Turkish media is reporting that Turkey’s state broadcaster, which also operates in the West, has reported a budget of 7.2 billion lira (about 1 billion dollars) for the period 2017–2019. According to the Sözcü report:
January 24, 2021 TRT published activity reports for 2017, 2018 and 2019 on its website simultaneously. Accordingly, the money given to TRT by deducting from the its expenses and the products purchased by the citizenry was 7.2 billion lira over three years. TRT argued that the money it received was low compared to other countries. Turkey Radio and Television Corporation (TRT), which was founded in 1964 to carry out radio and television broadcasts on behalf of the state, did not share its annual reports with the public for 3 years. [Google translated with edits]
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The Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT) operates TRT World, a news channel founded in 2015 to deliver Turkey’s positions on world events and to rival channels like major news channels like CNN and BBC. TRT World’s chairman is a former classmate of Turkish President Erdoğan’s son, Bilal. After the 2016 Turkish coup, the Turkish government purged journalists from TRT, and TRT World employees have said they were pressured to take the government’s position on the coup, blaming Pennsylvania-based cleric Fethullah Gülen. TRT has offices in Eurasia, the Middle East, as well as in Germany, Belgium, the UK, and the US, where it has had to formally register itself as an agent of a foreign government.
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