Al Jazeera Türk
|Al Jazeera Türk|
|Owned by||Qatar Media Corporation|
|Broadcast area||Turkey, Balkans, Central Asia|
|Sister channel(s)||Al Jazeera Arabic, Al Jazeera English, Al Jazeera Balkans|
Al Jazeera Turk is a television news channel which will be broadcast in Turkish that is currently under preparation.
The channel will be based in Istanbul. As of November 2012, the channel is still under construction, with a website already being launched. The General manager of the channel is Dr. Ismail Kızılbay. Al Jazeera already has three news channels, Al Jazeera in Arabic, Al Jazeera English, and Al Jazeera Balkans.
In February 2011, the Savings Deposit Insurance Fund of Turkey put Cine5 up for sale after the channel was confiscated when the owner Erol Aksoy went in debt and became bankrupt. Al Jazeera made a bid for the network and acquired it for $40.5 million after an unsuccessful $21 million bid. Al Jazeera then renamed the channel and is currently working on launching Al Jazeera Turkish.
On April 2012, there were reports of the channel being delayed over its refusal to call the Kurdistan Workers Party as "terrorists" as most Turkish news outlets do, citing journalistic standards. The Foreign Ministry, who advocated the project, became at odds with the channel. Vural Ak, a major Turkish investor, withdrew from the partnership with Al Jazeera. Nuh Yilmaz, a scholar and media expert that left a position in the United States to work on the project also resigned.
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