Turkey concerned at Turkish airtime cuts in Germany
by Andy Sennitt.
Turkey is concerned over cuts in Turkish broadcasting in Germany, CNNturk reports. Earlier this year Radyo Multikulti, broadcasting in 17 languages including Turkish, was closed due to financial issues. A German DPA radio station having Turkish broadcasting will also shut down by the end of the year though it launched activities only seven months ago. Another blow to Turkish broadcasting was struck by Cologne-based Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR). One-hour Turkish programmes will be replaced by programmes in German ones, and weekly boadcasts in Turkish will be reduced from 10.5 hours to 5.5 hours.
As we previously reported, Bulgarians are also complaining about Turkish news broadcasting. The leader of nationalist “Party of Bulgarian Men”, Rosen Markov, made an attempt at self-immolation opposing news broadcasting in Turkish, near the building of Bulgarian BRT TV channel. Rumour has it that a signature collection has been launched against Turkish broadcasting in Bulgaria.