The Young Turks
|Genre||Political talk show|
|Running time||2 hours (plus 30-minute extra for paid members)|
|Exec. producer(s)||David Koller
|Air dates||February 14, 2002 to November 19, 2010 (radio)
December 21, 2005–present (YouTube)
|The Young Turks with Cenk Uygur|
|Created by||Cenk Uygur|
|Presented by||Cenk Uygur
Wes Clark, Jr.
|Country of origin||United States|
|Executive producer(s)||Cenk Uygur
|Location(s)||Culver City, CA|
|Running time||Television: 1 hour|
|Original channel||Current TV (2011–present)|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)
|Original airing||December 5, 2011|
The Young Turks (TYT) is the name of two daily news and political commentary programs hosted primarily by Cenk Uygur. One show, known as The Young Turks broadcasts via live web stream and YouTube. The second, known fully as The Young Turks with Cenk Uygur, available on television, premiered on 5 December 2011 and airs daily on Current TV. TYT was Sirius Satellite Radio's first original talk programming. The Young Turks claims to be the first Internet TV news show and the world's largest online news show. Video of the show is streamed daily on their website and is available as a podcast. The show offers Internet-only video content via their YouTube channel, which in April 2012 averaged 750,000 views a day, and over 750 million views since December 2005. On 20 April 2013 The Young Turks announced that their YouTube channel had received over 1 billion video views. The Young Turks offers a paid members-only Postgame Show, an Internet only wrap-up show.
On January 2, 2013, Al Jazeera purchased Current TV, along with its carriage agreements with cable providers currently offering the existing channel, and announced that it would scrap the channel along with its programming lineup with the intention of offering a Doha-based American-focussed news network, distancing itself from the channel's current progressive political commentary. Later that day on the online show, Uygur clarified that Al Jazeera has not bought the TYT online show or its brand, both of which are independent of Current. He also stated: "what will happen to the Current show is an interesting question, and one that I do not have an answer to," but that the show will continue "for at least another three months."
The Young Turks as a show began when Cenk Uygur started a talk show in the mould of a public-access television cable TV show he had done previously called The Young Turk. With the help of friend Ben Mankiewicz, with whom he had previously worked, his childhood friend Dave Koller, and Jill Pike, they began The Young Turks.
The show's name is derived from the English-language phrase "Young Turk", meaning a reformist or rebellious member of an institution, movement, or political party.
In 2005, the show received attention for its 99-hour "Live On Air Filibuster" conducted during the Samuel Alito Supreme Court nomination. Hosts including Thom Hartmann and John Amato filled in so that the show's regulars could rest or have breaks.
It was announced on August 20, 2007, that Mankiewicz would leave the show and move to a new television show for TMZ. At roughly the same time, Pike left to pursue a job in Washington, D.C., at which point then-intern Ana Kasparian was hired to do pop-culture segments.
Satellite radio 
Prior to signing with Air America, the show was broadcast on Sirius Satellite Radio, on Sirius Left 143 and later 146, weekdays from 6-9PM ET, and re-aired on Sirius Talk Central 148 from 12-2PM ET. The Young Turks was the first show exclusively for Sirius Left to air not part of a syndication network. The show was exclusive to Sirius for several years. TYT was also carried by KFH (1330 AM/98.7 FM) in Wichita, Kansas from 7-9PM CT and webcast by RadioPower.org.
On February 2, 2009, TYT was removed from the broadcast schedule on XM/Sirius Channel 167, America Left, and their program was filled by an extra hour of Bill Press. The show returned to XM/Sirius on March 16, 2009. However in late 2010, TYT announced they would leave XM/Sirius radio through their Facebook page; their last show on XM/Sirius was on November 19, 2010.
Regular segments during the online show as well as the television show include:
- TYT Supreme Court: Critical examination of parties involved in a news story; judgment is decided usually amongst Uygur, Ana Kasparian, Jayar Jackson, and Jesus Godoy (who serves as "Chief Justice").
- Dave Koller's America
- Turk of the Week (during the 2008–2009 seasons, and was brought back as Turk of the Year for 2012)
- Elbow of the Day (TV broadcasts): Uygur calls out the person that he criticizes for their actions or comments. The subject's face is animated onto a wrestler's body and is then body slammed by a big elbow featuring the person or subject that they criticized about on its biceps.
Weeknight program on Current TV 
On September 20, 2011, Current TV announced that TYT would launch a weeknight TV edition of the show at 7 pm EST on the network beginning sometime in the 4th quarter of 2011. The show joined Countdown with Keith Olbermann as the second news and opinion program on Current as the network continued to develop a new lineup of programming followed by The War Room with Jennifer Granholm in January. According to the show's website, the show is introduced as The Young Turks with Cenk Uygur to differentiate itself from the popular web series.
On January 2, 2013, it was announced that Current TV had been sold to Al Jazeera, a Qatar based broadcaster. As a result, TYT may be discontinued as Al Jazeera reorganizes the channel into its new Al Jazeera America network. However, Cenk Uygur confirmed on the online show that TYT will continue on Current TV until at least March 2013.
The show is primarily hosted by Cenk Uygur and often includes a co-host, usually Ana Kasparian. Some other hosts are Ben Mankiewicz, Brian Unger, Jimmy Dore, John Iadarola, Wes Clark Jr, Michael Shure, Teresa Strasser, Hermela Aregawi, RJ Eskow, Gina Grad and Kim Horcher. Cenk has regular bits and on-air interaction with those who help run the show: Jesús Godoy, Ana Kasparian, Cliff Schecter, Dave Koller, Jayar Jackson, Dave Rubin, Tom Hanc, Steve Oh and Andrew Napier.
Spin-off series 
- In February 2010, What the Flick?! began airing on the show's website, featuring movie reviews by Alonso Duralde, Ben Mankiewicz, and regular guests Matt Atchity of Rotten Tomatoes and Christy Lemire of the Associated Press. What The Flick?! is produced by Andrew Napier, Ana Kasparian, and Cenk Uygur, and directed by Andrew Napier.
- In June 2010, TYT helped launch thetopvlog on YouTube, a vlog channel featuring a variety of liberal political vloggers posted irregularly online.
- In September 2010, TYTSports was launched, featuring Cenk Uygur, Jayar Jackson, and Ben Mankiewicz. It is currently hosted by Rick Strom.
- In March 2011, TYTUniversity, a college-centered show was launched on YouTube. Originally hosted by Ana Kasparian and Jayar Jackson, John Iadarola joined in January 2012 and now co-hosts the show with Lisa Ferguson . This segment covers everything from college life to academics, and studying to relationship drama.
- In October 2011, twenTYTwelve, a spin-off show of The Young Turks was created to focus specifically on the upcoming 2012 elections. This show is hosted by Michael Shure and is designed to focus not only on the 2012 Presidential election, but rather various elections throughout the country.
- In December 2012, NerdAlert, a spin-off show of TYT University debuted to focus on news about technology, gaming and online geek culture. It is hosted by Kim Horcher.
- In September 2012, PopCultured was launched, hosted by Samantha Schacher. The show features a number of regular contributers including Bree Essrig, Brett Erlich and Jason Horton. The show seeks to provide some intelligent conversation on otherwise mindless news from Pop Culture.
- TYT Now, a TYT spinoff hosted by columnist Tina Dupuy and Tim Mihalsky, ran from May to August 2011.
- WMB, a spinoff hosted by Ben Mankiewicz, Michael Shure and Wes Clark Jr., ran from May to June 2011.
- The Point, a current affairs panel discussion series hosted by either a Young Turks host or more frequently a guest host such as Jimmy Dore, Greg Proops or John Fugelsang, began in November 2011. It also involves video submitted by bloggers and personalities.
- Reality Bites Back, a reality-television-focused review series hosted by Jacki Bray and Misty Kingma, ran from May to July 2011.
- The Undercurrent is a show hosted by Lauren Windsor, it features a broad variety of topics that were usually covered on the main show to get a little bit deeper into it, as well as interviews with politicians, media figures and opinion makers
Additional programs 
- On May 31, 2012 The Young Turks added The David Pakman Show to their YouTube network of programs.
- In February of 2013, DennisTrainorJr, by then a fairly popular YouTube channel, joined their network.
- On March 11, 2013, Kyle Kulinski announced that The Kyle Kulinski Show on Secular Talk Radio Network was partnering with The Young Turks. 
Awards and nominations 
The Young Turks has won the 2009 Podcast Award in the "Political" category, as well as the 2009 Mashable Open Web Award for the "Best Political News Site". In March 2011, the show won a Shorty award. In the 2011 Webby Awards, The Young Turks won the People's Voice award in the news and politics series category.
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