This research aims at presenting a detailed picture of the local media landscape, while it endeavors to map the local media in the country. It carries out a conceptual analysis of the local media, functions and roles they play in communities they operate, as well as their importance to democracy in general. This analysis has taken into consideration a series of studies, reports and publications that deal with this subject. Besides scientific literature and works by the authors mentioned above, this study has also conducted a detailed research of documents, strategies, and the Albanian legal framework regarding the switch to digital broadcasting. The main references in the Albanian literature include publications by the Albanian Media Institute, research carried out by the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Tirana, research conducted by the Department of Communication Sciences at University College Bedër, with the support of the Audiovisual Media Authority, as well as papers and articles published by various Albanian authors.