.07.2023 based on a government decision from 2017 for free access for investigative journalists. The financial information is for 2022. For the calculation of the amounts in US dollars, the average exchange rate for 2022 from the National Bank of the Republic of North Macedonia was used.