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AGENDA ITEM 11B: AUDIOVISUAL POLICY

PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING

SCREENING CHAPTER 10

INFORMATION SOCIETY AND MEDIA

Country Session: The Republic of TURKEY 13-14 July 2006

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Content

I. General Overview

II. Charter Agreement

III. State Monopoly

IV. Public Service Broadcasting Organisation

V. Dual System

VI. Constitutional Obligation of TRT

VII. Legal Framework of TRT

VIII. Administrative Structure of TRT

IX. The Mixed Funding Scheme for TRT

X. Broadcasting Activities of TRT

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General Overview

Broadcasting in Turkey, initiated and developed under

the supervision of public authority, has a strong

experience and tradition.

Dual System 1993

-Public Service Broadcasting Organization 1964 - 1993 State Monopoly 1937 - 1964 Charter Agreement 1927 - 1937 Broadcasting Model Time Period

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Charter Agreement

(1927-1937)

¾ In 1926-Turkish Wireless Telephone Inc., the first

broadcasting company in Turkey established as a joint stock company by private capital.

¾ Under the Charter Agreement signed with Ministry of

Internal Affairs in 1927, aforementioned Company operated the radio stations for 10 years.

¾ In 1937, the Charter Agreement were not renewed and administration of the radio stations taken over by a state monopoly.

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State Monopoly

(1937-1964)

¾ State monopoly in broadcasting continued under the

different name and different governmental bodies until 1964 when the 1961 Constitution in article 121 stipulated that

"The administration of broadcasting and television stations shall be regulated by law as autonomous public corporate bodies" .

¾ By depending on this Article, the duty of broadcasting was assigned to Turkish Radio and Television Corporation

(TRT) which was established by The Turkish Radio Television Law No.359 on May 1, 1964.

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Public Service Broadcasting Organization

(1964-1993) (I)

¾ The independent structure of the TRT lasted eight years. Article 121 was amended on 20 September 1971 and the structure of TRT was turned into an impartial public

corporate body with Law No.1568.

¾ In 1982, the new Constitution, in its Article 133,

restructured radio and television administration as an impartial public corporate body.

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Public Service Broadcasting Organization

(1964-1993) (II)

¾ By depending on the Article 133 of 1982 Constitution; Turkish Radio and Television Law No.2954 which

re-established TRT as an impartial public legal entity entered into force in 1983 and it is still valid.

¾ In 1993, TRT's monopoly position in broadcasting was

legally terminated by the addition of a new paragraph to the Article 133 of the Constitution: “Radio stations and

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Dual System

(1993- )

¾ With this amendment, the Constitution not only granted the "plurality /pluralism" and obliged the "authorization" in

broadcasting system, but also bestowed "autonomy" as a new indispensable feature to TRT Corporation, which

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Constitutional Obligation of TRT as a Public Service

Broadcaster

¾ To help making the “independence of the media” dominant, to maintain the free formation of the political willpower and to preserve the pluralism by extending choices.

¾ To accomplish this obligation, the followings are the indispensable attributes which are assigned to TRT by Constitution:

ƒ It is a public corporate body.

ƒ It is unique (there is no equivalent and no peer).

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Legal Framework of TRT

Due to this Constitutional requirement (not including the

amendment in 1993), following two laws, constitute the legal framework of TRT.

¾Turkish Radio Television Law (No. 2954) which ensures the impartiality of TRT as a "public economic enterprise" with some special provisions.

¾The Revenues of Turkish Radio Television Corporation Law (No.3093) which determines the provisions for the funding of the public service broadcasting.

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Administrative Structure of TRT

¾ Administrative Board is the highest decision-making and management organ of the corporation. Members serve a four-year term.

¾ The Director General who is also the Head of

Administrative Board is appointed for a four-year term by the Council of Ministers from among three candidates

nominated by the Radio and Television Supreme Council.

¾ Six members of Administrative Board are appointed by a decree of the Council of Ministers from among twelve candidates nominated by the Radio Television Supreme Council from among individuals distinguished in the field of electronics, mass communication, law, business

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The Mixed Funding Scheme for TRT

¾ The public service activities of TRT are funded by a combination of public and commercial revenue.

¾ The source of the funding and the way it is provided is regulated by The Revenues of Turkish Radio Television Corporation Law (Law No. 3093).

¾ The major source of funding is "a share of income from electricity utility consumption" which is regarded as a

particular method of collecting broadcasting (licence) fee.

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Broadcasting Activities of TRT

On two national and one international Teletext

Broadcast regularly scheduled

programmes in 27 languages over short wave transmitters and satellites

External

Broadcasting: Voice of TURKEY

4 national channels and 2 international channels. One of the national television channel is time-shared with broadcast from the Turkish Grand National

Assembly Television

Operates 4 national and 8 regional networks within the Country and two local stations

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