TRT plans more non-Turkish domestic broadcasts
October 4th, 2009 - 10:34 UTC
by Andy Sennitt.

Work on a bylaw allowing private television channels to broadcast in languages other than Turkish, an important leg of the Kurdish initiative, has been completed, and private organizations have petitioned the Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTÜK), requesting permission to broadcast in a variety of languages.

One of these requests seeks permission to broadcast in Armenian, a matter that has been left to the government to decide on. The regulation on broadcasting in languages and dialects traditionally used by Turkish citizens in their daily lives was sent to the Prime Ministry for final review. Following the decision to launch TRT 6, a state-owned channel that broadcasts in Kurdish 24 hours a day, the government decided to grant private stations the right to broadcast in other languages as well.

Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arinc, who is responsible for RTÜK and the Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT), said that after launching Kurdish-language broadcasting, TRT will begin broadcasting in Arabic and French next year. “We are going to launch an Arabic channel, followed by a French and English channel as well as a tourism and documentary channel in Izmir and a TRT music channel in Ankara and Istanbul,” he added.