Turkish state TV plans to launch channel in English next year

The state-owned Turkish Radio and Television Corporation will work on launching a channel in 2011 that would broadcast in English, TRT General Manager Ibrahim Şahin has said.

Turkish state TV plans to launch channel in English next year

World Bulletin / News Desk

The state-owned Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT) will work on launching a channel in 2011 that would broadcast in English, TRT General Manager Ibrahim Şahin has said.

Speaking to the Anatolia news agency on Sunday, Şahin talked about TRT's plans for next year. Having announced that they will have a new education channel by January, he noted that they would focus on launching a separate channel in English, which, he added, is akin to a “national duty” for them.

“This is because Turkey has grown so large and become an effective power in its region. We, however, cannot publicize that because promoting it to non-Turkish speakers can only be in English. It is a universal language now. Everyone understands at least a little of it. We can now say all countries have established a channel [in English] and started promoting it like that. I think we lag a little behind in that regard,” Şahin said.

TRT has been engaged in an intensive campaign to start broadcasting in non-Turkish languages. As part of that campaign, two separate stations broadcasting in Kurdish and Arabic were launched in the past two years.

Şahin told Anatolia that now is certainly the time for an English channel. “We have established many channels, but we still do not have one broadcasting in English. That means we have something missing as part of our efforts to promote Turkey. We have been postponing it because we wanted it to be of the highest quality. Our only task apart from routine work now will be to focus on the channel in English,” he said.

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Azad
Azad - 10 yıl Before

This is a great decision without any doubt. I am aneither a Turk nor an Arab or a Kurd but a Turkish Lover. I want to know and watch any thing happaning in Turkey immediately. Without an English Language TV Channel which is not possible while I am Living in London.

Tughluq
Tughluq - 10 yıl Before

Muslims of non Turk and Arab origins eagerly waiting for this.