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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Tarkan to Open New TV Channel

By Adelind Osmanlı reporting from Munich, Germany

Public broadcaster the Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT) is getting ready to launch a new channel on 21 March - a day which symbolizes nature's release from winter and is celebrated by Turkic countries with great enthusiasm.

Scheduled to be aired across a vast geography including the Balkans, Central Asia, Middle East and the Caucasus, the channel's name is being kept a secret and will be announced by Turkish President Abdullah Gül in front of ministers, high-level directors and foreign guests attending the premier.

There are plans for Turkish popstar Tarkan to take to the stage and sing at the end of the opening evening in the Turkish capital of Ankara.

"I'm really happy that this channel is being opened, because I believe that the ties that bind us will strengthen even more," Tarkan said in TRT's news promo of the upcoming event.

Tarkan Speaking About TV Event (TRT/March 2009)

The popstar went on to say: "We're going to share our culture, the events going on over [in Turkey], our music ... so it's going to be great. I'm really happy about it."

It is hoped that the channel will gather Turkish speaking people together on a new platform. Programs will be broadcast in Azerbaijan Turkish, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Uzbek and Turkmen languages. Turkish subtitles will also be available.

The channel will reach up to 250 million people in 27 countries and 13 regions; including Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, Russia, Ukraine, Moldavia, Georgia, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Bulgaria, Greece, the Balkan countries, Eastern Europe and China.

Documentaries, culture and music programs as well as local films and serials will be televised. Audiences will also have the opportunity to learn Turkish through tutorials.

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