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Turkish Radio and Television Corporation

Türkiye Radyo Televizyon Kurumu
Type Television stations-
Radio stations
Country Turkey
Availability National
Owner TRT (Türkiye Radyo Televizyon Kurumu)
Launch date
May 1, 1964 (radio, as TRT)
January 31, 1968 (TV)
Official website

The Turkish Radio and Television Corporation, also known as TRT (Turkish: Türkiye Radyo ve Televizyon Kurumu), is the national public broadcaster of Turkey and was founded in 1964. Around 70% of TRT's funding comes from a tax levied on electricity bills and a sales tax on television and radio receivers. As these are hypothecated taxes, as opposed to the money coming from general government funds, the principle is similar to that of the television licence levied in a number of other countries. The rest of TRT's funding comes from government grants (around 20%), with the final 10% coming from advertising.[1]

Affectionately known to local consumers as the "School", it was for many years the only television and radio provider in Turkey. Before the introduction of commercial radio in 1990, and subsequently commercial television in 1992, it held a monopoly on broadcasting. More recent deregulation of the Turkish television broadcasting market produced analogue cable television. Today, TRT broadcasts around the world, especially in Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia.

TRT's predecessor, "Türkiye Radyoları" was one of 23 founding broadcasting organisations of the European Broadcasting Union in 1950; it would return to the EBU fold as TRT in 1972. The original company started radio test broadcasts in 1926, with a studio built in Istanbul in 1927 and a studio in Ankara following in 1928.

It organized the Eurovision Song Contest 2004.


Test transmissions started on TRT 1 on January 31, 1968. A full national television schedule, which at that time linked the areas in and around Ankara, Istanbul, and Izmir, started in December 1971.[2] TRT renewed its membership in the European Broadcasting Union (having been a founding member previously offering only radio) starting on August 26, 1972, with Turkey's first Eurovision Network event, a football match (Turkey vs. Italy), airing across Europe on January 13, 1973.[2] TRT also joined the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union in 1976, the same year their first color television test was showcased via laboratory at the general assembly of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference.[2]

All programming was in black and white from the start of test transmissions in 1968 until the New Year's Eve programming on December 31, 1981, when the first on-air color tests started.[3] The entire lineup switched to color on March 15, 1984.[3]

On May 19, 2012 TRT 1 HD started simulcasting with TRT 1 upscaled to full HD 16:9 DVB-S2 standard.

Television channels

TRT's headquarters in Ankara.

All television channels can be watched via Turksat satellite in Europe in Asia and terrestrial in Turkey and neighboring countries. Some of them are also found on cable TV systems.


  • TRT 1 (launched January 1968) - General entertainment channel with a broad schedule featuring local and foreign series, Turkish and Hollywood cinema, live shows with Turkish folk music, Turkish classical music and pop music, live sport, news & current affairs plus special events such as the Eurovision Song Contest.
  • TRT Haber (launched September 1986 ) - News and current affairs, sports news and weather.
  • TRT Spor (launched October 1989 ) - Live and archive sport including Formula 1, World and European Figure Skating Championships, World and European Athletics Championships, Turkish Women's Volleyball league, U18 Basketball plus feature programmes. When parliament is in session, TRT 3 relays live coverage of the Turkish Grand National Assembly (TBMM-TV).
  • TRT Çocuk (launched November 2008) - Children's programming, animated programmes and educational programmes. The station timeshares for most of the day with TRT Okul, which signs on in the primetime hours.
  • TRT Anadolu (launched May 2009) - Broadcasting with regional TV channels of Turkey.
  • TRT 6 (launched January 2009) - Channel in Kurdish language.
  • TRT el Türkiye (launched April 2010) - Broadcasts 24 hours a day in Arabic language with programs aimed at Arabs in Turkey, as well as the wider Arab world and Middle East.
  • TRT Müzik (launched November 2009) - 24 hour music channel with Turkish folk and classical music. It also airs pop, rock, jazz & ethnic music.
  • TRT Belgesel (launched November 2009) - 24 hour documentary channel.
  • TRT Okul (launched January 31, 2011) - 24-hour educational channel.
  • TRT HD (launched May 2010) - High definition television channel of TRT broadcasting several programmes from the other TRT channels in HD format.
  • TRT 4K (launched February 2015) - Ultra HD television channel of TRT. This is the first 4K television channel in Turkey. [4]


  • TRT Türk (16:9, not encoded in DVB signal) (formerly known as TRT INT) - International news, current affairs, documentaries and cultural programming aimed at both Turks and Turkish speaking audience living abroad. It's the first TRT channel to make extensive use of a private production company for news programming.
  • TRT Avaz (formerly known as TRT Türk) (launched March 2009) - International channel aimed at the Turkic republics and Turks living in the Balkans. The channel has a focus on entertainment and documentaries as opposed to TRT Türk's new focus on news. Programmes are broadcast in a mixture of languages including Turkish, Azeri, Kazak, Uzbek and Turkmen.

Minority languages

TRT has a special TV channel for Kurdish that broadcasts on a 24 hour / 7day basis called TRT 6 and other TV and Radio stations that broadcast programmes in the local languages and dialects like Armenian, Arabic, Bosnian and Circassian a few hours a week.[5][6]

Another special TV channel aimed at the Turkic world, TRT Avaz was launched on 21 March 2009 and broadcasts in the Azeri, Bosnian, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Uzbek and Turkmen languages; while the TRT Arabic television channel started broadcasting on 4 April 2010.[7]

Teletext and EPG

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TRT Avaz announcer who interviewed during the 2014 state elections in Austria.

TRT started teletext trial-runs with the name “Telegün” on December 3, 1990. Only 7 from 10 channels are broadcasting the teletext: TRT 1, TRT 2, TRT 3/TRT Gap, TRT 4/TRT Çocuk, TRT TÜRK and TRT Avaz. An online interface is available (see External links at the end of this article). 6 channels are also broadcasting their programs with the Electronic program guide (EPG).


In January 2008, TRT celebrated their 40th anniversary. All TRT channels broadcast the old idents and news studio (Still being modern logo). Each day new idents were made. This event also happened in 1978, 1988 and 1998. In 2018 they will have the bigger 50th anniversary celebration.

Closing and opening times throughout the years

  • 31 January 1968 TRT 1 launched at 19:15 and closed at 20:51
  • 1970 TRT 1 launched at 19:00 and closed at 22:00
  • 1975 TRT 1 weeknights launched at 19:00 and closed at 23:00 and weekends launched at 18:00 and closed at midnight
  • 1981 TRT 1 weeknights launched at 19:45 and closed at 23:00, Saturdays launched at 17:00 and closed at 23:40 and Sundays launched at 10am and closed at 23:00
  • 1984 TRT 1 weeknights launched at 19:00 and closed at 23:00, Saturdays launched at 17:30 and closed at midnight and Sundays launched at 14:00 and closed at midnight
  • 1986 TRT 1 close at midnight, TRT 2 at 23:30
  • 1987 TRT 1 and TRT 2 close at 23:30
  • 1988 TRT 1 close at 1am, TRT 2 at midnight
  • 1989 TRT 1 close at 1am, TRT 2 and TRT 3 at midnight
  • 1990 TRT 1 close at 1am, TRT 2 and TRT 3 at midnight, TRT 4 at 23:30
  • 1992 TRT 1 close at 2am, TRT 2 at 1am, TRT 3 at midnight, TRT 4 at 23:30
  • 1993 TRT 2 at 1am, TRT 3 at midnight, TRT 4 at 23:30
  • 1997 TRT 1 and 2 close at 2am, TRT 3 and 4 at midnight
  • 2002 TRT 1 & 2 open 24/7. 3 and 4 open 7:00-0:30
  • Since 2010 all channels 24/7 (TRT 4/TRT Çocuk(4th channel of TRT) and TRT GAP/TRT Spor/TBMM-TV(3rd channel of TRT) couples are exception but in whole couples they broadcast 24/7 too.)

Radio channels

TRT Radio Istanbul headquarters in Harbiye, Şişli, Istanbul
  • Radyo 1 (launched on May 1927) - spoken-word programmes including culture, arts, drama, news, science, society, education and history
  • TRT FM (formerly Radyo 2, launched January 1975) - A mixture of Turkish pop, folk and classical music, foreign pop, call ins, news and travel information
  • Radyo 3 (launched on January 1975) - Classical music, jazz, world music, foreign pop & rock
  • Radyo 4 (launched on October 1987) - Turkish classical and Turkish folk music
  • Radyo 6 (launched on 2009) - Broadcasting in Kurdish language for Kurds in Turkey
  • TRT Nağme - Turkish classical music
  • TRT Avrupa FM - Broadcasting for Turks in Europe
  • TRT Türkü - Turkish folk music and türkü
  • Voice of Turkey (launched December 1982) - Broadcasting with 26 different languages and around the World.

Regional channels

Urban Radio channels

See also


  1. ^ EU Monitoring and Advocacy Program - Television across Europe. Turkey
  2. ^ a b c "?" (PDF). 
  3. ^ a b Historical Background of radio and television broadcasting in Turkey
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  5. ^ Turkish Directorate General of Press and Information (2003). "Historical background of radio and television broadcasting in Turkey". Turkish Prime Minister's Office. Archived from the original on 2006-08-30. Retrieved 2006-08-10. 
  6. ^ Nasuhi Güngör (2009). "Kurdish TRT". Zaman. Retrieved 2009-02-25. 
  7. ^ "TRT Arapça Bugün Açılıyor". 2011-01-13. Archived from the original on 2010-04-07. Retrieved 2012-11-04. 

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