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TV Channels Slash Salaries and Production Budgets by 50% for the New Season

Legislation has mandated cuts in serials, broadcasts, and salaries to stabilize the TV industry, prevent a production bubble, and curb excessive earnings. The three major stations have agreed, leading some to exit and others to relocate to Turkey.

Turkey's Erdogan: Eurovision is a Threat to Family Values

For the past 12 years, Turkey has deliberately refrained from participating in the Eurovision Song Contest, with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan criticizing the event for promoting what he perceives as "gender neutralization" and posing a threat to traditional family values, as reported by the Associated Press.

Satti’s Eurovision entry ‘Zari’ climbs Spotify’s global ‘Viral 50’ list

Marina Satti's Eurovision entry "Zari" has become the first song with Greek lyrics to make it into Spotify's global "Viral 50" list.

With almost 13 million listens on the audio streaming platform, "Zari" now ranks 21st on the Spotify list of the "most viral tracks right now," climbing a number of places already on Tuesday.

Has Erdogan canceled his White House visit?

Amberin Zaman, Al-Monitor's chief correspondent covering major stories on the Middle East and North Africa, including Turkey, joins Thanos Davelis to get to the bottom of the rumors around whether Erdogan's White House visit was canceled or not.

Istanbul Film Festival on big screen in April

The Istanbul Film Festival is ready for its 43rd edition between April 17 and 28, bringing together acclaimed and award-winning films from the Türkiye and world cinema, as well as special screenings, stars and master filmmakers. Festival tickets are on sale as of today. 

Century-old flute returns home

A flute played 88 years ago by Zahit Özsezen, a solo flutist in the early years of the Turkish Republic, has been found in the U.S.

The wooden flute, called Non-Boehm, which Özsezen used about a century ago, has recently returned to the Turkish capital from California.

Turkey fines popular TV series after religious controversy

Turkey's radio and television watchdog RTUK on Thursday placed a two-week broadcasting ban on the popular television series "Kizil Goncalar" (Crimson Buds), a board member said, as it was deemed to be against "society's national and spiritual values."

What did you Google in 2023? ‘Barbie,’ Israel-Hamas war are among the year’s top internet searches

Your Google search history for 2023 has arrived.

Well, actually, the world's. On Monday, the California-based tech giant released its "Year in Search," a roundup of 2023's top global queries, ranging from unforgettable pop culture moments (hello, Barbenheimer ), to the loss of beloved figures and tragic news carrying worldwide repercussions.

Report: Turkey Copying Russia, Using Courts to Target Journalists

A report published by Germany's Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom on Thursday says Turkish and Russian governments are targeting journalists with an increasing number of court cases, using similar strategies.

Turkish singer sentenced over joke on religious schools

A court in Istanbul on Wednesday handed Turkish pop singer Gulsen a 10-month suspended sentence after convicting her of "inciting hatred and enmity" over a joke about Turkey's religious schools, Turkey's state-run news agency reported.

Turkish director’s film wins award in US

Turkish writer-director Selcen Ergun's debut feature "Snow and the Bear" (Kar ve Ayı) has won the New Directors Award at the 66th San Francisco International Film Festival (SFFILM), which was held from April 13 to 23 and featured local and international filmmakers and works.