Make way for a new wave of Turkish dramas, with more compressed storylines and greater edge.Though free TV still dominates in Turkey, where OTT is just a complement to pay-TV — which has a 27.5% penetration — two innovative high-end dramas, “Masum” (Innocent) and “Phi,” produced respectively for local streaming services BluTV and Puhu TV, will be launched as the big Turkish TV novelty at MipTV.“Innocent,” a 50-minute crimer about a retired cop forced to contend with a murder involving...
Dogan Group is comprised of five national newspapers and three national TV stations, plus magazines and radio stations. Dogan’s TV networks include Kanal D, which rapidly rose in the ratings following its 1993 launch and has since managed to consistently rank among the country’s top three networks. Kanal D has been instrumental to driving the Turkish TV boom, thanks to shows such as female empowerment drama “Fatmagul,” an international megahit and one of the country’s most successful drama series ever.
Led first by its founder, and subsequently by his daughter Arzuhan Yalcindag, the Dogan Group has basically become Turkey’s leading TV entertainment content company. They are also a big TV news provider thanks in part to their 50/50 joint venture with AOL Time Warner, which led to the launch of CNN Turk.
Dogan’s company and its news outlets have repeatedly clashed with Turkey’s government, which the watchdog organization Freedom House has accused of “intense harassment” of journalists. In 2009, Turkey’s government slapped Dogan Holding with a $2.5 billion fine for unpaid taxes, which was reduced to about $700 million following an appeal by the company. In early 2016, Aydin Dogan was indicted by a Turkish prosecutor for allegedly participating in a fuel-smuggling scheme. A Dogan spokesperson has called the charges absurd and characterized them as a political witch hunt in response to its occasionally unfavorable news coverage.