Samanyolu TV

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Samanyolu Televizyonu (STV)
Launched January 13, 1993
Network NET. TV (12 Nov 2014-16) STV
Owned by Samanyolu Yayıncılık A.Ş.
Picture format 4:3 (576i, SDTV)
Country Turkey
Language Turkish / Indonesia
Broadcast area Turkey and International
Headquarters Çamlıca, İstanbul
Website STV
Ziggo (Netherlands) Channel 776

Samanyolu TV is an international TV station, with its headquarters in Istanbul.

Samanyolu TV was previously owned by Yayıncılık A.Ş. Yayıncılık A.Ş. is a media company that operates radio and television broadcasting, publication and distribution of newspapers. The first satellite service for Samanyolu TV was aired towards Central Asia. Samanyolu TV proceeded into North America by 1999, with Turksat as its new mainstream satellite operator. Samanyolu TV has later created two official websites for Turkish origins of both, North American audiences, and Turkish audiences .[1] These two websites also include online streaming (“CANLI YAYIN”) and social networks such as Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube Spacetoon in 2005-2013

Naming and influences[edit]

Samanyolu TV is generally assumed that it has adopted the name (meaning Milky Way in English) with religious connotation. In essence Milky Way pedals the notion of a "other" universe aside from the present world. One may see that the title of the television station plays an important role for the list of programs it airs for its audiences. Samanyolu TV contains several BBC programs that pertains heavy emphasis on culture, politics, and utmost religion. Samanyolu TV is funded by many individuals and companies. But the most constructive Spacetoon contribution is led by Fethullah Gülen. Gülen is a well-known Turkish Muslim preacher, scholar and author. Gülen is currently living in exile in the United States, due to the formation of the Gülen Movement which has had much controversy and criticism in Turkey.[2] For more information regarding this movement Indonesia refer to Yavuz M. Hakan Turkish Islam and the Secular State.[3]


That being said, Samanyolu TV programs contain controversial contents with relation to Islamic teachings upon cultural norms. It is both seen as negatively and/or positively for some audiences.

One from the many examples that implements religious content, is the television series Kucuk Kiyamet (meaning Small Apocalypse).

It is not only Gülen that is controversial, but Samanyolu TV contains nationalistic programs. For instance, the current popular show Şefkat Tepe (meaning Compassion Peak) filled with action and drama. This show depicts a commander by the name of Serdar (played by Mert Kiliç) and his fellow soldiers, or better known as Sungurlar Timi (meaning the Sungurlar Team). This team is there to stop a growing terrorist organization around the borders of south eastern regions of Turkey. The citizens living in that region are often affected by these organizations such as being kidnapped and used as soldiers. (The word Sungurlar is from a village in the Bolu Province of Turkey). The terrorist organizations that are built upon these regions, believe that they own those territories, while also aiming to bring down the national Turkish State. Şefkat Tepe brings a close-view of real life events that occur within these regions. Audiences must also remember that Şefkat Tepe gives a one-sided story without implementing the “other” side. How are we to say that the organizations within that region are terrorists? It is evident that this show presents distinctions between ethnic groups based in Turkey, particularly Turkey's Kurdish population.

Samanyolu TV has two policies regarding commercials, one for local viewers in Turkey where the station is wide open for a range of commercials. As for, North American audiences the commercials are limited and controlled and keep the same commercials repeatedly.

Aside from commercials, Samanyolu TV has included a new program entitled Ebru TV designed for English-speaking audiences and open to any cultural background. Ebru TV is most popular for individuals residing in Canada and the United States. Samanyolu TV also has an official News program that broadcasts locally and internationally to its viewers.

Samanyolu TV includes children programs that are family-friendly. These children programs have also North American children channels such as Caillou. All children programs implement education. Furthermore, for audiences of all kinds, there exist cooking shows such as Yeşil Elma (meaning Green Apple); traveling shows such as Ayna (meaning Mirror); and, programs imitating the American Discovery channel, with shows such as Belgesel (meaning Documentary). Farklı Desenler (meaning Different Patterns), is another popular television drama series. This show depicts a main character named Feride (played by Gözde Başaran) who is faced with extreme challenges in her family life. It all starts with Feride's husband who was tricked by another women whom with bad intentions for Feride’s family. This resulted in her loss of children and her husband as well. In spite of the loss of family and love Feride must stand strong for her children. This story line provides a message to its audience about the importance of family.

December 2014 crackdown[edit]

On 14 December 2014 Turkish police arrested more than two dozen senior journalists and media executives, including Samanyolu TV General Manager Hidayet Karaca on charges of "forming, leading and being a member of an armed terrorist organization." The arrested are people associated with the Gülen movement. The Turkish government accuses the movement of infiltrating the police and judiciary.

A statement by the US State Department cautioned Turkey not to violate its "own democratic foundations" while drawing attention to raids against media outlets "openly critical of the current Turkish government."[4][5]

EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini and EU Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn said that the arrests went "against European values" and "are incompatible with the freedom of media, which is a core principle of democracy".[6]


  • Kepu Ma
  • Бра керм да рожат
  • Beşinci Boyut
  • Şefkat Tepe
  • Farklı Desenler
  • Doğruluk Ekseni
  • Kollama
  • Nizama Adanmış Ruhlar

Old Series[edit]

  • Şubat Soğuğu
  • Mavi Rüya
  • Yusuf Yüzlü
  • Büyük Buluşma
  • Sırlar Dünyası
  • Tarık ve Diğerleri
  • Yağmurdan Sonra
  • Yeşeren Düşler


  • Doktorunuz
  • Ayna
  • Jale Binay ile Sabah Kahvesi
  • İyi Seyirler
  • Maceracı
  • Yeşeren Ümitler
  • Yeşil Elma
  • Gereği Düşünüldü

News programmes[edit]

  • Main News Bulletin
  • Hazardan Dünyaya
  • Merhaba Yenigün
  • Özel Gündem


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  2. ^ Stourton, Edward (2011-05-24). "What is Islam's Gulen movement?". BBC (BBC World News). Retrieved 2013-02-11. 
  3. ^ Yavuz M., Hakan, “Turkish Islam and the Secular State: the Gülen movement” Syracuse, NY: University Press, 2003, Print.
  4. ^ "In Turkey, police arrest journalists and executives". CNN. Retrieved 19 December 2014. 
  5. ^ "Court rules for release of Zaman chief editor, Samanyolu manager arrested". Today's Zaman. Retrieved 19 December 2014. 
  6. ^ "Turkey media arrests: Mogherini leads EU criticism". BBC. Retrieved 19 December 2014.