The Young Turks
Main logo of The Young Turks and TYT Network.
|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 (TYT) is the name of a progressive political commentary program hosted primarily by Cenk Uygur. The show, known as The Young Turks, broadcasts via live web stream, YouTube and Roku. Politically progressive, TYT was founded in 2002 as a liberal talkshow on Sirius Satellite Radio as that 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. The Young Turks also have a network of other shows on separate YouTube channels known collectively as the TYT Network. From 2011 to 2013 a second show called The Young Turks with Cenk Uygur aired on Current TV, where the internet show was also taped. After Current TV was acquired by Al Jazeera America, the online shows were produced from a temporary studio at YouTube Space LA in Los Angeles, California and are now being produced from their new location in Los Angeles. The Young Turks are currently using a temporary set and are currently raising funds to outfit a new permanent studio in Los Angeles.
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, he began The Young Turks.
The show's name derives 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[by whom?] 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. Mankiewicz eventually returned to The Young Turks as a regular correspondent.
After Current TV was acquired by Al Jazeera America, The Young Turks vacated their Current TV studio and relocated at a temporary studio in Los Angeles. A new permanent studio is set to be established sometime in early 2014.
Politically, The Young Turks is liberal/progressive. The Guardian described it as beginning life as, "a liberal talkshow on Sirius Satellite Radio in 2002" and reported TYT's film critic Ben Mankiewicz as saying that TYT's brand as, "genuine, real and generally progressive", while an article in NY Daily News also described TYT as, "a liberal-leaning show on Sirius Radio". Writing for US News, Paul Bedard described TYT as, "the loudly liberal counter to the right-leaning presets on my Sirius Satellite Radio" and Current TV (the then television carrier for the TYT) has described TYT as "a group of progressive, outspoken journalists and commentators discussing politics and pop culture" and the founder Cenk Uygur as bringing a, "uniquely progressive and topical commentary about politics and pop culture."
Regular segments during the 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").
- 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.
Some other hosts are Ben Mankiewicz, Brian Unger, Dave Rubin, Jimmy Dore, John Iadarola, Wes Clark Jr, Michael Shure, Teresa Strasser, Cara Santa Maria, 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, Tom Hanc, Steve Oh and Andrew Napier.
The TYT Network
Over the years The Young Turks have expanded their operation from one show to a variety of shows covering a variety of topics. These shows collectively are known as the TYT Network. Each has its own YouTube channel.
|What the Flick?!||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.|
|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.|
|TYTComedy||Comedy TYT style, home of the Jimmy Dore Show.|
|TYTSports||Originally featuring Cenk Uygur, Jayar Jackson, and Ben Mankiewicz. It is currently hosted by Rick Strom.|
|TYTShows||More from the TYT Network|
|TYT Investigates||Documentaries. Also contains a show, The Undercurrent, hosted by Lauren Windsor, which 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.|
|TYT Interviews||Interviews from TYT|
|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.|
|PopCultured||Hosted by Samantha Schacher. The show features a number of regular contributors including Bree Essrig, Brett Erlich and Jason Horton. The show seeks to provide some intelligent conversation on otherwise mindless news from Pop Culture.|
|The Point and TownSquare||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 Ana Kasparian. It also involves video submitted by bloggers and personalities.|
|The Rubin Report||A comedy and current events panel show hosted by Dave Rubin.|
|The David Pakman Show||Political and current events radio show hosted by David Pakman.|
|The Lip TV||Experts Speak Live and Unscripted|
|Majority Report||News and Politics with Sam Seder|
|Secular Talk||The Kyle Kulinski Show on Secular Talk Radio Network|
|Absurdity Today||News Satire with Juliana Forlano|
|Richard Fowler Show||Weekly Political Talk with Richard A. Fowler|
|Cynically Tested||Weekly Canadian Comedy|
|Ron Placone||Comedian and Media Activist|
All Channels At TYT Network Shows
- In June 2010, TYT helped launch thetopvlog on YouTube, a vlog channel featuring a variety of liberal political vloggers posted irregularly online.
- 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.
- 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.
- Reality Bites Back, a reality-television-focused review series hosted by Jacki Bray and Misty Kingma, ran from May to July 2011.
It was announced on July 30, 2013 that The Young Turks launched on Roku with the TYT Network. The Roku channel will feature much of the same content that’s already freely available on The Young Turks’ YouTube channel, which has over 1.3 million subscribers and generates 50 million monthly views. The network is also among the few channels to generate more than 1 billion views since launching on YouTube, too. Yet since there isn’t a YouTube channel on Roku, the new app should fix that. Young Turks COO Steve Oh said making TYT Network available on Roku is the first part of the network’s strategy to continue its growth regardless of where people are watching its programming. The basic idea is to figure out a way to monetize its programming from multiple distribution channels rather than relying on one or two big channels (such as YouTube or cable television). The network is also planning to launch native apps for iOS and Android in the near future and is speaking with other media platforms about expanding its programming.
|The Young Turks with Cenk Uygur|
|Created by||Cenk Uygur|
|Presented by||Cenk Uygur, Ana Kasparian, Ben Mankiewicz, Michael Shure, Brian Unger, Wes Clark, Jr., RJ Eskow|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Executive producer(s)||Cenk Uygur
|Location(s)||Culver City, CA|
|Running time||Television: 1 hour|
|Original channel||Current TV|
|Original run||December 5, 2011 – August 15, 2013|
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 through their Facebook page that they would leave XM/Sirius radio; their last show on XM/Sirius was on November 19, 2010.
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 was introduced as The Young Turks with Cenk Uygur to differentiate itself from the popular web series. For two years the two separate shows were done one after the other with an hour break in between shows Monday through Thursday.
On January 2, 2013, it was announced that Current TV had been sold to Al Jazeera, a Qatar based broadcaster. As a result, TYT would be discontinued on the channel as Al Jazeera reorganized the channel into the new Al Jazeera America network. However, Cenk Uygur confirmed on the online show in January that TYT would continue on Current TV until at least March 2013. The show on Current ended on August 15, 2013 with the ending of all live programming on Current.
In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Uygur remarked about the loss of the television show that he feels "relieved" that he can move on and focus on his web show and site and that he "was exhausted from doing the two shows at once," also that "The future is overwhelmingly online" and he is excited to turn his energies there. It was also mentioned that after the acquisition of Current, he had brief talks with Al Jazeera America about whether there would be a place for him and the show, but both sides agreed that Uygur, known for political rants, would not fit well with the company’s plans to build a news source with a more neutral tone.
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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