Turkish television station Natural TV has launched in 22 African countries.
The channel was set up to promote Turkish culture in Africa and features content including animation, news, health, music, movies and Turkish drama series.
Natural TV broadcasts around the clock in both English and French and reaches about five million homes. The channel’s presenters consist of young people from Rwanda, Ghana and Nigeria.
Natural TV CEO Tuncay Demir said Turkey was interested in opening up the African market, where it sees major opportunities. “We thought, ‘Why does this opening up not have a media aspect?’ And one-and-a-half years ago we founded Natural TV,” he said.
“There is a big educated African population in Turkey. When we started broadcasting, we met Africans who are doing their PhDs here, are business people or are receiving a medical education. In time, the number of our staff increased and we also started receiving ideas from them.” Eventually the channel aims to broadcast in local languages, he added.
Natural TV covers several West African countries including Ghana, Nigeria and Senegal and broadcasts via satellite on Astra 2G on 11095.000 Mhz.
Celebrated broadcast journalist and former Arise Daily news anchor Sulaiman Aledeh is returning to TV with a political talkshow, titled Political Stew.
The move comes months after Aledeh left Arise and launched his own online news platform, Aledeh.com.
The show, which will focus on political issues in Nigeria, will air on Television Continental (TVC), although a premiere date is yet to be announced.
The show is expected to set the pace for political discourse ahead of the 2019 general election. According to Aledeh: “It will stand out from other political shows. We won’t be biased, we will not gag anyone, yet we will be firm.
“We are setting standards with some of the finest hands in the industry. For every guest we bring, the viewer must get quality for time spent watching.
“The presentation style will be fluid, breezy and sometimes tastily spiced. So, when you’re looking for those who haven’t been on any television show before, you’ll find them on Political Stew.”
Prior to joining Arise TV in 2017, Aledeh anchored various political programmes on Channels TV, where he worked for eight years as a news anchor, producer and co-host of Sunrise Daily.