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TRT World is a 24-hour international English-language news channel based in Istanbul, Turkey. It provides news and current affairs on television and online (including on mobile).

TRT World
TRT World logosu.png
Company logo
Launched May 18, 2015
(test broadcast)
30 June 2015; 3 years ago (2015-06-30)
Owned by Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT)
Picture format 16:9
Slogan Where News Inspires Change.
Language English
Headquarters Istanbul, Turkey
Türksat 3A (Turkey) 11054 V / 30000 / 3/4 (HD)
Astra 2G (UK) 11509 V / 23000 / 2/3 (HD)
Badr-4 (Middle East) 12073 H / 27500 / 3/4 (HD)
Astra 1L (Europe, North Africa) 11538 V / 22000 / 5/6 (HD)
Hot Bird 13B (Europe, Middle East, North Africa) 11566 H / 29900 / 3/4 (HD)
Eutelsat 7A (Turkey, Europe) 11668 V / 30000 / 5/6 (HD)
SES-5 (Africa) 12015 V / 29950 / 5/6 (HD)
Eutelsat 8 West B (Middle East) 10971 H / 27500 / 5/6 (HD)
Intelsat 21 (Americas) 4144 V / 3720 / 7/8 (HD / C-Band)
AsiaSat 7 (Asia) 4100 V / 29720 / 5/6 (HD / C-Band)
Foxtel (Australia) Channel 652 (SD)
Sky UK (UK & Ireland) Channel 516 (SD/HD)
Channel 881 (SD)
Streaming media Watch live

It is aimed at a worldwide audience and is broadcast via satellite, cable operators and across digital platforms[1]. In addition to its Istanbul headquarters, TRT World has broadcast centres in Washington D.C., London, and Singapore. TRT World is part of Turkey's public broadcaster, the Turkish Radio and Television Corporation, and is a member of the Association for International Broadcasting.


Notable staffEdit


In addition to those listed below, TRT World runs various once-off documentaries. Current programmes on the channel are:

  • Beyond the game

A daily sport show

  • Money Talks

A daily finance programme hosted by Azhar Sukri, featuring TRT World's Editor at Large, Craig Copetas with in-depth reports and analysis,

  • Roundtable

Hosted by David Foster. Roundtable is a discussion programme where guests debate the news.

  • Showcase

A daily arts and culture show.[2]

  • The Newsmakers

The Newsmakers, hosted by Imran Garda is TRT World’s flagship current affairs programme, featuring reports and interviews.

  • Compass

A monthly documentary series. Compass is an exploration of issues through art, culture and creativity. Presenter Elif Bereketli.


Awards and NominationsEdit

In 2017. TRT World was awarded 2 awards in the Google developer challenge for the News Quiz app designed for Google home devices.[3]

In 2018 TRT World was nominated in 5 categories at the Drum Online Media Awards

  • Social Media Team of the year[4]
  • Technology Leader of the year[5]
  • Breaking News Story of the year[6]
  • App of the year[7]
  • Technical Innovation of the year[8]


Since TRT World is a state broadcaster run by the Turkish government, some western commentators have argued that it is a "propaganda" channel aimed at persuading foreign viewers to be more amenable to the Turkish government.[9]

Following the 2016 Turkish coup attempt, some journalists who had recently joined the company resigned,[10][11]. One of those who resigned said: “I no longer hold out any hope that this channel will become what I wanted it to become (...) After the coup, it became very apparent that the channel had no intention of actually covering it properly, in a professional, international broadcast standard." The managing editor at the time said that he "never received a phone call from Ankara trying to frame the broadcast or give them talking points."[12]

Funding modelEdit

TRT World is publicly funded, similar to the way the BBC is financed, and as such accountable to the Turkish people and not their government. Its Leader of Digital Strategy, Riyaad Minty, said: “The thing I tell most people is simply to watch our screens and then decide for yourself.” He added how “Our content speaks for itself — and if there is something that doesn’t work, tell us about it.”[13]


  1. ^ "Connect - TRT World". Connect - TRT World (in Turkish). Retrieved 2018-04-22. 
  2. ^ "In TRT World's 'Showcase,' arts coverage goes global". DailySabah. Retrieved 2017-07-21. 
  3. ^ "Actions on Google |  Actions on Google | Google Developers". Google Developers. Retrieved 2018-04-22. 
  4. ^ emma.mercer_717 (2017-10-31). "Online Media Awards 2018". The Drum Awards. Retrieved 2018-04-22. 
  5. ^ emma.mercer_717 (2017-10-31). "Online Media Awards 2018". The Drum Awards. Retrieved 2018-04-22. 
  6. ^ emma.mercer_717 (2017-10-31). "Online Media Awards 2018". The Drum Awards. Retrieved 2018-04-22. 
  7. ^ emma.mercer_717 (2017-10-31). "Online Media Awards 2018". The Drum Awards. Retrieved 2018-04-22. 
  8. ^ emma.mercer_717 (2017-10-31). "Online Media Awards 2018". The Drum Awards. Retrieved 2018-04-22. 
  9. ^ Srivastava, Mehul; Mance, Henry. "Turkish TV station aims to switch western views". FT. Retrieved 27 January 2018. 
  10. ^ "TRT World Ceo İbrahim Eren: We will tell the truth, even if it is inconvenient or disturbing". DailySabah. Retrieved 2017-05-17. 
  11. ^ AM, Alev Scott On 8/22/16 at 10:55 (2016-08-22). "Turkish journalists seek refuge abroad post-coup". Newsweek. Retrieved 2017-05-17. 
  12. ^ Roettgers, Janko (2017-11-22). "How Turkey's TRT World Wants to Win Over U.S. Online Video Viewers". Variety. 
  13. ^ Roettgers, Janko (2017-11-22). "How Turkey's TRT World Wants to Win Over U.S. Online Video Viewers (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 2018-04-06.