London Turkish Radio
|Broadcast area||Greater London|
|First air date||1990|
|Format||Turkish language community radio|
|Former callsigns||Turkish Radio|
|Owner||London Turkish Radio
(Kirmizi Beyaz Kibris Ltd.)
The radio station was launched in 1990 and was called the Turkish Radio, broadcasting to the Turkish and Turkish speaking Communities for the first time under the name of Turkish Radio, for only one hour per day between the hours of 12 midnight to 1am. Because the response to the small broadcast was so successful, a license to broadcast 24 hours a day was granted.
The name of the radio station changed in 1994 to London Turkish Radio (LTR), and has since grown in popularity, and is the only fully licensed radio station broadcasting in Turkish for a full 24hr period outside Turkey and Northern Cyprus.
Coverage extends over most of the London Boroughs where large numbers of Turkish and Turkish speaking communities reside. According to Ofcom (Office of Communications), LTR has over 80,000 listeners in the London Borough of Haringey alone. LTR's licence was re-awarded in November 2002 and commenced running in August 2003 until 2011.