” “Organized” Intolerance against “Magnificent Century” Series” – Bianet

After a statement of Deputy PM Arınç against the series “Magnificent Century”, members of the Felicity Party protested in front of the Show TV building. MHP members demanded to cancel the series. The history advisor and scriptwriter do not agree with the reactions.

The new TV series “Magnificent Century” set in the reign of Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent in the 16th century created quite a stir in the Turkish media and public. The series was launched on Show TV in the beginning of January. It was criticized by the Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT), the Anatolian Agency, the Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTÜK) and the responsible Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç. The series furthermore took flak from nationalist and Islamic parties.

Members of the Prosperity Party (SP) and the Anatolian Youth Association were accompanied by janissary musicians when they walked to the building of Show TV to express their protest against the series. Demonstrators destroyed advertisements of the series. Saying ‘Allah is great’, they also shouted slogans such as “Don’t sleep, government; take care of our history” and “Break the hands of the ones who touch the Ottomans”(…)

Source : Bianet

“Historians criticize controversial TV show for serious inaccuracies” – Today’s Zaman

“Muhteşem Yüzyıl” was filled with many serious mistakes according to historians. Source : Today's Zaman

“A new TV series about Süleyman the Magnificent, the famous Ottoman sultan, also known as Kanuni Sultan Süleyman (Süleyman the Lawmaker), continued to draw criticism after the first episode was aired on Wednesday evening.

Titled “Muhteşem Yüzyıl” (Magnificent Century), the series was filled with many serious mistakes, historians told Today’s Zaman.

Historian Ahmet Yaşar Ocak said he did not like the show, while author Okay Tiryakioğlu noted that the show appealed to the imagination of the West. Author Mustafa Armağan said the series will only serve to destroy the ideals of society.(…)”

Source : Today’s Zaman

“Turkish broadcasting board moves to change episode length” – Hürriyet

“Turkey’s Supreme Board of Radio and Television, or RTÜK, has launched a pilot study of the long duration of serial episodes in Turkey, addressing complaints from viewers.

“Our institution considers viewers’ concerns, rather than just those of broadcasters, bringing new regulations to address their demands as well,” said RTÜK Chairman Davut Dursun, according to an Anatolia news agency Sunday report.”

Source : http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/n.php?n=rtuk-launched-research-on-long-serial-episodes-time-length-2011-01-02

“Turkish Television Dramas Breaking Taboos While Conveying Conservative Messages ” – Eurasianet.com

Risque by Turkish standards, the wardrobes and plot lines of soap operas like Ask-i Memnu ("Forbidden Love") have caused some conservatives to bemoan their popularity. But some cultural critics say the shows offer nothing but conservative values with a modern. Source : Eurasianet (Photo courtesy www.askimennu.tv)

“Homosexuality and sexual violence on prime time Turkish television: there is a lot of shocking stuff being broadcast in Turkey these days. And Turkish conservatives are horrified.

On September 16, about one-third of all Turkish television viewers tuned in to watch one of the country’s most popular young actresses being gang-raped in the first episode of a new drama series. A couple of days later, a television channel bought recently by a businessman close to the former Islamist government televised the first ever Turkish-made soap opera to show two men in bed together, naked.

Such scenes have caused outrage among traditionalists belonging to all shades of the political spectrum. (…)”

Source : Eurasianet.com


“Turkish soap opera becomes popular in Greece” – Hürriyet Daily News

"Binbir Gece". Source : Hürriyet

“A new trend in Greece comes from Turkey and its name is “Binbir Gece” (Thousand and One Nights), a Turkish soap opera.

The soap focuses on a Turkish love story that has magnetized Greece’s television audience in such a way that the majority of the Greek press speaks about a Turkish invasion of Greek TV. “(…)

Source : http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/n.php?n=turkish-soap-opera-becomes-popular-in-greece-2010-07-18

“Ratings rift rocks Turkish television industry” – Research-live

TURKEY— The Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT) has thrown the Turkish TV industry into turmoil with plans to withdraw its channels from the ratings system run by AGB Nielsen, which is commissioned by joint industry committee TIAK.

News of the withdrawal came in a statement published in Turkish, a translation of which was carried by online news site Today’s Zaman.

In its statement, the broadcaster expressed dissatisfaction with the system, having seen its ratings drop consistently since April 2009.

TRT also reiterated claims it had made previously that TIAK had violated the country’s competition regulations. AGB Nielsen was similarly accused by TRT, however the Turkish Competition Board decided in November that there was no evidence or documents to support the allegations that AGB Nielsen was “exploiting its dominant position in ratings measurement by irregularities and false measurements”.(…)

Source : Research-live.com

“State-owned TRT channels withdraw from rating system” – Today’s Zaman

The Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT) announced yesterday that its channels will no longer be included in audience measurements provided by AGB Nielsen Media Research, which has been conducting TV audience research in Turkey since 1989.

TRT officials said in a written statement that the Television Audience Research Commission (TİAK), the joint industry committee responsible for awarding the contract for managing Turkey’s TV audience measurement system, has violated competition regulations.(…)

Source : Today’s Zaman

“Turkish Competition Board decides against AGB Nielsen probe” – Research-live

TURKEY— The Turkish Competition Board (RK) will not be investigating AGB Nielsen over allegations that the firm exploited its position as the country’s dominant TV ratings provider.

A preliminary investigation launched in September by RK found no evidence or documents to support allegations that “AGB Nielsen was exploiting its dominant position in ratings measurement by irregularities and false measurements”.(…)

Source : Research-live

“TNS trumps AGB Nielsen in race for Turkish TV ratings contract” – Resarch-live

“TURKEY— AGB Nielsen and Turkey’s TV audience measurement body, TÍAK, have launched a legal investigation after some members of Nielsen’s TV panel reported being offered money to change their viewing habits.

TNS will establish a 3,500 household panel, with each home fitted with the 5000 Series Modular PeopleMeter. The panel will begin reporting data from 2011 and TNS’s InfoSys software will be used for analysis.

In a statement, AGB Nielsen’s Turkey MD Craig Johnson said the firm was “naturally disappointed” to lose the contract, but vowed to “continue to work hard to deliver high quality data and service” until the hand-over date.(…)”

Source : Research-live.com

“AGB Nielsen to investigate Turkish TV tampering” – Research-live

“TURKEY— AGB Nielsen and Turkey’s TV audience measurement body, TÍAK, have launched a legal investigation after some members of Nielsen’s TV panel reported being offered money to change their viewing habits.

Craig Johnson, AGB Nielsen’s managing director in Turkey, told Researchthat some families said they were offered up to 300 Lira a month (approximately £130) to watch certain programmes and switch off during advert breaks.

He said: “We were alerted by one of our households on 10 April that they had been contacted by a third party. We don’t know who this third party is and we’re not going to speculate. We’re going through the due legal process to identify them.”(…)”

Source : Research-live.com

Article de Séverine Barthes : “Panorama de la recherche universitaire sur les séries télévisées en France”

Panorama de la recherche universitaire sur les séries télévisées en France

Séverine Barthes

Date de publication :
mercredi 15 avril 2009

Introduction :
“Pour vous parler de la recherche universitaire sur les séries télévisées en France, j’ai décidé de m’appuyer prioritairement sur les thèses de doctorat déjà soutenues ou en cours, tout en faisant écho à quelques autres ouvrages. En effet, c’est à ce niveau que les changements se voient en premier, que sont proposés les sujets les plus originaux, que sont menées les premières expérimentations. D’autre part, le panorama que je vous propose ne pourra pas être exhaustif. En effet, les publications universitaires sur les séries sont certes encore limitées, mais elles se font majoritairement par le biais de colloques et de revues, de telle sorte qu’il est extrêmement difficile, voire impossible, de toutes les recenser. (…)”

Lien :

“Dizi ekonomisi 1 milyar YTL’ye ulaştı” – Hürriyet

“Bölüm başına maliyetleri 100 ila 300 bin YTL arasında değişen televizyon dizilerinin, reklam ve sponsorluk gelirleriyle birlikte yaklaşık 1 milyar YTL’lik bir ekonomi ortaya çıkardığı belirtildi. (…)”

Source : Hürriyet, 4 octobre 2008


“TV Series Promoting Hate Speech Blocked” – Bianet

A new TV series which promotes use of violence and promotes hate and racist sentiments was removed from broadcast following consistent complaints. This very series contributed to the nationalist ideological climate in the country says, Asst Prof. Celenk.

A controversial TV series, namely Kurtlar Vadisi (Valley of Wolfs), has been removed from broadcast following disperse complaints by viewers to the Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTUK).

The production company stopped its diffusion without a formal intervention from the Council but the incident brought a debate on programmes including hatespeech and violence and/or censorship.

Subtitled “Terror”, the new series’ content was to deal with the Kurdish insurgency and relations with Iraq.(…)

Source : Bianet

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