CNN Türk

CNN Türk is a Turkish pay television news channel, launched on 11 October 1999 as the localised variant of American channel CNN. It broadcasts exclusively for Turkey and it is owned by the WarnerMedia News & Sports and Demirören Group. Its headquarters are in Istanbul.

CNN Türk
Launched11 October 1999 (1999-10-11)
Owned byDemirören Group (50%)
WarnerMedia News & Sports (50%)
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to 16:9 576i for the SDTV feed)
Broadcast areaTurkey
Sister channel(s)Kanal D, Dream TV
DigiturkChannel 42
D-SmartChannel 30
Turksat 3A11804 V 24444 5/6
Turksat Kablo TVS22
TeledünyaChannel 49
Kabel Deutschland (Germany)Channel 810 (SD)
Unitymedia (Germany)Channel 408 (SD)
Satellite radio
Turksat 3A11804 V 24444 5/6
TivibuChannel 59
Streaming media
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Notable anchors


CNN Türk was one of the Turkish news channels which were criticised for not covering the Gezi Park protests. On June 2, 2013 at 1:00am, CNN Türk was broadcasting a documentary on penguins while CNN International was showing live coverage of the protests in Turkey.[1]

"[On the afternoon of Friday, May 31, 2013] CNN Turk was broadcasting a food show, featuring the “flavors of Niğde.” Other major Turkish news channels were showing a dance contest and a roundtable on study-abroad programs. It was a classic case of the revolution not being televised. The whole country seemed to be experiencing a cognitive disconnect, with Twitter saying one thing, the government saying another, and the television off on another planet."[2]

In 2014, it showed a documentary on bees as Turkish Kurds undertook major protests about Ankara's refusal to support Kurdish fighters battling Islamic State in Kobanê.[3]

On 15 July 2016, CNN Turk was forced to shut down by soldiers during the 2016 Turkish coup attempt.[4]


  1. Fleishman, Cooper (June 2, 2013). "CNN-Turk airs penguin documentary during Istanbul riots". Retrieved June 3, 2013.
  2. The New Yorker, 1 June 2013, Occupy Gezi: Police Against Protesters in Istanbul
  3. Cockburn, Patrick (2014). "Whose side is Turkey on?". London Review of Books. 36 (21): 8–10. Retrieved 1 November 2014.
  4. CNN, Euan McKirdy. "Watch CNN Turk's final moments on air before soldiers shut it down". CNN. Retrieved 2017-07-13.
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