Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT)
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.