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and six regional radio channels. Television broadcasting is done in 15 languages while radio broadcasting is conducted in 32 languages.

“TRT’s vision, in recent years, involves global aims,” says Mr Şahin. “TRT wants to introduce Turkey to the world and introduce the world to Turkey by sharing its experiences with international organi- sations.”

Annually, TRT hosts events that draw global participation. These include the TRT Documentary Awards and International Children’s Festival (see page 45).

TRT cooperates with many international insti- tutions for news and programme exchange, co-productions, and to secure broadcasting rights and new technologies. It also has membership

in major organisations such as the ABU, European Broadcasting Union and International Telecommunication Union.

TRT is one of the biggest partners of Euronews, a leading news channel in Europe. Euronews began broadcasting in Turkish in 2010 shortly after TRT secured a 15.7 percent stake in the international multilingual news channel.

Since 2004, TRT has been an active member of Asiavision, the ABU’s daily news exchange. TRT’s membership with the ABU dates back to 1964, the year the union was established. Since 2001, TRT has held a position on the union’s Administrative Council, which governs the ABU. TRT was elected to the council for a fourth term in January 2010.

Public broadcasting prioritised

Despite its rapid growth and the huge changes it has experienced, TRT has never lost sight of its role as a

İbrahim Şahin, TRT’s Director General. public service broadcaster.

In this spirit, Mr Şahin says the state broadcaster launched a children’s channel, TRT-Çocuk (TRT Children), to complement TRT Okul (TRT School), which started broadcasting educational programmes in 2011.

“We also launched channels that broadcast to audiences who live in areas which have close ties with Turkey. We reach people in the Arabic-

speaking world with TRT- Ettürkiye, the people in the Central Asian republics with TRT Avaz, and the people in the Kurdish- speaking regions with TRT-6.”

For Turkish citizens living abroad, TRT Türk was launched to enable them to stay connected with their native country.

To give the people what they want, TRT has to monitor the pulse of the nation closely.

“Turkish people are very dynamic. Their expectations of pro- grammes may change rapidly,” Mr Şahin says.

“It is essential for us to reflect the national values and priorities of Turkey in our television and radio programmes. We try to support most of the social projects in our country.”

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