Al Jazeera Türk
|Al Jazeera Türk|
|Launched||January 21, 2014 (Online)
End of 2014 (Broadcast)
|Owned by||Al Jazeera Media Network|
|Slogan||"Çevresindeki bölge Son Dakika Haber ve Analizer"|
|Broadcast area||Turkey, Balkans, Central Asia|
|Sister channel(s)||Al Jazeera Arabic
Al Jazeera English
Al Jazeera Balkans
Al Jazeera America
|Website||Al Jazeera Turk|
Al Jazeera Turk (AJT) 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 January 2014, the channel is still under construction, with a website already being launched. The Managing Director of the channel is İsmail Kızılbay. The News Director is Gürkan Zengin. This channel will join Al Jazeera's four other news channels, Al Jazeera in Arabic, Al Jazeera English, Al Jazeera Balkans and Al Jazeera America. The channel currently delivers news through its website and plans to be on the air by the end of 2014.
Early background and first launch attempt
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, head of Al Jazeera's Turkish editorial team, also resigned.
Digital online launch
Plans and efforts to launch the channel re-started in 2013 shortly after the launch of Al Jazeera America. On January 21, 2014, Al Jazeera Turk`s website launched with news content. The move made Al Jazeera Turk the first 24 hour news operation to go digital before broadcast.
Also like its English, Arabic and Balkans counterparts the channel has its own digital Magazine.
The channel is under construction with plans to launch towards the end of 2014. Construction and indoor works are currently underway at the upcoming channel’s building in Topkapı, İstanbul. The channel claims it's news center is built around the channel’s regional vision.
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