The welcome for the new TRT Arabic channel is a result of, among other things, a shared cuisine.

Posted: 18 Apr 2010   Print   Send a link
Al-Ahram Weekly, 15 April 2010, Amira Howeidy: "Turkey follows Russia, France, Germany, the US and UK, all of which have launched Arabic TV channels to address the Arab world's population of 350 million. Yet the welcome TRT has received here sets it apart from the others. That welcome is a result of a complex interplay of factors, not least a shared history and religious beliefs, and, of course, a shared cuisine. It is no wonder that in the past two years Turkish dramas (dubbed by Syrian actors) have become instant hits across the Arab world. Dozens of Arabic satellite stations -- including Egyptian TV -- have purchased the broadcasting rights of Turkish soap operas to meet popular demand. Since its launch TRT's content has been more drama and entertainment focussed, with an abundance of promotional tourism clips. Its morning show, broadcast from Istanbul, is hosted by an Egyptian female presenter supplemented by co-hosts at TRT's Cairo and Beirut offices. There are plans that it should eventually include air-time from the Palestinian territories. The channel currently broadcasts only one news bulletin in the evening, but according to [channel director Safar] Toran there will be more news in the future." -- This article never refers to the channel by its name, TRT Al-Turkiye. Since its launch, news coverage about TRT Al-Turkiye (at least in English) has gone rather quiet. Also, I can't find a website for the channel. There is, but it does not seem specific to the television effort. See previous post about same subject.
Foreign Policy, 15 April 2010, Nadia Bilbassy-Charters: "Four-hundred years after a nasty occupation of Arab land by the forefathers of these young Turks, the Arab world is embracing Turkey, opening its living rooms and flocking around their television sets to watch over 140 episodes of second-rate Turkish soap operas that don't even do well in Turkey itself."