TRT Avaz

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TRT Avaz
TRT AVAZ logo.jpg
Launched March 21, 2009
Owned by Turkish Radio and Television Corporation
Picture format 16:9 (576i, SDTV)
Country Turkey
Language Turkic
Formerly called TRT Türk
Website www.trt.net.tr/trtavaz
Availability
Satellite
Türksat 2A 12015 H, SR 27500, FEC 5/6
Türksat 3A 11094 H, SR 24444, FEC 3/4
Eutelsat W3A Digiturk channel 57 (11637 H, SR 30000, FEC 3/4)

TRT Avaz is a channel broadcast by the Turkish Radio and Television Corporation with a Pan Turkic and Balkan focus. It was launched in Turkey on March 21, 2009, and broadcasts throughout the Balkans, Turkic Central Asia, the Middle East, and the Caucasus.

Programs are televised in Azeri, Bosnian, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Uzbek, and Turkmen, with Turkish-language subtitles, and include documentaries, talk shows, culture and music programs as well as region-specific films and soap operas. Audiences also have the opportunity to learn Turkish through tutorials.

The channel has the potential to reach an audience of 250 million people in 27 countries and 13 autonomous regions across Eastern Europe, Western, and Central Asia, spanning Bulgaria to Afghanistan. The channel however is blocked in China due to concerns about Turkic separatism within the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.[according to whom?]

The channel's name was announced by President Abdullah Gül as "AVAZ", a word that means "voice" in many Central Asian languages.

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