TRT now a major shareholder in euronews

Fri, 09/11/2009 - 14:06

Euronews, the international multilingual news channel, and TRT (Turkish Radio-Television Corporation), a member of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), have announced that TRT has become a shareholder in euronews with a stake of 15.70%. The agreement came into effect on August 6, 2009, following a partnership agreement signed on February 27, 2009, for the launch of a Turkish-language version of euronews in January 2010. Turkish will be broadcast 24-hours a day, as the ninth language of euronews, alongside Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

TRT becomes the fourth main shareholder of euronews after France Télévisions (25.37%), RAI (Italy, 22.84%), and RTR (Russia, 16.94%). TRT will join the Supervisory Board of euronews, which will then comprise 14 members.

From 2010, euronews in Turkish will be broadcast on euronews’ comprehensive satellite network via 34 satellites covering the entire world. It will be available on all of the digital networks that distribute euronews (cable, ADSL, satellite and terrestrial), reaching more than 293 million households in 150 countries. The euronews web portal,, will add Turkish to its existing eight language versions.

TRT will also broadcast euronews’ Turkish-language version to more than 17 million households in Turkey and Turkish-speaking neighbouring countries via various distribution networks (analogue, digital terrestrial, cable, satellite, ADSL, mobile, etc.).

Launched in January 1993, euronews is the most-watched international news channel in Europe: every day, 2.8 million Europeans watch euronews on cable and satellite, while another 3.6 million watch it on terrestrial channels.