Discovery sets date for TLC launch in Turkey


Rebecca Hawkes

| 09 October 2015

Discovery has completed the acquisition of Turkish free-to-air channel CNBC-e from Doğuş Media Group and announced it will replace it with the launch of TLC Turkey in November.

The channel, Discovery's first free-to-air offering in Turkey, will provide international lifestyle, reality and factual entertainment programming, including Fear the Walking Dead, Aquarius, and OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. In addition, shows from CNBC-e such as The Vikings, Hannibal and Mike & Molly will also be carried by the new Discovery channel.

"Thanks to its strong and diverse programming schedule, we are sure that Turkish viewers will be addicted to TLC Turkey and it will be the leading channel in its genre. We look forward to working alongside Discovery on future projects and offering even more surprises for Turkish viewers," said Erman Yerdelen, chairman, Doğuş Media Group.

Istanbul-based Doğuş will manage Discovery's advertising operations in Turkey under a new partnership deal between the two parties.

James Gibbons, executive VP and country manager of emerging business, Discovery Networks CEEMEA added: "TLC Turkey will offer a diverse mix of content that adds value to our existing strong portfolio, including dedicated feeds for [pay-TV channels] Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and Discovery Science. TLC is the channel Turkey has been waiting for and we look forward to presenting it to viewers and our commercial partners this November".

The purchase of CNBC-e brings the number of Turkish TV channels operated by Discovery to 13, although TLC is the only one that is free-to-air.

Sissian Margos has been appointed as chief executive officer of the recently established Discovery Networks Türkiye, although Discovery has run its pay-TV channels and had an office in the country since 2012.