The Young Turks
|The Young Turks|
|Also known as||TYT|
|Created by||Cenk Uygur
|Directed by||Jesus Godoy
|Presented by||Cenk Uygur
Ben Mankiewicz (2002–2007)
Jill Pike (2002–2007)
Ana Kasparian (2008–present)
|Executive producer(s)||Cenk Uygur
|Location(s)||Culver City, California|
|Running time||120 minutes and post-game show|
|Original network||Sirius Satellite Radio (2002–2009, 2009–2010)
|Original release||February 14, 2002– present|
The Young Turks (TYT) is an American political commentary web series hosted by journalist Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian. Its stance is liberal/progressive/left-wing. It began as a radio program in 2002 on Sirius Satellite Radio and later on Air America, before airing in 2005 on YouTube and later on Roku and Hulu.
It has spawned two spin-off television series, Current TV's The Young Turks with Cenk Uygur (2011–2013) and Fusion's upcoming series (2016). It has also spawned a multi-channel network of associated web series known as the TYT Network. A documentary was produced about The Young Turks entitled Mad As Hell in 2014.
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The Young Turks live streams for two hours. The first hour focuses on American politics, foreign policy, and breaking news and is hosted by Cenk Uygur. The second hour provides social commentary on a wide range of topics both domestic and foreign and is hosted by Ana Kasparian along with Cenk Uygur. In the post-game show, Cenk and Ana discuss their personal lives. Issues that the show focuses on include the influence of money in politics, drug policy, social security, the privatization of public services, climate change, the influence of religion, abortion and reproductive rights, and sexual morality.
Cenk has regular bits and on-air interaction with others who create and run the show: Jesús Godoy, Dave Koller, Jayar Jackson, Steve Oh, and others.
Every Friday, The Young Turks features a panel of guests from the worlds of politics, journalism, pop culture, sports, and comedy. It is led by John Iadarola and Cenk Uygur in the first hour and Ana in the second hour. Other fill in hosts and recurring guests include: Ben Mankiewicz, John Iadarola, Jimmy Dore, Brian Unger, Hannah Cranston, Hasan Piker, Becca Frucht, Brett Erlich, Wes Clark Jr, Michael Shure, Cara Santa Maria, RJ Eskow, Dave Rubin, Gina Grad and Kim Horcher.
Politically, The Young Turks is liberal/progressive. Cenk Uygur describes himself as an "independent progressive" and asserts that the show is aimed at the "98 per cent 'not in power'" and what he describes as the 60% of Americans who hold progressive views.
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The Young Turks original studio was Cenk Uygur's living room but after the show started to get a few staff members they moved to a small office in LA . When Current TV broadcast the live show they were given a large studio in LA which they had to leave after Current TV was sold.
In 2013, The Young Turks production staff relocated for a time to temporary studio quarters in Los Angeles at YouTube Space LA. They moved to new studio facilities in Los Angeles late 2013 and completed their new studio in June, 2015.
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The Young Turks as a show began when Cenk Uygur started a talk show similar to 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 as a radio show in 2002 on Sirius Satellite Radio. 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. The term "Young Turks" also refers to an early 20th-century Ottoman youth movement known for orchestrating the Armenian Genocide.
In 2005 the show received attention for its 99-hour "Live On Air Filibuster," conducted during Congressional hearings for 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.
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 that was 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. Their program was filled by an extra hour of Bill Press. The show returned to XM/Sirius on March 16, 2009. 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.
In August 2007, Mankiewicz left the show to move to a new television show for TMZ. At roughly the same time, Pike left to pursue a job in Washington, D.C. Ana Kasparian, then an intern, was hired to do pop-culture segments. Mankiewicz eventually returned to The Young Turks as a regular correspondent.
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 2.9 million subscribers and generates 50 million monthly views. The network is among the few channels to generate more than 1 billion views since launching on YouTube. Since there is not 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. Their intent 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 planning also to launch native apps for iOS and Android in the near future. Its representatives are speaking with other media platforms about expanding its programming.
In April 2014 The Young Turks launched on Hulu as a channel. TYT released “The Young Turks,” a condensed 30-minute version of TYT’s self-titled two-hour daily show, as well as a 30-minute weekly version of its daily pop-culture show “PopTrigger,” with other shows being added shortly after. Steve Oh was quoted as saying “As TYT Network has grown from a single show to an entire network, we've consistently found ways to bring our shows to more people”. “We’ve long admired Hulu as a leader of online video and both parties saw an opportunity to bring digitally-native politics and pop culture talk shows to Hulu’s audience.” Oh also stated that the company is pitching shows to cable but have no plans for a return of a show or a show like the one formerly aired on Current TV.
As of August 2013, TYT had approximately 4,000 paying subscribers online. That number had reportedly increased to more than 10,000 by the spring of 2016. The website’s yearly revenue was roughly US$3 million in 2013. According to Cenk Uygur, "about a third of the revenue comes from subscriptions, and the rest comes from YouTube ads." The company has 30 employees. In 2014 the company received a US$4 million investment from Roemer, Robinson, Melville & Co., LLC, a private equity firm led by former Louisiana Governor Buddy Roemer.
The Young Turks claims to be "the world's largest online news show" based on the TYT main channel's YouTube views. On 20 April 2013 The Young Turks announced that their YouTube channel had received over 1 billion video views. On July 14, 2014, TYT announced that the TYT Network had hit 2 billion video views. YouTube video views for the TYT Network stood at a total of 2 billion as of July 2014. Their YouTube channel averaged 750,000 views a day in April 2012, and by November 2014 over 1,400,000 views a day.
The Independent described it as "the most-watched online news show in the world." Writing for US News, Paul Bedard described TYT as "the loudly liberal counter to the right-leaning presets on my Sirius Satellite Radio."
The Young Turks has won and been nominated for numerous awards. It won in the Political category at the Podcast Awards in 2009. It won in the Best Political News Site category at the Mashable Open Web Awards in 2009. It was nominated in the Best News or Political Web Series and Audience Choice Award for Best Web Series categories at the Streamy Awards in 2010. It won in the News category at the Shorty Awards in 2011. It won in the News and Political Series category at the Webby Awards in 2011. It won in the Best Video Podcast category at the Podcast Awards in 2012. It was nominated in the Best News and Culture Series and Audience Choice Award for Series of the Year categories at the Streamy Awards in 2013. It won in the News and Culture category at the Streamy Awards in 2015.
Spin-off television series
The Young Turks with Cenk Uygur
The hour-long program aired on Current TV from December 5, 2011 to August 15, 2013. It was created by Cenk Uygur and presented by Cenk Uygur, Ana Kasparian, Ben Mankiewicz, Michael Shure, Brian Unger, Wes Clark, Jr. and RJ Eskow. It was executively produced by Cenk Uygur and Dave Koller and produced by Jesus Godoy, Jayar Jackson and Mark Register. It was filmed in Culver City, Los Angeles.
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. Al Jazeera reorganized the channel into the new Al Jazeera America network and discontinued TYT, which continued to August, 2013. The show on Current ended on August 15, 2013. Al Jazeera America planned to build a news source with a more neutral tone.
Current TV (television carrier for TYT 2011–2013) described TYT as "a group of progressive, outspoken journalists and commentators discussing politics and pop culture" and founder Cenk Uygur as bringing a, "uniquely progressive and topical commentary about politics and pop culture."
In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Uygur commented that since the TV show was discontinued, he was relieved to move on and focus on his web show and site. He said he had been "exhausted from doing the two shows at once." As he believes that the future of media is online, he is glad to put his energies there. Uygur also noted that he talked with Al Jazeera America after they bought Current and they mutually decided that the show would not continue due to Al Jazeera America's more neutral tone. However, members of The Young Turks, such as Michael Shure (as a political and general assignment contributor), Cara Santa Maria (part of TechKnow) and Ben Mankiewicz (as a movie critic), regularly appeared on Al Jazeera America. The Young Turks also have a partnership with Al Jazeera's digital channel AJ+.
A weekly, hour-long show will premiere on Fusion on September 5, 2016 and run for twelve weeks. Hosted by Ana Kasparian and John Iadarola, it will travel around the country covering the 2016 United States presidential election. The show will also feature Cenk Uygur, Jimmy Dore, Ben Mankiewicz, Hannah Cranston, Hasan Piker and Kim Horcher along with Fusion reporters and celebrity guest hosts. It will be broadcast from college campuses in front of a live audience. The show is modelled on ESPN's College GameDay.
The Young Turks has spawned a multi-channel network of associated web series known as the TYT Network.
Some shows are produced in-house. What the Flick?!, a film critic show, began in 2010 hosted by Ben Mankiewicz, Christy Lemire, Matt Atchity and Alonso Duralde. TYT Sports began in 2011 hosted by Cenk Uygur, Jayar Jackson, and Ben Mankiewicz, until it was later hosted by Rick Strom and until 2014 when it was hosted by Jason Rubin and Francis Maxwell. TYT University ran from 2011 to 2014 until it was rebranded as ThinkTank hosted by John Iadarola and Hannah Cranston and it deals with new facts and discoveries, new perspectives, learning more about the world and the people around you. The Point is a current affairs panel show hosted by Ana Kasparian that began in 2011. Pop Trigger is a infotainment show hosted by Samantha Schacher and Brett Erlich that provides intelligent conversation on pop culture news. Nerd Alert is a show that focuses on news about technology, gaming, movies and online geek culture hosted by Kim Horcher that spun off from TYT University. The Rubin Report began as a comedy and current events panel show hosted by Dave Rubin in 2013 but it moved in 2015 to RYOT News and later to Ora TV. Styleogue is a fashion and lifestyle show dedicated to affordable fashion. TYT Politics on the road with reporter Jordan Chariton covering the 2016 United States presidential election TYT Interviews are interviews conducted by Cenk Uygur.
Other shows are not produced in-house. The Majority Report is a news and politics show hosted by Sam Seder. The David Pakman Show is a political and current events radio show hosted by David Pakman that began in 2005 and was affiliated from 2012 to 2015. The Jimmy Dore Show is hosted by stand-up comedian Jimmy Dore that began in 2009. The Richard Fowler Show is a weekly political talk show hosted by Richard A. Fowler. Secular Talk by Kyle Kulinski is a show and it also broadcasts on other online networks . The Resistance Report is hosted by Dennis Trainor Jr. Absurdity Today is news satire hosted by Juliana Forlano. The Undercurrent hosted by Lauren Windsor, covers a broad variety of topics deeply, and includes interviews with politicians, media figures and opinion makers, as well as documentaries. The Lip TV is a show where experts speak live and unscripted. Truth Mashup is a weekly Canadian comedy show. Bree Essrig is a former cohost of Pop Trigger. Ron Placone is a comedian and media activist.
Some shows were short-lived and are now discontinued. thetopvlog was a series of vlogs by liberal political commentators that TYT helped launch in June 2010. twenTYTwelve was launched in October 2011 hosted by Michael Shure and focused on 2012 United States elections. TYT Now was hosted by columnist Tina Dupuy and Tim Mihalsky and ran from May to August 2011. WMB was hosted by Ben Mankiewicz, Michael Shure and Wes Clark Jr. and ran from May to June 2011. Reality Bites Back was a reality-television-focused review series hosted by Jacki Bray and Misty Kingma and ran from May to July 2011.
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